We Are Satellites

Books on Tape. May 2021. 12:37 hrs. ISBN 9780593347249. $95. SF
When teenaged David, hoping to improve his grades, asks his two mothers for a Pilot, a device that improves mental processing, he begins a journey that will divide his family. Julie, a politician’s administrator, is intrigued by the Pilot device and finds its electric blue LED implanted on the right temple strangely cool; eventually, she gets one for herself. Her wife Val, a teacher, is opposed. David’s sister Sophie can’t have a Pilot implanted because of her epilepsy, and she’s rightfully mistrustful of Balkenhol Neural Laboratories, the corporation that developed the implant. Bernadette Dunne brings a slightly pedantic quality to her narration.
VERDICT Fans of hard science fiction set in the very near future will enjoy this familiar exploration of a piece of technology that creates its own challenges, bisects society, and carves a huge divide between the haves and have-nots.
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