Speak

Speak

Book - 2015
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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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Marge2015
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.

Chapel_Hill_SusanM 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!

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jdorr096
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.

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25schmeckles
Aug 04, 2015

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

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