Daniel Godfrey: The Synapse Sequence

IMG_20180623_132202In a future London, humans are watched over by AIs and served by bots. But now that justice and jobs are meted out by algorithm, inequality blooms, and protest is brutally silenced. Anna Glover may be the most hated woman in the troubled city – the media’s scapegoat for an unpopular war. Now she hides from the public eye, investigating neglected cases by using the mind-invading technology of the synapse sequencer to enter witnesses’s memories.

When a PI brings her a new high-stakes case, Anna sees a chance for atonement. But soon she is drawn into a plot that threatens to upend her hard-won anonymity and put everyone in danger – even those she hopes to save.

The Synapse Sequence follows our main character, Anna Glover, as she attempts to hide from those looking to point the blame. As she is going about her daily life and hoping to promote the Synapse Sequencer to authorities and interested parties, Anna is pulled into a case that could change how the world currently sees her. However, as she progresses further, uncovers more information, and submerges her mind into the sequencer many more times, Anna must suffer the consequences of her actions leaving her questioning her reality.

I thoroughly enjoyed the concept of this novel and the way in which the Synapse Sequencer is promoted. When we first meet Anna and the sequencer, she is attempting to highlight the importance of using the sequencer in criminal cases by being able to see multiple angles of a scene from the memories of witnesses who were there. It is a concept that is very forward thinking and is a form of technology that sounds logical, making the novel more realistic and not far-fetched as seen in some science fiction novels. I loved how as the novel progressed you began to see the various pros and cons of the technology, and what side effects can come of using such technology far more than you really should (something about that sounds familiar, right?! *cough* phones and computers *cough*)

Anna is a flawed character, one that is stubborn but also ambitious in her approach to get results. She takes chances when she believes that she can get the answers whilst also being aware of the consequences that these actions may cause. Anna also carries her demons, in particular the unpopular war that she is continuously blamed for (something that we will get the answers to as the novel progresses) – but she uses this as fuel in her will to prove to herself, and those around her that she is not the person she once was. By being brought onto this high-stakes case, Anna begins to find out more about herself as well as society in general when she submerges into the sequencer and the memories of the victim of the crime. It highlights how often we stereotype people based on something as simple as a name, and this information later makes her question the reliability of the sequencer as well as questioning herself.

I found this novel hard to put down, and a very easy read. It was informative without bogging you down with vast amount of info dumps. This was my first time reading a novel by Daniel Godfrey and I will definitely be reading some of his other novels after this.

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