The Atopia Chronicles (Atopia, #1) by Matthew Mather

The Atopia Chronicles (Atopia, #1)

What could be worse than letting billions die? In the near future, to escape the crush and clutter of a packed and polluted Earth, the world's elite flock to Atopia, an enormous corporate-owned artificial island in the Pacific Ocean. It is there that Dr. Patricia Killiam rushes to perfect the ultimate in virtual reality: a program to save the ravaged Earth from mankind's insatiable appetite for natural resources.  The Atopia Chronicles (B...

Details The Atopia Chronicles (Atopia, #1)

TitleThe Atopia Chronicles (Atopia, #1)
Release DateJan 7th, 2014
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy

Reviews The Atopia Chronicles (Atopia, #1)

  • Robert Murray
    Preface: I swear on my mother's iPad that I did not read any of the reviews or quotes at before writing this review, so help me Bezos.Much has been written of how man and machine will interact in the future; whether it's Gibson's "Neuromancer", Stephenson's "Snow Crash", or any of a number of indie authors out there now. Matthew Mather's debut novel "The Complete Atopia Chronicles" takes artificial intelligence, distributed computing, ...
  • Lukas Lovas
    I'm kind of conflicted about this book. It could have gotten 5/5, but...I just couldn't do it. Here's why.The first two thirds of the book were awesome. The thoughts behind the stories were breathtaking. I have read some sci-fi about virtual realities before, but....this took it way further. And it explored all the deatils....what will happen when our thought become reality? What will we do to ourselves? What possible screw-ups can occur? Can we ...
  • Amanda
    I am not a huge Sci-Fi fan. While I have (thanks to some recommendations from my brothers) read a few Sci-Fi stories in the past, it's never been an area I was that comfortable in or drawn to.When I received notification that my pre-order for Atopia was in my library and ready for download, I was a little stumped; when had I ordered this? Why would I have? I read the synopsis and could see why I may have been drawn to it; dystopian undercurrents,...
  • Idigchili
    Good luck trying to follow this one. The idea of this book is a set of 6 stories that are all loosely related. So I'm told they eventually intertwine towards the end. That's fine, I can deal with that. But the thing is that with 400 pages to tell 6 stories, the author has to rush though things at a good clip. He speeds through the setup of the situations at such a pace it was a little unclear of just what was the point. Combined with the fact tha...
  • Niels Pedersen
    Matthew Mather; The Complete Atopia Chronicles Review"Atopia" is what you would get if you could mix your own personal Garden of Eden, with addiction, escapism, schizophrenia, and the Matrix. The concept of the world is masterful in its creation, and is maybe the most unlimited series in its potential for future stories since Hugh Howey's "Plagiarism". Science Fiction has always made the real world long for the creations it imagines, but I'm will...
  • Dan Hart
    I loved these stories. There is so much greatness in these.Although the story itself was amazing, there were two technical issues that frustrated my experience: 1) The copy editing could have been better. The number of extraneous words / missing words felt high to me--enough to be noticeable and distracting. 2) The repetition of several scenes from different POVs. While some of these were pulled off with great skill, adding layers of understandin...
  • Andrew George
    Intriguing book.This was not what I expected. This book raises many philosophical questions about the future of technology and the moral ramifications that may come with it. I would recommend this book to any open minded Person out there...but don't speed read it. This book needs to be read slowly so one can fully appreciate what is being said and to give oneself time to think of where you stand on the issues presented. It can also be read for en...
  • Ryan
    A character driven sci-fi story, with too many characters lacking any redeeming qualities. The first person narrative jumps between characters, making the story feel disjointed throughout. Too many lead characters that drives the story into too many directions. When the story actually starts to coalesce, it's past three hundred pages and too drawn out to actually care what happens. Interesting premise, hampered by trying to do too much.
  • Alaina
    First off, the beginning of this was so freaking boring. Which is probably why it took me forever to finish. THANKFULLY, it got better.Now, The Complete Atopia Chronicles is filled with six books. Six pretty short books - well for me. I'm not going to say that you'll move through these books with ease or be done with it in a day because some of them are kind of confusing are have a ton of information that you'll have to think about. Again, I coul...
  • Jonathan
    I had originally bought and read an excerpt in the form of Brothers Blind and didn't like it. Therefore, I held off on reading the full collection until recently even though every recommender engine put it on my list. I finally gave in and, sadly, I really didn't enjoy this book and found it very difficult to finish. The characters seemed unrelatable, the overall plot line seemed a bit contrived and I had to force myself to pick up the book again...
  • Erin
    Frequently, I'll start reading a book with the expectation that it won't be any good, and most of the time, I'm right. Once in a while, though, I'll come across something that manages to surprise me.If you're a fan of The Twilight Zone, there's a fair chance that you'll like this. There's often that same sense of karmic twist to the characters' fates: (view spoiler)[the misanthropist who sets her system to erase everything that annoys her from he...
  • Michaelaly
    First: this is a book written by a scientist. Like books by Arthur C Clarke it has fascinating and futuristic ideas but the writing style and characters leave a little to be desired. It's a difficult read given that it's written in the first person from numerous perspectives, and the narrator changes with every short chapter. Sometimes I had to skip back to remember who the narrator for that chapter was. It really interrupts the flow of the story...
  • Susan
    I actually read the combined Atopia series. Blue Skies is the first vignette. I'm torn about the rating because I think that some people will really love this and others will hate it. If you are interested in contemplating how "cyberspace" and distributed consciousness might affect humans, you may really enjoy this. I found it to be thought provoking. The ideas Mather has about things that could happen (what if we mutually inhabit other people's ...
  • Denise
    There was a lot to like about this story, but there was a lot to dislike, too. First, some of it dragged in the wrong places and was repetitive. Then there were all the illogical logic bits where somethings just don't line up. I'm trying not to give anything away while explaining, so bear with me. There were references to the culture of the 1980s by kids too far in the future to know about them. Kids today don't know about them. Then there is the...
  • Tara
    This is a complex novel with a large cast of characters, each with their own agenda. Set in our near-ish future, the story focuses on the man-made floating city of Atopia, what seems to be the land of milk and honey. But all is not as it seems and there's a definite dark side. An exploration of post-humanism that will touch and terrify. It was difficult to put down, but interesting enough that I often had to, so I could process. At times it was t...
  • Johanna
    I thought the first of the six stories in this book was a top notch sci fi story, very Twilight Zone. I like the idea of the sidequels, but some of the stories were only thinly related to each other until the very end. There were parts that seemed to just be dragged out to make the stories towards the end of the set longer and didn't really seem to enhance the entire tale. Overall, an imaginative view of how technology can be both beneficial and ...
  • Lau
    Originalmente Atopia eran seis libros cortos autopublicados, de los cuales los primeros cinco se podían leer en cualquier orden mientras se dejara el sexto para el final. Ahora el autor decidió juntarlos bajo esa tapa hermosa que me sedujo para que lo lea, aunque no se si ahora está publicado oficialmente.La idea general de esta historia es espectacular, pero eso sí, cuesta comprender el funcionamiento del mundo casi hasta el libro 6. Cada li...
  • Clay Seibert
    It's not you, it's me. I read one pf Mathew's books last year and really enjoyed it so I tried this. Comparatively, I found this to be disjointed and hard to follow. I'm a little thick in the head when it comes to multiple plots, so it's probably me not getting it. I won't give up on Mathew, but probably won't follow this series.
  • Mark
    So, I have to confess that I read Matthew Mather's books in the opposite order in which they were written. CyberStorm, which I read first, was well-executed and enjoyable, but primarily a solid entertaining novel. Atopia Chronicles is so much more that I found myself truly, truly impressed with Mr. Mather's talent. Not quite five-stars-impressed -- there are still some rough edges in the telling -- but this novel is far more than entertainment --...
  • Kyle
    _Atopia_ is an interesting entry in the broad genre of 'Singularity' fiction. Some books, like _Halting State_ by Charles Stross and _Rainbow's End_ by Vernor Vinge, have technology recognizably connected to stuff under development today, but in a more advanced state and more widely deployed. Other, hard-core post-Singularity stuff like Stross' _Accelerando_, John C. Wright's _The Golden Age_ and Walter Williams' _Aristoi_ have technology so far ...
  • Pat
    The word ‘atopia’ refers to a world without borders. In the “Complete Atopia Chronicles”, the world offers endless opportunities through ‘synthetic reality’. Synthetic reality allows people to be in multiple worlds through digital images of themselves. Imagine a ‘digital twin’ who goes to work so that I can stay home and read a book? Or imagine another splinter of myself who runs errands while I rest or relax or even travel? How g...
  • Andrea
    Matthew Mather had me at the first line in Blue Skies: "No! No! Your other left!".Atopia Chronicles is a series of sidequels that appeals to a wide audience, one that is not limited to Sci-Fi buffs alone. The reasons for that are as varied as the characters and the stories, there's a little something in this series that everyone can identify with.Who hasn't wished they could clone themselves just to get everything on their plate done? Who hasn't ...
  • Allen Massey
    I had high hopes for Atopia and was eager to listen to the story. I knew right from the start that the book was not going to keep my interest. I thought (based on the descriptions) that this was going to be a hard science fiction story. The first 100 pages showed this was at best a very soft science fiction, the kind where the author introduces a new technology without any explanation or background. This is not always a fatal flaw, if the author ...
  • Tina Hsu
    The first few chapters of this book are essentially stand-alone “what if” stories of a future where virtual reality is the primary reality. Olympia Onassis is a stressed out marketing executive who uses her virtual reality to deal with her anxiety. Cindy Strong wants kids, so she and her husband Rick try out some virtual kids first. Vince indigo, trillionnaire and owner of Phuture News is doing his best to stay alive despite constant predicti...
  • Jen
    I'm torn on how to review this book (actually, it's a collection of short stories). On the one hand, it's pretty good for a self-published set of stories that tell a complete story.The premise is thought-provoking. Without giving away too many spoilers, it's a futuristic time and artificial intelligence is fully in play. The story is told from the first person of several key characters and as it delves deeper into their tales, the potential for t...
  • Tanya Eby
    I narrated the role of Dr. Patricia Killiam and narrated this with a group of award-winning narrators including Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels, Mikael Narramore and Amy McFadden. It's a crazy interesting book, and I can't wait to hear the final product. Every once in a while, I get cast in a role that fits seamlessly, and Killiam felt like this to me. I loved her grit, intelligence, and tenacity. This sic-fi book won't disappoint with lots of science,...
  • James
    A series of "sidequel" stories based in a future floating city-state in international waters off the coast of California, Atopia, where some of the wealthiest and most technologically savvy US citizens have settled as the country declines. The book leaves the reader contemplating issues ranging from classic philosophy of the mind questions, to what persists about human nature in a "post-human" world, and whether rapidly advancing technology can "...
  • Rex Schrader
    I was really drawn into this fascinating exploration of the implications of a fully integrated "virtual/shared reality". Each story follows a different character as they explore the limitations (or lack thereof) and all of the possibilities of being able to do pretty much whatever you want.The only thing that was mildly distracting was the use of alliterative names. Some of the characters seemed more like comic book characters of old because of i...
  • Joshua Wuillamey
    Top Sci-fiThis was an amazingly written Sci-fi story. I've always felt that most space opera type stories are missing something. Humanity evolves far too fast technologically for us to be basic space explorers by a few hundred years in the future. This story offers that missing element, something that I can see happening that completely derails most Sci-fi and makes it obsolete. I could not stop turning pages, and now I really can't wait for the ...
  • David Dawson
    The Atopia Chronicles is an immersive experience, epic science fiction at it's best. Each of the stories told, six in all, happen simultaneously, detailing what goes in the futuristic floating city state of Atopia. Each story is complex and well thought out and highly imaginative. Sure, there were a few words missing here and there, but it didn't bother me. It's the story what counts, and the stories were wonderful. I'd love to see more tales set...