Monday, August 8, 2011

Book Review: Cel and Anna: A 22nd Century Love Story by Lindsey Edmunds

You are about to enter the Middle Machine Age, where good citizens of the Reunited States are either Outsiders or denizens of the UnderWorld. Things are in uneasy balance, like a fantastic house of cards that grows ever taller.

Anna Ringer knows something about uneasy balance. She is a troubled employee of a mysterious company called Lighthorse Magic. Her computer, Cel, develops self-awareness and decides he loves her. She meets a shy young computer genius named Taz Night, who ALSO falls in love with her.

When Cel orders a thousand lillifleurs to be delivered to Anna's apartment, he inadvertently unleashes a datastorm called the Emperor Worm. This vortex of electronic garbage smashes everyone's house of cards.

Anna is falsely accused of terrorism in connection with the storm. With Cel in a backpack, she runs away with Taz deep into the country. In close pursuit is Public Eye, the amoral enforcement arm of the government.

"Whole-souled, full-circled folks come home," an old song says. With their former lives in ruins, Taz and Anna find that the road home takes some surprising turns 

Cel and Anna is a delightful science fiction novel.  The premise is George Orwell-esque from his novel 1984 where "big brother" is watching everything you do - without the overwhelming darkness. 

The synopsis tells you everything you need to know about this book.  It starts off a little slow for me, but the pace picks up and then continues at a good clip.  The concept of a computer falling in love with a woman is pretty unique; thus, enjoyable to read about.

The characters were well-written, even Cel, the computer!  I found the most change in Anna as the story began, she was rather shy and didn't interact with live people very much.  Through the story she grew and changed until she was very comfortable around people and capable of making friends.

Cel and Anna is a breath of fresh air in the science fiction genre.  It flows smoothly and reads fairly quickly.  It's definitely worth your time!

*Disclaimer:  I received this book free from the author, I was not required to write a positive review.

I give this book 4 Bookworms.

Paperback:  310 pages
Publisher:  CreateSpace (February 25, 2011)
ISBN-10:  1453839992
ISBN-13:  978-1453839997

Format:  ebook
File Size:  342kb

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