Tabatha Shipley kindly approached me a few weeks ago to offer her most recent published novel in exchange for a book review. I’m very happy that I can help out other authors whilst also immersing myself in new and different books.
Projection is a dystopian novel, which admittedly is the kind of fiction I normally read anyway for fun, but this one is aimed at a young adult audience. It follows the character Emma who lives in a world obsessed with digital chips, which are inside the wrist of every person. Every experience that has ever happened to them is stored on these chips so that if someone wants to recall a memory, they simply command their phone to replay the memory and it is presented before them, as if it’s a film from their perspective. They can also share these memories with others. Except Emma’s device somehow malfunctions and she has to find out why or if it can be fixed.
I absolutely love the premise of this book. I love immersing myself in dystopian worlds because it’s interesting to think about what it would be like to live in different circumstances. I thought that the world was entirely believable in the realm of the dystopian and in terms of technology advancing at the rate that it is. I also hadn’t read anything like it before so in terms of originality it’s definitely succeeding.
Personally, the writing style wasn’t my favourite. It was very matter-of-fact, telling and not showing, and I like a lot of description – or at least, description that doesn’t feel so cliche or forced, which in this book it was at times. I think this might partially be because it is aimed at a younger audience, so apart from the occasional swear word, I would say this book is aimed at the younger side of teenage years. Older teens may find the writing lacks something.
However, I did like the relationships that were formed between the characters. Emma and her two best friends Bella and Tyler are quite typical of teenagers and I loved how close they are. I think the dialogue between them was mostly realistic, but there were moments when things did seem dramatised (crying over small things and the cliche phrases, particularly at the end).
It’s Bella. Perfect attendance, straight A Bella. She’s in the hallway instead of class. For me. “What are you doing here?”
“Just supporting a friend.”
Honestly there are faults to this book, but I never thought about quitting reading it and that counts for something! The dystopian concept of the book was by far the most powerful part about it and this definitely intrigued me enough to want to read until the end! If you’re looking for an easy-read that doesn’t make you think too much but also makes you see life a little differently, then Projection is the one for you.
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