Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Review - A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock

Title: A Calculated Life
Author: Anne Charnock
Pages: 207
Publisher: 47North
Release date: 24th September 2013

Blurb from Goodreads:

Late in the twenty-first century, big business is booming and state institutions are thriving thanks to advances in genetic engineering, which have produced a compliant population free of addictions. Violent crime is a rarity.
Hyper-intelligent Jayna is a star performer at top predictive agency Mayhew McCline, where she forecasts economic and social trends. A brilliant mathematical modeler, she far outshines her co-workers, often correcting their work on the quiet. Her latest coup: finding a link between northeasterly winds and violent crime.

When a string of events contradicts her forecasts, Jayna suspects she needs more data and better intuition. She needs direct interactions with the rest of society. Bravely—and naively—she sets out to disrupt her strict routine and stumbles unwittingly into a world where her IQ is increasingly irrelevant…a place where human relationships and the complexity of life are difficult for her to decode. And as she experiments with taking risks, she crosses the line into corporate intrigue and disloyalty.

Can Jayna confront the question of what it means to live a “normal” life? Or has the possibility of a “normal” life already been eclipsed for everyone?

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to 47North and Anne Charnock*

2/5 stars

Jayna is a highly intelligent simulant and works for a prediction agency. 
In an attempt to shake up her usually strict routine and to associate better with her human colleagues, Jayna starts taking risks which could get her into serious trouble. 

Up to around 40% I enjoyed this book but then I started losing interest. 
Jayna was an alright protagonist and it was interesting to read from her point of view. 

Overall this was an okay read but I lost interest.