We Are Satellites

Berkley. May 2021. 400p. ISBN 9781984802606. pap. $15.99. SF
If everyone else is doing it, why shouldn’t you? This is the question asked by one family—Val and Julie, and their children David and Sophie—when the brain-enhancing device called a Pilot is introduced to the world. First comes David, a teen struggling at school and wanting to keep up with his friends. Then Julie, as her colleagues at the congressional office each get one. But Val and Sophie are left behind; by choice for Val, and because Sophie’s seizures will not allow it. As society integrates Pilot with subsidies, the divide becomes more clear. What happens when decisions begin to pull at the woven family structure, as David enlists in the Army, and Sophie becomes an anti-Pilot leader? There is always another side to the coin, and the answers are ones that many will go to great lengths to hide.
VERDICT Pinsker’s (A Song For A New Day) meticulous research and melodious prose bring readers to the heart of a family and the challenges of societal expectations, technology, and the desire to advance without fully understanding the consequences.
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