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The Complete Atopia Chronicles (edition 2012)

by Matthew Mather (Author)

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Member:PhaedraB
Title:The Complete Atopia Chronicles
Authors:Matthew Mather (Author)
Info:PhutureNews Publishing (2012), Paperback, 552 pages
Collections:Your library, Consigned, to be deaccessioned, cover verified, Fiction
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Complete Atopia Chronicles (Volume 1) by Matthew Mather

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ABR's full The Atopia Chronicles audiobook review can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Here we are in a bleak future where we are using all of our resources (big surprise) so some brilliant people come up with the idea of Atopia. A place where you can go and live how you want getting all of your pleasures fulfilled. And I do mean … all of them! But you have to be careful what you wish for!! With differing points of view for each story it is very easy to see and understand how the character of that story feels. I was immediately caught up in the storyline from book one and enjoyed most how Matthew Mather ends these. A bit evil (right up my alley).

Book one and two really caught me and I think there was a real moral lesson to be learned in them, as in this entire story, but those two stuck with me all the way through. It helps that every story starts at the same time and I got to see some of the characters that I’ve come to know. Each story gives a little more depth, and then a bit more so by the end I was able to see how they intertwined.

The audio for this was fabulous. I loved that this has different narrators. There are so many characters that NOT having multiple narrators may have bogged the voices down, but as it is I was able to interpret the voices very easily. It also helps that at the beginning of some of the chapters in later books we are told who is giving their point of view. Also, sometimes I feel like an audio would be better read in book form, in this case with the differing characters and the great production, hands down suggest audio all the way.

Audiobook purchased for review by ABR. ( )
  audiobibliophile | Aug 29, 2014 |
This book is not nearly as good as the reviews lead you to believe. It is a collection of short stories that are, apparently, connected. Story one is about a woman who wishes her reality away... probably a better concept if we cared about the character, or could accept her being stupid enough to do what she does in the story. She is supposed to be a professional, and yet... her choices are ones an 8 year old would know better than to make.

Story 2... was just dumb. Sexist and flat characters who don't do anything other than discuss how unhappy one of them is. I think this is supposed to contain a moral, but I don't know what it is. Unless it is that having children won't save a relationship.

Book 3 was okay in that it was kind of interesting at the start, but, by the end of it (and remember it is short so I shouldn't have had enough time to be annoyed), you have heard about 20 different possibilities which are just more variations on a theme. The story is too short to add extra scenes just to show how "smart" the author is in thinking up another possible time line.

Story 4 is by far the worst. Very lecturey on the nature of virtual reality and the main character is just a stereotypical 20-something entitled boy. Who is described using drugs in a manner that someone who has never used drugs might describe.

All in all. Waste of time and money. The concept could have been interesting, but the presentation by this selection of 4 stories certainly didn't express the concept very well. ( )
  crazybatcow | Apr 8, 2014 |
Può la somma delle parti (quelle lette perlomeno) essere minore delle parti stesse? In questo caso sì perché le storie singolarmente si salvano con un colpo di scena finale ma il volume completo è un mattonazzo che mi è risultato fortemente indigesto.
E' composto da 6 storie collegate tra loro, ne ho lette 4 bene e le ultime 2 con l'avanti veloce giusto per capire dove si andava a parare.
Ci sono buone idee e molte potenzialità, purtroppo i personaggi mi sono risultati insopportabili e nel complesso non avevo alcun desiderio di proseguire la lettura, quindi onestamente lo abbandono.

Blue Skies ★★★
A Olympia viene prescritto l'uso del pssi system per superare lo stress e evitare ulteriori attacchi di panico.
La donna però evidentemente odia interfacciarsi con la tecnologia e pagherà molto caro il disinteresse, l'incompetenza e l'ignoranza in materia.
Ho trovato Olympia estremamente insopportabile e il finale della storia altamente prevedibile; comunque abbastanza è avvincente.

Chilplay ★★★.5
Il sistema pssi è ben radicato in Atopia e il comandante Rick Strong incita la moglie, poco integrata in una nuova colonia, a usarlo anche per testare la vita con un bambino "virtuale" prima di provare ad averne uno reale.

Timedrops ★★★.5
Il protagonista della storia è ossessionato dall'idea di sfuggire alla morte e sfrutta i sistemi pssi per simulare le varie linee temporali fino a trovare quella utile; per questo motivo molte delle sue azioni sono prive di significato se non quello di appartenere alla corretta linea. Si viene anche a scoprire che questa storia scorre parallela alle precedenti.

Brothers Blind ★★★.5
In questo episodio sono protagonisti due fratelli, Bobby e Martin, il primo dedica la sua vita a giochi multiplayer su sistemi pssi, mentre il secondo non ha gli stessi interessi.

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May the sum of the stars (the read ones at least) be less than the single part stars themselves? In this specifica case is possible since the single stories gets better in the ending thanks to a coup de théâtre, however reading one after the other may result quite boring.
There are 6 connected stories (not the Cloud Atlas way), I've read 4 of them and the last 2 in a forward approach to discover the ending.
There are good ideas and lot of potential, unfortunately the characters are mostly umbearable; overall I had not the slightes desire to go on reading, so I honestly left it partially un-read.

Blue Skies ★★★
Olympia needs to use the pssi system to overcome stress and to avoid panic attacks.
The woman clearly hates to manage technology and she will pay her unconcern, incompetence and ignorance.
I found Olympia utterly annoying and the story's end highly foreseeable; however quite engaging.

Chilplay ★★★.5
The pssi system is now used in Atopia and Commander Rick Strong suggest his wife to use it, also to test life with a virtual kid before having a real one.

Timedrops ★★★.5
The main character wants to avoid his death, so he uses the pssi systems to simulate various possible futures until finding the correct one for living. For this his actions can be meaningless despite the fact that they belong to the correct time-line.
The reader discovers also that this story happens simultaneously to the first and the second ones.

Brothers Blind ★★★.5
The protagonists of this story are two brothers, Bobby and Martin, the former one dedicates his life to multiplayer games on the pssi system, while the latter one has quite opposite interests. ( )
  Saretta.L | Mar 31, 2013 |
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