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Each of these characters is attempting to communicate across gaps - to estranged spouses, lost friends, future readers, or a computer program that may or may not understand them. In dazzling and electrifying prose, Louisa Hall explores how the chasm between computer and human - shrinking rapidly with today's technological advances - echoes the gaps that exist between ordinary people. Though each speaks from a distinct place and moment in time, all five characters share the need to express themselves while simultaneously wondering if they will ever be heard, or understood.
Publisher: New York :, Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, 2015
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062391193
Characteristics: 316 pages ; 24 cm


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WestSlope_TheaH Aug 21, 2018

This novel is interesting and unusual. I think it’s a very well-done multiple perspective novel, with each voice convincing. Speak is about artificial intelligence but several threads run throughout as each narrator contemplates what makes us human. Is it experience? Memory? A capacity for original words? Emotion? One last reason to pick it up: Hall is also a poet and was one of Seamus Heaney’s students---it shows in her use of precise and vivid images.

May 17, 2016

Too much uninteresting rambling and repetition from each character. Some interesting ideas but so much flotsam to wade through before getting there.

Nov 17, 2015

Like Robopocalypse, you slowly piece the plot together - girls are getting attached to their lifelike AI dolls, and when the dolls are outlawed, the girls seem to go into comas. But like Cloud Atlas, a wide variety of voices across many eras tell the whole story - an early colonial girl, Alan Turing, the creator of the robots, and, finally, one of the robots itself. So good. Satisfying on literary, scientific, and emotional levels. Read it!

Oct 15, 2015

Very reminiscent of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas in the structure and narrative voices. I loved this book and felt invested in all of the story lines individually and even more so at their intersections.

Aug 04, 2015

I really liked the premise of this book, but found the execution lacking.

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