Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Crosstalk by Connie Willis


Briddey is about to get exaclty what she thinks she wants...
Briddey is a high-powered exec in the mobile phone industry, overseeing new products from concept ('anything to beat the new apple phone') to delivery. And she works with her wonderful partner, Trent. They've been together for six magical weeks, in a whirlwind of flowers, dinners, laughter and now comes the icing on the cake: not a weekend away or a proposal but something even better. An EDD. A procedure which will let them sense each other's feelings. Trent doesn't just want to tell her how much he loves her - he wants her to feel it. Everything is perfect.
The trouble is, Briddey can't breathe a word of it to anyone (difficult, when the whole office is guessing) until she's had two minutes to call her family. And they're hounding her about the latest family drama, but when they find out about the EDD - which they will - they'll drop everything to interrogate her. And it might just be easier to have the procedure now and explain later. Only Apple is poised to deliver an amazing new product and she has to be one step ahead... is she can only persuade their tech genius, C.B., to drop his crazy ideas about a 'privacy phone' with its 'do not disturb' settings, and focus on what people really want: more efficient, instinctive and immediate ways to communicate.
The race is on: not just for new, cutting-edge technology, but also for a shred of privacy in a public world and - for Briddey - a chance for love at the heart. 
This book is set in the future, but in the very near future. It does not specify exactly how near in the future, but the Kardashians are mentioned in passing, and apparently Kim and Kanye were still together, shortly before the events that occur in the book. 

It also mentions Brad and Angelina... I guess I wasn't the only one who didn't see their divorce coming. I don't think anyone expected it, and I know the author didn't expect their break up to be announced right as his book was released. 

Being set in the near future, most of the events in the story (and the technology) are totally plausible, today. That makes the story unique and different from many books I've read. 

The main character works at a tech company that is preparing a phone that will rival Apple's new iPhone that is about to be release and supposedly has some kind of secret, crazy awesome new technology. So far, none of this sounds unbelievable in today's society, does it?

That is, except for the one little aspect of couples getting EDDs to connect emotionally with their partners... EDDs are brain implants and allow couples to help them connect with each other and feel what their partner feels. So, that't the exception to similarities to today's capabilities, but who knows what they'll come up with next!

This book was AWESOME! Although it does involve a love triangle of sorts, which I expressed my disapproval of in my review of Wolf Road, it wan't anything even remotely like those I was referring to that  are so common in YA books nowadays. 

Briddey doesn't have to debate over who of the two unlikely suitors is the best choice. She may not know the whole time, but she doesn't do the mushy wishy-washy thing. 

Thus book was very unique and had lots of unexpected twists and turns along the way. I really want to say what my was, but it would give away a HUGE spoiler. So, you'll just have to read the book and see what your favorite plot twist way. Then, let me know and we can see if it was the same one. 

Overall, this book as great and a really entertaining read! While it might not have as much humor as Spontaneous, it definitely had its fare share of funny!

If you are a fan of YA fantasy/paranormal or Sci-Fi and want to read a book about the dangers of being too connected, you will love this book! Check it out! 

I received this book from the publishers, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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