The Echo Chamber

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  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • The Echo Chamber
  • Rhett J. Evans
  • English
  • 13 November 2018
  • 9781682618615

The Echo Chamber Featured On The Verge A Silicon Valley Scandal Sets Off A Chain Of Dystopian Events In This Topical And Twist Laden Thriller About Virtual Heists, Social Media, And Second Chances.Mike Is A Silicon Valley Wunderkind Who Stood Idly By While His Company Launched An Addicting Social Media Platform That Made The World Take A Turn For The Worse He Did Nothing When An Outrageous Tech Scandal Pushed A Polarized Country To The Brink Of Collapse Then, After Becoming Trapped In A Loop Of His Own Memories, He Is Doomed To Watch Society Fall Apart Over And Over Only By Crossing Paths With Charlotte Boone Once Hollywood S Up And Coming Royalty Does A Kink Appear In The Pattern With A Daring Heist In Both The Virtual And Real Worlds, Charlotte May Hold The Key To Burning It All To The Ground The Company, The Lying Pundits, And The Echo Chamber Itself.

10 thoughts on “The Echo Chamber

  1. B says:

    This book was surprisingly action packed for being so based in technology It was engaging and never boring It had a little bit of a Butterfly Effect to it with the reoccurring lifetimes, small changes, and outcomes The book had a way of touching on current events while keeping the story completely fictional There were a lot of twists and turns and the story wasn t at all predictable There is than one unexpected hero The ending did not disappoint Hold on and be prepared to pay attention, or you might miss something important.

  2. Rachel says:

    SURPRISING That s the word that comes to mind when I think about this book It starts out as just a thriller like The Circle, giving you some insider peaks into a big social media company, and then you realize it s going WAY deeper than what you expected from a tech book Like, what happens in a post awful president world where things don t get better What happens if you re a coward and don t stand up for what s right And then what happens if you have a chance to do it again It s also well paced, lots of action and sci fi elements that I think Ready Player One or Dark Matter fans will enjoy And the book can be read simply as a seriously gripping sci fi techno thriller, or it can be read as something deeper Read as what can happen when someone decides to have courage And what happens when you try to break the echo chamber.

  3. Luis Humberto Molinar Márquez says:

    English review Rese a en espa ol The Echo Chamber, by Rhett J Evans Published by Permuted Press 2019 263 pages Genres Dystopian Fiction Technological Thriller Techno thriller Cat, Mike and Devon work in the future projects department of Sharesquare The company s immersive social network project, Sharebox , enjoys unprecedented success In the midst of an internal discussion between content regulation and unrestricted monetization, an ethical problem of epic proportions ensues with another parallel project, the Nutrino Mixer the first intelligent smoothie machine The entire population is polarized and the world order is disrupted A loop traveler Orion and a Hollywood star Charlotte Boone may be the only humans with the intention, means and data necessary to save the world from total catastrophe The Echo Chamber is an excellent story of technological suspense or Techno thriller set in a chaotic and terrible world, one that s perhaps too close and similar to our own reality The narrative style, rhythm and language used in this novel are simply perfect The weight of the plot falls successively on three different characters Cat, Mike and Charlotte all masterfully constructed and written with impressive ease.Without ever distancing himself from the main story and without pretending to be partial or sobering, the author touches a multitude of very important issues of the present day whose implications threaten us as a dormant digital cancer, among them social networks and net neutrality limits and social responsibility censorship and regulation sexism, racism, ageism, xenophobia freedom and privacy reality and virtuality physical economy and digital services gratuity and speculation intolerance and plurality costs and sponsorship democratization, power and polarization perfectionism values, principles and humanity.In my personal opinion, we are facing a huge book one of the best I ve read this year and in a long time an instant favorite I don t say it lightly I highly recommend this book to lovers of dystopian stories, technological suspense, critical proposals turned into novels, and in general to lovers of good stories Fun fact if you don t like spoilers, please stop reading right now the artificial intelligence that serves as a structure for the plot goes out exactly halfway through the book insert your favorite surprise emoticon here The Echo Chamber, por Rhett J Evans Publicada por Permuted Press 2019 263 p ginas G neros Ficci n Dist pica Suspenso tecnol gico Techno thriller Cat, Mike y Devon trabajan en el departamento de proyectos de futuro de Sharesquare El proyecto de red social inmersiva de la compa a, Sharebox , goza de un xito sin precedentes En medio de una discusi n interna entre la regulaci n de los contenidos y la monetizaci n irrestricta, sobreviene un problema tico de proporciones picas con otro proyecto paralelo, la Nutrino Mixer la primera m quina de esquimos inteligente La poblaci n entera se polariza y el orden mundial se trastorna Un viajero en bucle Ori n y una estrella de Hollywood Charlotte Boone pueden ser los nicos humanos con la intenci n, los medios y los datos necesarios para salvar al mundo de la cat strofe total The Echo Chamber es una excelente historia de suspenso tecnol gico ambientada en un mundo ca tico y terrible, quiz demasiado cercano y similar a nuestra propia realidad El estilo narrativo, el ritmo y el lenguaje utilizados en esta novela son simplemente perfectos El peso de la trama recae sucesivamente sobre tres personajes distintos Cat, Mike y Charlotte todos ellos magistralmente construidos y escritos con una soltura impresionante.Sin distanciarse jam s de la historia principal y sin pretender ser parcial ni aleccionador, el autor toca una multitud de temas important simos de la actualidad cuyas implicaciones nos amenazan como un c ncer digital en espera, entre ellos redes sociales y neutralidad en la red l mites y responsabilidad social censura y regulaci n sexismo, racismo, edadismo, xenofobia libertad y privacidad realidad y virtualidad econom a f sica y servicios digitales gratuidad y especulaci n intolerancia y pluralidad costes y patrocinio democratizaci n, poder y polarizaci n perfeccionismo valores, principios y humanidad.En mi opini n personal, estamos frente a un libro enorme uno de los mejores que he le do este a o y en mucho tiempo un favorito instant neo no lo digo a la ligera Recomiendo ampliamente este libro a los amantes de las historias dist picas, el suspenso tecnol gico, las propuestas cr ticas convertidas en novela, y en general a los amantes de las buenas historias Dato curioso si no te gustan los spoilers por favor para de leer justo ahora la inteligencia artificial que sirve como estructura para la trama se apaga justo a medio libro inserte aqu su emoticono de sorpresa favorito.

  4. INFPko✨ says:

    BOOK.I LOVE THE CONCEPT One thing that made me pick this book is bec it gives the extreme situation of a world swallowed up by social media which is perfect for today, and yes, after some tabloids are considered acceptable than regulated news sites but then again, I m also not sorry to say just a sidenote that just bec they re official news sites, they re also, again, regulated and well filtered and this became the start of tabloids being acknowledged by netizens.I m one of those who became active in social media in the early 21st century and also I noticed have seen contemporary folks I know are no longer that active in socmeds today, too, and it s true When you finally understand how controlling it could be, you d really be cautious.I m so glad of this book because finally, the possible ultimate effect of socmed business I ve been so afraid to happen is laid in here Not only that it will change your complacency of being so public TMI , you will again be reminded how your personal information is gonna be used whether it s for research, or even for human race improvement according to Diana, but come on, who are they to decide for us While we re given freedom of speech, people fr behind the scenes are encouraging you to speak up because they re gonna sort you out by your online behavior and in this case, I already found some research using Facebook data and posts while people are complaining about their accounts being suddenly blocked whatsoever.This book also makes you understand how the world could crumble when it is stripped off of restrictions whether of its culture, or privacy, and I don t know why I felt the world so nude along with so much liberty of giving off generously your personal information just because whatsoever.SCENES.It takes a lotter brain compared to the other books I ve read cos of much imagery The transition of before, after, now worlds are awesome but I guess this is better shown in movies Therefore, unlike also some introspective novels common to literary fiction , I guess if this is to be adapted for a film, there are so many visuals to work on and play with, too imagery, and I know like many scifi s, there d be lots of steel and glass and moving images conquering Sharesquare, and sure it would be very captivating.The only area I think that can be improved is the addition of action Perhaps quite the opposite of some reviews here Especially in the first early pages But yeah, while it started a bit slow maybe bec I m also reading thrillers , just continue with the pages and you ll find out how important the early chapters are as build up as you figure out the pieces being put together in the latter chapters So yes, later on you ll love the thrill.Also, I don t know why I see a lot of potential for this book for a movie Diana is an exciting character read it and you ll know why lol , Boone being an epitome of Hollywood can be adorned with all Hollywood glamour esp in the Before chapters , and if this could be given a sequel, then it would be great.So many things to say but I don t wanna spill the spoiler beans yet Maybe I ll have the time to edit this review someday, but overall, I m recommending this book.Social Media ultimatum Yes One word esp to those who are too TMI in SocMeds, whether this sounds weird cos it s a novel rather than a philosophy book, but it is somehow ENLIGHTENING.PS Darnell s and Alexi s opinion about trusting people online is quite impressive, though they re only one liners.QUOTES It was clear then that new technology is always a reflection of users worst habits, not their best instincts Nostalgia becomes a drug, and all the broken people of the new world will be addicted Darnell Listen, I was just a soldier I was a good soldier I helped ensure the dead got the military honors they earned and the families they left behind were treated with dignity It was not an easy job, but it gave me purpose It was not my role to question why people were dying That s not a soldier s place But that doesn t mean I didn t have questions then Or now It doesn t mean I don t wonder about things And I m not a soldier any.

  5. Stella Jorette says:

    Pros Clever set up, interesting characters, timely topicsPossible Cons Video game style climax and villain tells all scene Roving point of view and a fair bit of tell The Echo Chamber is in part a tale of tech corporate malfeasance, involving a rogue AI, a blender and ruthless Silicon Valley executives who build a social media echo chamber This hypnotic virtual reality seduces most of the world s population, trapping people in their own memories or with a personalized preconceived worldview comfort zone This shadow world is a paradise for pundits who spew, to put it politely, non evidence based ideas about people and the environment The company dodges moral responsibility, citing freedom of access, acceptance and inclusion Moral blinders allow massive corporate expansion with no constraints, no thought of consequences Catalina, a crusty, anti social woman, relates much of the first act The author took a risk leading with this character She s hard to like, but potentially relate able, especially for the squished against the glass ceiling crowd A corporate takeover, thanks to a blender and a rogue AI, allow unsavory executives to pursue the virtual reality echo chamber unfettered The blender plot element might stretch credibility, but flashback to discussions about the Thermix, the glaze on converts eyes, and it ll all seem plausible.Naturally, the consequences of the echo chamber are severe, so severe that reversing the erosion of society requires a time travel maneuverer The necessity of and mechanism for time travel felt valid, as far as these things go, though most of us accept the thinnest of excuses a bent molecules, a foreign computer server, a genetic mutation, a malfunctioning ATM machine Point of view shifts between several character, sometimes within a single chapter The love interest secondary lead, Charlotte is well drawn, a perfectionist achiever, jaded by Hollywood and fame, still reacting to family of origin dysfunction Like Catalina, she s not entirely likable but fights to regain connection, courage and compassion Mike, the story s moral compass, reads rather bland, but for good reason He s a nice guy and a multiple life, time traveler As we all know, having read The First 15 Lives of Harry August, time travel might produce a crafted demeanor and or a certain ennui Cumulative loss rests heavy on the time traveler s shoulders This novel explores a variety of the moment questions Who will program the AI Should we allow corporations to govern Where do we draw the line between freedom of speech and hate speech When should we abandon self interest and take action And scenario isn t far fetched, given how we value the economy over society, given the power we ve ceded to corporations, given the political climate of the last few years I ve read two reverse the dystopia via time travel plots this year The Echo Chamber and William Gibson s The Peripheral My novel, Harmony Lost, touches on similar themes Should I be getting nervous I enjoyed the prose, however, the book s not perfect In some sections, point of view roves around I noticed the shifts but didn t become confused I assumed the POV shifts were intentional stylistic choices The prose style includes a fair bit of tell, including told emotion and motivation, a feature I also interpreted as a stylistic choice Worse sins lay in the plot In particular, one plot escalation depends on a character doing something moronic, creating a suspension of disbelief speed bump Additionally, one scene includes awkward bad guy telling why he did it dialog And the action packed third scene, structured like a video game, felt tacked on I understand why these elements are present they provide the requisite structure And many readers will experience these elements as the best part of the story But I especially enjoyed the clever situation, the social, technological and political insights, and the characterizations.

  6. Nick Lechler says:

    Wallowing in our societies advance towards a social media blowout, Evans story is crippled by a cast of lackluster characters I could tell you the exact moment this story came crashing down around my ears I literally put down my e reader, mumbling a disbelieving Is he for real I won t, though, because, well spoiler So let s back up a little and cover the basics first A virtual reality social network.A scheme to digitize the human brain.And Diana, the most open ended AI in the world.In a few months, one of these projects would be mocked as an utter failure.Another project would be hauled as a groundbreaking success.And the last one would bring the nation to the brink of ruin The story follows Silicon Valley programmers Mike and Catalina, Hollywood megastar Charlotte and former Marine oh boy, I forgot his name Okay then, skip the basics for now because to me, this is actually the key problem with The Echo Chamber the characters aren t fleshed out enough to care for them, for their respective relationships with each other and or and this is the most critical part to understand their motivations The main reason is an omnipresent, all knowing narrator who doesn t stay long enough with one character at a time but there s also some clich d extremes yes, there re daddy issues and an evil Nazi.That s all a shame because and we re back to basics here the premise of the book is enticing A new social network called Sharebox and the AI named Diana at its core play havoc with society and bring the whole world to the brink of collapse Our protagonists set out to put things straight and it s actually one of their most relatable traits that they re all portrayed as having been too cowardly for too long in the face of this imminent social media supernova, numbed by their titular echo chambers something the reader might very well identify with So we just let our platform make everyone dumber We let it be a swamp Only the algorithms can be a fair arbiter on these ethical issues , he said with a condescendingly paternal nod We can t let our personal biases get involved Don t you see that our biases are already here that we built algorithms solely aimed at getting users at all costs The reminiscences of todays political and social reality don t end there and although they are kind of in the face like the often repeated conclusion that technology is just another good serving only those who can afford it they still add weight to the tale As does the fact that author Rhett J Evans, a former U.S Army officer now working in the tech industry, writes about stuff he actually has personal experience with, like Silicon Valley or the military Plus, he chooses a cleverly twisted way to tell his story non chronologically.Still, there s this aforementioned twist I just can t wrap my head around Sadly, it turns a lot of the rather grave and criticizing parts into ridicule and in combination with a flat cast of characters corrupted the experience, at least to me, to a point where I can t in good conscience recommend The Echo Chamber unconditionally.

  7. NerdWhoLovesToRead says:

    Technology is like every other market good, it serves those who have the money to build it and crushes those underneath Wow I really liked how the story wrapped up It was truly satisfying There were some questions that came to my mind at around halfway through the book when mysteries kept piling on I thought the author forgot about them, thought it was going to be one of those cases where the author aims too high by fiddling with creative scenarios that are hard to execute without plotholes, I m glad that wasn t the case My questions were answered which made the story all the rewarding.The Echo Chamber is a science fiction story about a virtual reality social network, Sharebox, that consumes everyone s time and attention and further leads into complex external consequences that the characters in the book try to comprehend and possibly resolve It talks about how easy and dangerous it is for us to get absorbed into these fake online worlds and never find the will to get out How easy it is for large corporations to feed us unimportant and compulsive information videos to keep us under their fingers There are many other thought provoking themes that were well explored such as artificial technology, virtual reality, time travelling, and even a technology that digitalizes your brain into the internet that immortilises you Overall, I really liked how well executed this book was It was my first science fiction read after a very long time and my first ever arc I m glad to say I wasn t disappointed.

  8. Sharon Melone says:

    I am so thankful for this author Rhett brought forth emotions, adventure, excitement, and suspense in this novel From beginning to end I was captivated by his words, his opinions, and his act of imagination This book is worth every penny Be prepared for some epic twist and turns.

  9. Andrew Lee says:

    An engrossing and edge of your seat thriller with hints of Ready Player One, the Matrix, Arrival, and 1984 I devoured this book in less than a week and loved it