Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Book Review : Diver Creed Station by Oliver Phipps

Summary (from Goodreads)

Title: Diver Creed Station

Author: Oliver Phipps

Publication Date: July 18, 2014

Publisher: Gray Door

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Wars, disease and a massive collapse of civilization have ravaged the human race of a hundred years in the future. Finally in the late twenty- second century, mankind slowly begins to struggle back from the edge of extinction. 

When a huge “virtual life” facility is restored from a hibernation type of storage and slowly brought back online, a new hope materializes. 

Fragments of humanity begin to move into the remnants of Denver and the Virtua-Gauge facilities, which offer seven days of virtual leisure for seven days work in this new and growing social structure. 

Most inhabitants of this new lifestyle begin to hate the real world and work for the seven day period inside the virtual pods. It’s the variety of luxury role play inside the virtual zone that supply’s the incentive needed to work hard for seven days in the real world. 

In this new social structure a man can work for seven days in a food dispersal unit and earn seven days as a twenty first century software billionaire in the virtual zone. As time goes by and more of the virtual pods are brought back online life appears to be getting better. 

Rizette and her husband Oray are young technicians that settle into their still new marriage as the virtual facilities expand and thrive. 

Oray has recently attained the level of a Class A Diver and enjoys his job. The Divers are skilled technicians that perform critical repairs to the complex system, from inside the virtual zone. 

His title of Diver originates from often working in the secure "lower levels" of the system. These lower level areas are the dividing space between the real world and the world of the virtual zone. When the facility was built, the original designers of the virtual system intentionally placed this buffer zone in the programs to avoid threats from non-living virtual personnel. 

As Oray becomes more experienced in his elite technical position as a Diver, he is approached by his virtual assistant and forced to make a difficult decision. Oray's decision triggers events that soon pull him and his wife Rizette into a deadly quest for survival. 

The stage becomes a massive and complex maze of virtual world sequences as escape or entrapment hang on precious threads of information. 

System ghosts from the distant past intermingle with mysterious factions that have thrown Oray and Rizette into a cyberspace trap with little hope for survival. 

My Thoughts:

This is the third book I’m reading by Oliver Phipps, and here I am saying this: “Oliver Phipps just with 3 books became my new favourite author. As always Phipps does an amazing job creating a reality that just fascinates you. His style of writing and the descriptions make you feel not an observer but a part of the story. I have been a big fun of dystopian novels after I read Huxley and Orwell, I still believe that they are like gods to me of dystopian, now my gods increased by one person – and that’s Oliver Phipps.

In all the latest dystopian novels that I’ve read in the past year, the beginning is always so confusing, however this time the author gives us an insight right from the start, so we know where we are and what’s going on from the very beginning. The plot that Phipps conjures is something absolutely fabulous. Merge reality with virtual reality and you may have a rough idea what might be going on here. I loved the book for this uniqueness and even though the plot is set in the future, the situations that we see make us feel as if we are still in 21st century.

The main characters – Rizette and Oray are a young married couple, which work in the virtual reality and all the “fun”, if we can call if fun starts when Oray discovers a conspiracy. Now we are thrown in a reality with a little hope, and it’s up to us to understand the book. This book combines Sci-Fi with humor and makes us enjoy the book from the first page to the last one. There are many moments that might first sound fun, but at the same time make you think as to how the technology progresses too fast. I do not think that my kid brother will know what a cassette is when he will be 13. Yes, even if you were not a fan of Sci-Fi novels, you will become, right before even finishing “Diver Creed Station”.

Are you ready to dive into an adventure, which will make you laugh but will ask you to think too? Are you ready for a futuristic reality that might actually become our future? I mean, many people are starting to be more obsessed with virtual reality nowadays then the real one. I remember once I read somewhere that the reality is the one that we make ourselves. Get ready for the suspense that will leave you craving more, that’s what Oliver Phipps is amazing in. You still haven’t got your copy? What are you waiting for? Enjoy this amazing book to its fullest, and get addicted to Oliver Phipps as I did. Stay tuned for more reviews as well as promo posts here, on Katie’s Corner. Don’t forget to share you thoughts below! Don’t miss you next favourite book! Happy reading!



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