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Ein Virus löscht eine ganze Stadt aus doch deine Regierung erzählt dir nicht die Wahrheit Ein Video von nur wenigen Sekunden Entsetzlich zugerichtete Leichen liegen auf den Straßen der Kleinstadt Hagerstown Sobald das Video im Netz war wurde es. Three Days in April is the kind of science fiction book that jumps into a situation and challenges the reader to figure out what the heck is going on That makes almost any information in a review at least spoiler adjacent So here's a minimum It's set in Balti in the not too distant future It's written in first person but that person changes with each chapter so watch those chapter headings carefully Some of the characters have genetic surgical or electronic mods all grounds for new kinds of societal divisionshatred If that sounds interesting to you by all means read this book I jumped in without any warning and once I caught on thoroughly enjoyed it There's even a seuel or at least another book set in the same world a little later Haven't read it yet Trying to cut down the TBR pile

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En droht zu Ausschreitungen zwischen den Unveränderten und den gentechnisch modifizierten Eliten zu führen Anders Jensen und seine Freunde suchen nach Antworten auf die Frage was wirklich in Hagerstown passiert ist Darf man nicht verpassen io9co. Brilliant and creative worldbuilding helps offset a cast of characters who are interesting but not terribly sympathetic A creative wild ride of a story that leaves you guessing A real genre bender that I'd categorize as cyberpunk

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Auch wieder gelöscht Alle Suchanfragen laufen ins Leere alle Wege in die Stadt sind gesperrt Einer Gesellschaft die ganz und gar auf Sicherheit ausgelegt ist widerfährt etwas Unerklärliches Und die Regierung schweigt Die Angst vor dem Ungewiss. This book reminded me of Matt Ruff's writing in both style and uality Except I don't think even Ruff could pull off a multi pov first person present perspective as good as Three Days in April That's like the Iron Man triathlon of novels yet this book is executes it so well that it reads as smooth as silk Most readers will never appreciate how difficult this feat is but they'll still love the uirky characters the intriguing plot and the brilliant dialog Highly recommended

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  • 02 May 2019
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About the Author: Edward Ashton

Edward Ashton lives with his adorably mopey dog his inordinately patient wife and a steadily diminishing number of daughters in Rochester New York where he studies new cancer therapies by day and writes about the awful things his research may lead to by night He is the author of Three Days in April as well as several dozen short stories which have appeared in venues ranging from the newslet



10 thoughts on “Hagerstown

  1. says:

    Three Days in April by Edward Ashton could be described as the book that brought its futuristic drug giggles to the award ceremony Meanwhile chemicals in the air are planting tiny bombs inside everyone around them Bombs that are likely to go off before anyone knows they're infectedThree Days in April introduces two of these characters right away both modified with DNA splicing akin to what may result if Jurassic Park didn't have such a horrific ending to their plans They're still people though and the author's ability to show us this in smooth strides alongside showing how their modifications make them far different than we could imagine fascinated me and kept me readingThree Days in April is one of those rare books that engaged on so many levels that I read it from start to finish without losing any interest His character cast is at times hilarious often surprisingly smart definitely human but also something we've never seen His plot mixes in the daily life of twenty something hackers and their friends as a terrorist attack begins a holy war between those who are modified and those who aren't He's done his homework on making this technological war appear plausible and lifelike while also massaging our nerd sensors for what cool gadgets we may get in the futureThis book is kind of like how a lazy gamer generation would like to learn about new technology in a future society where you can get mods to become a Pretty or a Neanderthal but in a story told for those who enjoy fart jokes and the fun you can have when responsibility doesn't get in the wayThanks to HarperVoyager for letting me be a part of the Super Readers program and for this review copy This will compete for top read of the year

  2. says:

    It's hard not to love being part of the HarperVoyager Super Reader program Free booksegalleys in return for honest reviews Yes it's seriously that simple lol I like to give a little blurb on books that I read anyhow just in case it helps someone decide to read a book that they would have otherwise avoided so it's like I'm getting free stuff for doing what I already do WinwinAnyhow this particular book is surprisingly good for a first novel Ashton runs us just far enough into the future to have gene splicing and cybernetic enhancements coming into the mainstream as you can tell by the official synopsis He catapults a group of misfits right into the middle of a war between those who have been changed and those who haven't the UnAltered While the plot is definitely good and the twist at the end did not see that coming it's the little things throughout that really set this apart for me The inside jokes the character interaction it all came together so well that I definitely want There's a scene where they're discussing the escalating RAHOWA that really exemplifies what I mean RAHOWA? Racial holy war I say It's Gary's new thing Cataclysmic battle to the death between the Engineered and the UnAltered Gary says First they came for the cave ladies and I said nothing because I was not a cave lady Then they came for the hot waitresses and I said nothing because I was not a hot waitress Then they came for the bastard offspring of Mickey Mouse and a seven foot tall transvestite prostitute and I said nothing because I was not Anders They came for me and there was nobody left to speak Charity looks at me and raises on eyebrow I shrug Just wait til you get to this part It's hilarious and deep at the same time and so is the book If you like your sci fi with meaning and a liberal dose of humor and some action too then you definitely definitely need to check this out

  3. says:

    Three Days in April is the kind of science fiction book that jumps into a situation and challenges the reader to figure out what the heck is going on That makes almost any information in a review at least spoiler adjacent So here's a minimum It's set in Balti in the not too distant future It's written in first person but that person changes with each chapter so watch those chapter headings carefully Some of the characters have genetic surgical or electronic mods all grounds for new kinds of societal divisionshatred If that sounds interesting to you by all means read this book I jumped in without any warning and once I caught on thoroughly enjoyed it There's even a seuel or at least another book set in the same world a little later Haven't read it yet Trying to cut down the TBR pile

  4. says:

    This story was amazing I was highly entertained the whole time and loved the constant movement of both the characters and the storyline A techno thriller set in the near future with a focus on mixing of cyborgs natural humans and those that had alterations done A corporation is trying to hide the events that took place with thousands dying in Hagerstown While hackers and thieves are trying to discover the truth and if there will be deaths The story is told from several perspectives Anders is given a mystery file to analyze and Terry is noticing her avatar is acting unusual Her sister is learning about a new religion and Gary along with his fellow cyber geeks are trying to find deleted information on news feeds to find out if this is the beginning of a war or plague It is a very fast paced story with actions having immediate results and pushing the characters forward to survive I am not a person that is incredibly computer savy and felt that the complex parts of the story were completely understandable and said in a way that did not make me feel lost or stupidI enjoyed this book so much it is one I am definitely recommending to friends

  5. says:

    This book reminded me of Matt Ruff's writing in both style and uality Except I don't think even Ruff could pull off a multi pov first person present perspective as good as Three Days in April That's like the Iron Man triathlon of novels yet this book is executes it so well that it reads as smooth as silk Most readers will never appreciate how difficult this feat is but they'll still love the uirky characters the intriguing plot and the brilliant dialog Highly recommended

  6. says:

    I will start by saying that I am not a sci fi fan I generally don’t even read books that aren’t literary classics Now I will proceed to say that this book is a must read It’s simultaneously brilliant hilarious and terrifying Ashton’s characters speak in clever sarcastic dialogue that kept me smiling and laughing while I read about the tragedy at the core of the story yes it’s a bit uncomfortable to realize this but his humor is that infectious and his writing is so smart that I did not want to put this down His ability to weave a complex intriguing story from multiple perspectives is admirable and daunting However what’s most impactful is Ashton’s ability to take the utopian advancements we see developing at an exponential rate in our everyday lives and unravel them into a dystopian fiction that doesn’t seem all that far off from possibility My experience was similar to the feeling I got when I read A Clockwork Orange and realized that I had slowly but surely learned and began to think in terms of Nadsat the cult language spoken by the characters throughout the book As I laughed at the witty dialogue and was entertained by the tragic story of Hagerstown Ashton was sprinkling in aspects of this “fictitious” culture that began to make me uncomfortable genetic mouse splicing and “pretty” modifications a panopticon run by National Security people drinking BrainBump to increase serotonin levels and interactive house avatars that controlled the lights the locks and that did not seem completely implausible Sure we are not uite living in a “Silico American” world where people have oculars showing us chat room screens and news feeds right in our eyes the government doesn’t abolish our homes with a two minute warning and so far we don’t have rogue avatars controlling our communication with the outside world but the idea of a generation of humans that are spliced with chosen modifications to improve their looks their height their speed do not seem as far off of an idea hmmm I’m thinking CRSPR Three Days in April isn’t just a techno thriller or speculative fiction Although it is extraordinarily entertaining and Ashton is an extremely talented writer with a flair for humor and story telling that is difficult to accomplish let alone master as he does but if you also want to read something about human nature evolution innovation and dystopia if you want to read something intelligent something that shows a future failing against the tried and true nature of humans’ resistance to accept those who differ from themselves if you want to read a modern Braver Newer World read this

  7. says:

    Three Days in April is smart and funny and mind expanding and fun to read From the cross species gene splitting of the first pages to the struggle of the final pages I relaxed into the book with that welcome sense that the author is in controlOne tiny comment the book is written from the viewpoint of five or six main characters but their voices and viewpoints were all so similar that I found myself flipping back to the Table of Contents to remember whose chapter I was in That's not a problem for me because I have a radically diminished theory of mind so I tend to assume that everybody sees and narrates the world like I do Also way to hit that sweet spot with the 399 price How do I know it's the sweet spot? Because I paid for this book and for two others in the Harper's series

  8. says:

    Brilliant and creative worldbuilding helps offset a cast of characters who are interesting but not terribly sympathetic A creative wild ride of a story that leaves you guessing A real genre bender that I'd categorize as cyberpunk

  9. says:

    Had a hard time getting into it Or sometimes I'd be into it and then it would go off in a direction and I'd think nah Not lovin it So I finished it but it was kind of a rough ride

  10. says:

    Brilliant and original with great pacing What a ride

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