The title certainly got my attention. It made me want to know more. There are some things about this book that might turn people away. I'm not sure if it has to do with last month being a not great reading month but this book is slow going and it isn't a long book. Does that make sense? I also think people might be turned off by the way a couple of characters speak. It was also really creepy how this one character showed too much interest in a thirteen year old kid. Oh excuse me thirteen and a half.
The impression I get is that these two characters speak the way they do because the author wants to show that English isn't their first language. Some people might think they are typos or might be annoyed by it. I'm thinking it was done on purpose although I will admit that the two characters are pretty much the same when it comes to speaking so there could be confusion on who is who. I don't think it was really necessary.
The concept of this book is really interesting. This world takes a step beyond what is already happening in the real world since Alexa is a program that you can interact with. It does make me think of Dollhouse a little bit because in this world peoples essences and brains are being uploaded to a computer. It also makes me think of The Matrix because you have these people who died but whose spirits live on in this virtual reality. I'm not sure if I was just in a weird head space but I did a bit of crying during the start of this book. It was sad because you have Rose a girl that's on the verge of dying which is sad because she's just a sixteen year old kid. I couldn't help but think of Alexa. This takes that a step further where you actually see the person and can interact with them because they retain the memories of who they were before they die.
Shortly before Rose's death a man shows up promising to save her. Of course that doesn't happen but he shows up and the next thing you know Koren is able to talk to her sister again. Koren is used as the face of this new technology but I have to admit that it gets a bit creepy how they portray her to the world. It goes back and forth from the real world to the virtual world. It is easy to read and you do want to know what's going to happen next because you're wondering about what's going on in the virtual world. It is a good start to a series.