Book Review: HYPERTHOUGHT by M.M. Buckner
by John C. Snider, Scifidimentions.com
By the mid-21st century, global warming has rendered the surface of the Earth uninhabitable. The population live mostly in crowded underground cities far from the equator, breathing processed air – their governments run by draconian mega-corporations called “.Coms”.
Jolie Sauvage caters to the very “Commie” overlords she despises, arranging thrilling tours of the surface using special “surfsuits”. When Jin Airlangga Sura, the movie-star son of the lord of Pacific.Com, joins one of Jolie’s tours, she finds herself smitten by him. He is not the haughty socialite she expected – indeed, he appears to have a kind heart and a burning desire to change the oppressive society created by the likes of his father. Jolie introduces Jin to her friend Judith Merida, a kooky-but-seemingly-harmless “doctor” who claims to have developed a nanotech procedure that will allow patients to experience reality at the quantum level. Jin sees this as the perfect opportunity to find a way to solve the world’s problems – but Jolie sees it as a quick ticket to a frontal lobotomy! Is “hyperthought” possible, or just one of Dr. Merida’s cons?
D’accord! A Preter-cool First Novel
Hyperthought is the first novel from Nashville-based M.M. Buckner – and it’s a good one. It’s a hip, fast-moving action adventure with a cyberpunk feel. It’s also a bit reminiscent of Norman Spinrad’s Greenhouse Summer – both thematically and stylistically. And maybe – just maybe – it gives us an excuse to actually like the French.
Buckner’s depiction of Jolie’s world is vibrant and believable, except for some less-than-imaginative Capitalists-versus-Proletariat political intrigue. Buckner tosses in lots of nice little touches that could easily have been overdone, notably Jolie’s Euro-slang and her hinted-at scientific religion (complete with references to “Saint Einstein” and “praying to the Laws of Physics”). And not to give anything away, but the results of Jin’s “hyperthought” development are more subtle and ambiguously intriguing than one might expect – again, a wise use of restraint over sensationalism.
I highly recommend Hyperthought. It’s a smart and sassy first novel -and if it’s any indication of her talent, M.M. Buckner will be around for a long time.
Hyperthought is available from Amazon.com.