Influx

Influx

Paperback - 2015
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New York Times bestselling author Daniel Suarez imagines a chilling future where technological advances are held hostage by the government in this thriller that perfectly blends "nail-biting suspense with accessible science" ( Publishers Weekly ).

Physicist Jon Grady and his team have discovered a device that can reflect gravity--a triumph that will revolutionize the field of physics and change the future. But instead of acclaim, Grady's lab is locked down by a covert organization known as the Bureau of Technology Control.

The bureau's mission: suppress the truth of sudden technological progress and prevent the social upheaval it would trigger. Because the future is already here. And it's rewards are only for a select few.

When Grady refuses to join the BTC, he's thrown into a nightmarish high-tech prison housing other doomed rebel intellects. Now, as the only hope to usher humanity out of its artificial dark age, Grady and his fellow prisoners must try to expose the secrets of an unimaginable enemy--one that wields a technological advantage half a century in the making.
Publisher: New York : Signet, 2015
ISBN: 9780451469441
0451469445

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Mr_Cliff Jan 23, 2017

I loved the whole concept of this book. I mean, why don't we have flying cars yet! And I don't know if you've seen "hoverboards" these days, but they have wheels! You may think cures for terrible diseases, unlimited cheap energy, and yes, even anti-gravity suits are beyond us. It's all a lie! We could have all these things if a top-secret agency even the government has forgotten about hadn't decided they would be too disruptive to society. This was a fun, quick read, and without giving too much away, I'll just say, don't mess with the Geniuses!

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StarGladiator
Jul 14, 2014

[From the book: It is the nature of consciousness to resist domination.] At least 10 stars for rating [maybe 15 to 20?]. If you enjoyed Suarez's previous books, Daemon and Freedom, you'll love this! [Kill Decision, while good writing, was just too status quo-y for me.] Pure science fiction, but if you read Robert O'Harrow's book, No Place to Hide [2003] and Glenn Greenwald's book of the same title, No Place to Hide [2014], then maybe it isn't really pure science fiction after all, but a seriously topical SF novel? Publishers Weekly compares Suarez to Michael Crichton, which is quite insulting to Daniel Suarez, as Crichton was never this good!

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