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Welcome to the first Surveillance Peace State

In utopia nothing is unknown. The Cloud sees, records and shares everything. Apps can tell you anything about anyone from anywhere. No secret can be kept, no wrong can be done . . . except by a Ghost. Invisible to the Cloud and overlooked by humanity, these shadow people lead hidden lives off the grid. Unrestricted by the Cloud, a Ghost is capable of anything, even destruction.

But with their freedom comes the curse of isolation. Trapped on society’s fringe, their exclusion from the Cloud also allows others to act against them in secret. A group of Cloud Users, the life of each touched by a Ghost, is following the trail of disjointed memories and faulty recordings. They threaten the fragile existence of the Ghosts, but among the Ghosts lurks the threat of violence and evil, so now these two worlds will clash.

For the Ghosts, it is another round in their fight for survival. For the Users, all they know is now in doubt. To find the truth they will have to see past the Cloud, but what they find there will challenge everything they took for fact about the Cloud, about the Ghosts, and about themselves.



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Cyberpunk Adventure

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Dec 2, 2012: In this complex futuristic novel, there is no longer any formal government but all aspects of life are dominated by the Cloud and attendant apps. It starts by following a protagonist, Virginia, through her life in the Cloud, from conducting scientific experiments to sex shares to speaking at a virtual citizens’ assembly. A few chapters in, a freak accident causes Virginia to become aware of an apparent impossibility – the existence of Ghosts, people who for some reason cannot be sensed by the all pervasive Cloud. As she attempts to hunt down a Ghost the security and transparency of Cloud life dissolves into intrigue and situations of mortal danger. The rest of the story is told from multiple perspectives – the Ghosts who are trying to stay hidden at any costs, and the Cloud Users whose attitudes range from curiosity to hatred and fear.

This is a remarkable creation, detailed and innovative. I sometimes found this strange world with its in-story terminology hard to follow, and the narration stilted and disconnected, although once the plot picks up with the introduction of the Ghosts the action carries the story along. It’s certainly an interesting, intense, and intricately crafted offering, worth a look for any fans of the cyberpunk genre.

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