More Perfect

Gallery/Saga. Aug. 2023. 592p. ISBN 9781982142834. pap. $19.99. SF
Oh’s (Do You Dream of Terra-Two??) near-future novel, loosely based on the myth of Eurydice and Orpheus, is set in London when much of the world is linked online through a neural implant called Pulse. Teenager Moremi was excited to have her Pulse installed, but five years after a terrorist event killed her mother, Moremi is lonely and burdened by grief and trauma. Hoping to move on with her life, she agrees to a procedure that will alter her memories. When she meets Orpheus, the Dreamscaper from her procedure, she falls into a whirlwind love affair with him. Their happiness together is short-lived, however, as Orpheus is jailed, based on the probability that he will commit a crime in the future. But Moremi will do anything to save him amid a battle for the future that pits the controlling government against “neo-Luddites,” who believe in the freedom of an off-grid life. Readers will find themselves immersed in the intricate and deeply felt wonder and horror of this world.
VERDICT Oh has written a stunning dystopian tale that contemplates the future of augmented reality, and who controls it, through a heartrending love story.
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