Published by Soho Press on April 19th, 2016
Genre: Adult Science Fiction
What if you could live multiple lives simultaneously, have constant, perfect companionship, and never die? That’s the promise of Join, a revolutionary technology that allows small groups of minds to unite, forming a single consciousness that experiences the world through multiple bodies. But as two best friends, Chance and Lucky, living in an alternate version of our own near future quickly discover, the light of that miracle may be blinding them to its horrors. Jolted out of comfortable, professional routines by a brutal encounter with a terrifying stranger and a malfunction in the join technology, Chance and Lucky follow a faint trail of clues off the grid in their desperate search for a cure. Their journey leads them into the scarred heart of the North American continent. There, within the improvised shelter of the “solos” left behind by the rush of technology, they encounter the architects of a new kind of human consciousness. With the planet descending into environmental ruin, their trust of each other becomes their only guide through the moral hazards of a society in which individual identity has come undone. Along the way, they must confront their own long-buried secrets, and learn how their story of injured conscience connects them to the arc of human evolution. A deftly crafted, kaleidoscopic novel with the pulse of a thriller, Join explores big ideas in the current zeitgeist on an intimate, human scale.
Incredibly intricate, imaginative, and genius! Steve Toutonghi definitely had his work cut out for him when he pursued this endure. I am in awe with the complexity of the plot, characters, and world-building. After first, you feel as if you’ve been thrown under the bus. New characters with new abilities. A new world to explore with new laws, terms, and technologies. It is always good to have a notebook sitting by when you dive into a story as details and complex as this one. The entire concept is fascinating and thought-provoking. To imagine living with three or four other people who are closely connected and preform tasks that can benefit or injure the group, is incredible yet frightening. Though Toutonghi’s writing is great, I found it to be a little too technical, wordy, and slightly confusing. It definitely takes a took chuck of the book for my to fully understand and comprehend what term meant what. I wish there were more explanations, or at least, less vague description. I found this book to be very intriguing.