Title: The Erden Archives
Author: Whisky Wilson
Book procurement: Received from the author for an honest review. Book on Goodreads.
Release Date: Nov 1, 2016.
The Erden Archives: A Monthly Short Fiction Series by Whisky Wilson.
In a digital world, truth is numeral, and whoever holds the code can break free or enslave.
Erden is a world on the brink of cataclysm. Overpopulated and unenlightened, humanity settled into a comfortable cycle of technological progress at a considerable, hidden expense. Shadow players move people, private militaries, and entire governments in a games of winner-take-all chess. From behind the scenes, they manipulate information, spinning the truth to ensure their supremacy.
The Erden Archives shares the experiences of those who discover the dark, layered depths of truth on Erden. To see the world below the surface, individuals must decipher the ancient history of Erden. Hidden in myth, legend and symbolism, truth waits for their discovery on the fringes of knowledge, where technology and magic blend seamlessly.
Pursued by secret organizations, these individuals struggle against all odds to discover the truth before it is too late- a truth that humanity is not prepared to receive.
Jessica Barnett, a student studying abroad, finds herself in an impossible situtation. When a friend betrays her loyalty for profit, Jessica makes a decision where lives hang in the balance.
A very short read but with an interesting premise of what is to come. The Erden Archives begins with a short yet insightful introduction to Jessica Barnett, who seems to be a rarity among the common folk who have become overly dependent on technology. Humans are able to have implants, yet of course everything comes at a cost. She just doesn’t know exactly how much, even as she is betrayed by a friend who has his own secrets.
The world building is set-up well, with a glimpse at both the good and bad of the technological era where the Erden Archives takes place. The characters introduced so far are unique in their own way, and seem to have interesting stories to tell. It did, however, read like most futuristic stories: flying cars: instant knowledge downloads: a Fifth Element vibe.
Sadly it was also quite short and seemed like a long first chapter in book form. I can’t wait to see what the dynamic Whisky Wilson will do in the next book. Hopefully a nice long novel.
Rating: An intriguing 3 out of 5.