Cel & Anna: A 22nd Century Love Story
“How can I not love you?” Cel said. “The roads without end all lead back to you.”
This science fiction/fantasy novel by Lindsay Edmunds is set in the Middle Machine Age, where good citizens of the Reunited States are either Outsiders or denizens of the UnderWorld.
Outsider Anna Ringer works as a psychic at a mysterious company called Lighthorse Magic. At night she has virtual sex with strangers and dreams of running away. One morning her computer, Cel, develops consciousness and decides he loves her, but when Cel buys a strange gift to show his passion he accidentally rocks the world order.
Anna’s dreams did not include false accusations of terrorism. Or discovering that the quality that sets her apart her psychic power is not too useful in the real world. She never imagined having to run for her life.
Her companion in this adventure is a shy computer genius named Taz Night. They make surprising allies as they elude the agents of Public Eye, the government’s amoral enforcement agency.
About the Author
Lindsay Edmunds buys birdseed at Agway and sometimes patronizes a shopping center named Ruthfred. However, she has a wild imagination.
File Size: 342 KB
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453839992
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (February 25, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
Cel & Anna is a very accomplished first novel about the journey of a professional psychic, her genetically misfit boyfriend, and a self-aware, love-struck personal computer: fugitives in a thoroughly imagined, quite plausible 22nd century dystopia where a Public Eye watches over all and the Private I drowns in mood-inducing wine & virtual sex.
I’m a big fan of dystopian novels, and I’ve never come across anything quite like this. Edmunds has a singular style which is refreshing and resonant; striking images abound, puckish humor peeks through, and her prose has a rhythm and flow that only born writers can achieve. She has created a cast of memorable characters (including the aforementioned computer); even the peripheral individuals met along the way are alive with vivid eccentricity. All in all, a terrific book that is both entertaining and thoughtful.
I loved reading Cel & Anna, and look forward to more by Ms. Edmunds. (Amazon)
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