Book review ~ Gray Matters,John Gastil

Gray Matters
Author : John Gastil
Genre : Dystopian/Political
Publisher : Cosmic Egg Books
Release date : 31 July 2020

Can the digital networks that record our footprints hold us steady when dementia threatens to push us off the path? This question has real stakes for data analyst Charlie Sanders. His best hope for a father succumbing to Alzheimer’s comes from assistive technology that Charlie helps design for a scrappy startup. Despite early successes, Charlie has growing doubts about the motives of each of his colleagues – the eccentric CEO in Seattle, the call center guru in India, and the Trump-loving Aussie transplant who keeps the books. His worries grow when the company takes on a clandestine client who occupies the Oval Office. Will Charlie keep his father and his country on track, or turn a whole generation into glitches?

I went into this book thinking I would get a whole ton of dystopian tech with an insight of its impact on society, with a whole senior population having a lot of importance through the story. Well. I kind of got the opposite of that.

First of all, I didn’t understand the concept of the Loop too much. So I didn’t think too much about it, and thought to keep going and see how it goes later on. Well… It remained blurry for me, and the tremendous amount of politics involved did discourage me a lot to finish the book. So, no, I didn’t finish the book entirely. I read thoroughly until approximately 30% and after fighting myself to keep on reading even though I wasn’t too sure what was going on and giving myself a headache, I kind of dropped it. I still flew through some pages until the end to see a little how the rest of the book was built, but it only seemed to worsen.

I honestly think the huge political aspect of the book scared me and discouraged me to finish. However, the writing really isn’t bad, and although I didn’t get into the story at all, I can admit it’s not because it’s a bad book.

Since I haven’t read everything, I won’t say much about the characters. They simply didn’t make an impression on me, besides Charlie’s dad, who’s one of the testing subjects for all the technology his son’s company is developping. The old man was super sassy, grumpy, and was extremely funny to me. He’s the only one who didn’t think too much about anything and I loved that spirit.

Overall, it’s a somewhat serious-ish book, and it deals with dystopia in a very hard and adult way that I definitely wasn’t ready for. I don’t think it’s a bad book, I merely think it is not for me. I didn’t feel invested in either the plot or the characters, but it must be a matter of personal taste.

Thanks for reading !
See you soon,
Jade ❤

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