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Collective Mind by Vasily Klyukin

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Cover image of Collective Mind by Vasily Klyukin. Reviewed by On My Kindle Book Reviews

Source: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: February 26, 2015

Summary

In the future, a scientist named Professor Link invented a way to download creative energy (also known as "orange energy") from people. This energy is downloaded into a server called the "Collective Mind" that can be accessed to help solve mankind's problems. Realizing that his invention could result in an imbalance of power if only one country had access to it, Link handed his creation over to the UN and disappeared.

Despite the professor's disappearance, the Collective Mind helped humanity to eradicate disease, clean up the environment, and make huge leaps in information technology. People flocked to local download centers to have their creativity downloaded and received generous compensation for their contributions to society.

Our protagonist and undiscovered inventor, Isaac Leroy, made the decision to download his creativity. His motives were not to help society, but to ensure that his step-sister received a life-saving operation that he could not afford otherwise. Still unsure of his decision, but with few options, Isaac makes his way to the download center in Monaco.

During the intake process, a terrorist attacks and blows up part of the facility; making it impossible for him to go through with the download. After the explosion, Isaac finds a memory card. Not realizing what is on it, he takes it home and discovers that it is a database with names of people with high creativity. Having convinced himself that the Collective Mind must be destroyed, the memory card becomes a key to finding other like-minded individuals to aid him on his mission.

Review

I liked the premise of this book; it is plausible that the technology might be uncovered in the future, and Klyukin did a good job of discussing the adverse effects of the technology. It is certainly thought-provoking, and I really enjoyed the philosophical and ethical discussions that took place between some of the characters in the story.

The characters were well-developed and interesting, but I really did not become attached to them because their personalities seemed a bit shallow. This is my personal opinion, and really not a reflection of the plot or the author's ability to write.

Klyukin did a great job with the setting of the book; it was really easy to imagine the places that Isaac visited because the author described them so vividly. This attention to detail made some parts unnecessarily lengthy in my opinion; for example, Isaac and his "partner in crime," Bikey, were staking out a cigar shop to find the elusive Professor Link. I felt like I was on the stake-out with them. After taking several breaks from reading, I decided to skim through these parts to get the gist of the situations so that I could move on.

The good news is that once the action begins to pick up again, the pace of the plot also moves forward quickly. 

Collective Mind by Vasily Klyukin is a good science fiction debut. With a bit of summarization and a bit more editing to clear up determiner, verb, and preposition tenses; the author's future works have the potential to be outstanding. 

About Vasily Klyukin

Vasily Klyukin is a writer, a designer of futuristic yachts and skyscrapers, a former banker who decided to give up business to devote his life to the creativity. Since 2010, Vasily has been engaged in architecture and design. He had released his architectural album Designing Legends

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Vasily Klyukin, Author
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Their design concepts became well-known after the infamous amfAR charity purchase he made two years ago, buying a $1.5 million ticket to journey into space alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. Vasily’s art includes skyscrapers in the shape of Nika of Samothrace and Venus Milos, a hospital in the shape of a sailing-ship, a futuristic yacht-transformer Monaco 2050 which has an upper deck transforming into a private plane.

His life is active: he jumped from the 200-meter-high television tower in Auckland; he went to dangerous Venezuela to swim in the highest waterfall Angel Falls; he traveled across jungles of America and he conquered the North Pole.

In 2015 he wrote his first fiction book: Collective Mind, an absorbing and dynamic sci-fi thriller. It’s easy to see why his new book Collective Mind is as full of adventures as his restless real life.

Klyukin plans to use his experience and implement a development project in Monaco on the basis of his own designs. He lives in Monaco. Has three children. Married.

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