crosstalk

I had mixed feelings about this book, but it was interesting, so I want to share it with you all.

It’s set in the future, though it reads a lot like now except for one thing–a device designed to help you share the feelings of your committed partner. Briddey Flannigan wants to be delighted when her boyfriend Trent suggests they get one prior to his proposing ,so they can feel how much they love each other during the proposal. But she’s stressed about telling her family, and not too sure it’s a good idea. Rushed along into the procedure, Briddey soon realizes something has gone wrong–it’s not Trent she’s connected to–and then things get even worse, problem piling upon problem.

The things I didn’t like are difficult to explain without spoilers. But, there are some implausible moments, facts the author asks you to accept that seem statistically unlikely, corny villain moments, and a little too much of people making decisions for others ‘for their own good.’ That last one always annoys me! And it definitely felt like it could use some trimming in a few areas, though many of the stretches may have been meant to show how the character felt–trapped, spinning in circles, moments stretching without relief. That was done pretty well, getting inside Briddey’s head quite literally, and showing how things falls apart for her.

Overall, it has some funny lines, and interesting things to say about communication. Yes, it’s dressed up in a fancy device, but it’s really about how technology connects people together–and can be applied to phone calls, texts, emails, etc. Sometimes you can be very easy to reach, but hard to talk to, after all. And often, less is more. Is it a good thing to know what your partner is feeling? Maybe not. There might be such a thing as too much truth–and not enough privacy.

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About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

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