“JoinWith.Me” is a fascinating book….part near-future realistic dystopia, part cautionary tale, and part plain old great storytelling. It explores themes like humanity’s increasing dependence on technology, how technology can evolve and learn, and the resilience (or lack thereof) of the human spirit. In case that makes it sound like you’re being asked to read a philosophy textbook, let me reassure you: these themes are woven into the plot so seamlessly they’ll take a backseat to the action of the story. The reader will follow Sam, a disconnected and discontented young man, as he navigates his society, his personal issues, and interactions with an increasingly worrisome AI. I enjoyed following Sam’s progress, and witnessing his emotional and personal growth as he responded to the challenges he faced. Sam is an intriguing character, as he is simultaneously becoming aware of his flaws, and moving deeper into a scenario that makes it harder for him to change things for the better.
For me, the main take-away was a lot to think about in terms of the future possibilities for some of the technology that is common in today’s world. For anyone who has read “The Arc of a Scythe”…..plenty to ponder in terms of this book’s AI vs. The Thunderhead.
I highly recommend this book for those looking for a unique, fast-paced dystopian read, as well as for book discussion groups. Trust me: there will PLENTY to talk about after you read this one!
As an added bonus, QR codes (both on the cover and in the text) link to videos from a short film based on the novel.
Five out of five chunks of colby jack!