Full disclosure: I didn’t read the first book of this series. I’m not sure you need to, we get good background on the characters through this one. The title tells us to expect that all is not what it seems. The Candy House is a place that looks lovely and inviting from the outside, but holds unknown risks. This novel has each section follows a different character who is in some way interacting with this new technology which allows for the upload of one’s consciousness. We see some characters who are involved with the development of the technology in different ways, some who experience it to varying degrees of success. We see how it helps uncover secrets, heal old wounds and experience life in a way they hadn’t before.
I finished this one and wasn’t quite sure how I felt about it. It was an interesting ride and I certainly enjoyed listening to it but the throughline was not as clear as I would have liked. You’re left with some guessing and surmissing and filling in blanks which isn’t how I like to leave a book. It certainly invited a lot of introspection and will stay with me for quite a while as I interact with technology in my own world. Not sure this one will be for everyone and I think a physical book may have been a better experience than the audiobook but I’d say it’s worth a try if you can stick it out for the first third, after that it all starts to come together. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
Thanks to Libro.FM for access to this one via their ALC program. All opinions above are my own.
What do you think? Is all this technology in our lives a blessing or a curse?