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Datapocalypse | Christopher Keast | Book Review

  • Author: Christopher Keast
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Print Length300 pages
  • Language:English

How many times do we live in the moment rather than capturing in our cameras?

Datapocalypse by Christopher Keast is a mindblowing tale of popular sites disappearing from the face of the earth. It primarily revolves around investigating the erosion of human civilization. Its protagonist Kicis is doing his research on the demise of the human race and whether which generation is responsible for the same. On one of his trips, he comes across the intriguing idea of all the pictures around the globe uploaded to the ‘cloud.’ When will this cloud run out of space after all? What’s the mystery behind the disappearing picture-worthy monuments?

Right from the start, the book pulls you in and keeps on throwing strange information at you. The concept of data overload, perhaps linked to the mysterious disappearance of famous sites, baffles you. You find yourself immersed in the artistic development of plot sprayed with philosophy and intriguing ideas on data. Data that entwine our lives completely. And amidst all the data theories discussed, we find our well-sketched characters engaging in meaningful conversations while battling with their own thoughts. Their dialogues, as well as monologues, provide us food for thought.

“Yeah, but it also leaves nothing to the imagination: nothing private, nothing personal, nothing sacred.”

I concoct a leap of faith in my moment-to-moment insurrections to weave a profound fabric of social networks, mainly virtual, to gain likely an iota of credibility and praise in the pursuit of the ultimate reputation in this game of collection, aggregation and showboating.

I particularly liked the overall concept of the book. It is fresh and definitely, interesting. Moreover, relatable because we are all drowned in the overwhelming amount of data. We have forgotten to live our lives because we are busy building a social image. We are projecting perfect moments on our walls and feeds/ grid, but we seldom feel that our real lives are perfect. Sadly, we crib over the imperfections. All the time! Our lives are more driven by algorithms than our thoughts. We are wishfully thinking of reaching a certain level while failing to see the meaning of it. It would be fitting to say that we’re just adding more to the already rising pile of digital trash.

In the vortex of maya only so much emotion and information can be processed. The rest is lost in the chaos. Without proper focus and attention, the only correct decision is to choose love over fear, stillness over impurity.

Its tongue-in-cheek language and variety, as well as the intrigue of the narrative, kept me hooked throughout. However, the length did overwhelm me. Despite light moments and insightful conversations, sometimes I felt that the book could have reduced length. Datapocalypse is interesting but demands patience and attention. If everything mentioned above catches your fancy, you might read it!


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One thought on “Datapocalypse | Christopher Keast | Book Review

  1. Sounds intriguing. If you’re interested in some non-fiction about algorithms and how they’re used, try Hello World – pop over to my blog for a quite insight into it and my thoughts.

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