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  • Paperback: 522 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (10 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591026474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591026471
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By greenwise design on 11 May 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As a writer of some web sci-fi too (Neuroceans), I am impressed by another writer here managing to blend in an imagined future, both intrigue and the implications of many tricky new technologies we can imagine today. Nanotechnology, Biological/emotional enhancement, Virtual Reality, quantum uncertainty etc.....

The possibilities(!) are huge for a technological humanity and this book is riddled with them, yet it binds them with high readability through the arena of a Business. We confront the problems involved in bringing drastic technology to the people.

The first book is important to read first. This one continues the fragile position of a powerful, reality-changing new technology, that becomes bound to the actions of one man. It is interesting and it holds the mind, despite some difficulties. It is not as cultish as say, Dune, in terms of handling tension. The business dialogue is ok, but gets a bit Star Treky and protacted as the driving force. So the personal level is perhaps a bit lacking.

But, 'freedom of the individual versus the Group', is a major, worthy theme, and also the Group exploitation of power over ordinary lives. There are some shades of grey, certainly worthy of Dune etc.

Where will it all go? I'm not sure about the 2 volumes so far. It is certainly an interesting and intelligent saga (at last) exploiting technological developments of today and their possibilities, and that films like the Matrix only scratch the surface of.

I find the placement of many of the technologies interesting and plausable, and worthy of stories themselves , but for the main technology that drives the book, it's very powerful and quite far-fetched. Would anyone want that much power, I wonder? What really would happen?...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Brilliant Vision of Our Information-Centric Future 26 Aug 2008
By Kevin Joseph - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The second installment of David Edelman's Jump 225 Trilogy, picks up on renegade entrepreneur Natch's struggles to bring to market a software product so groundbreaking that it threatens the stability of this information-centric future civilization. The product of decades of development by the iconic Margaret Surina, MultiReal software allows a user instantaneously to run unlimited possible effects stemming from a particular cause, choosing the particular reality outcome from these choice cycles that best suits the user's needs. Obviously the power to select a desired outcome in virtually any cause-effect scenario gives each MultiReal user tremendous power over others, a realization that triggers a mad scramble by the Defense and Wellness Council for control of this critical technology. On the run after a disastrous MultiReal demonstration, infected with an insidious and debilitating form of black code, and the target of an aggressive scheme by the Defense and Wellness Council to strip him and his fiefcorp employees of their business licenses, Natch struggles not only to survive but also to ensure that he honors his weighty responsibility as MultiReal's guardian.

MultiReal succeeds in most respects, setting up what promises to be an exciting conclusion to the trilogy. It fleshes out the futuristic world that Edelman introduced us to in Infoquake, providing relevant pieces of back story to explain the various agendas of those maneuvering for control of MultiReal. And fascinating new aspects of this future culture, like "the Sigh" where multi connections can meet to experience an infinite variety of sensual pleasures, add tantalizing detail to this vision of the future. There are also some memorable set pieces, such as the action sequence where Natch uses MultiReal to dodge black code fire as well as the confrontations between Magan Kai Lee and High Executive Len Borda amidst the ancient sailing ship SeeNaRee used to decorate Borda's private chambers.

I would, however, like to see Edelman make a few adjustments in his approach to the critical third installment of the trilogy. The addition of more action sequences would be welcome, as the pacing of MultiReal slowed in some of the scenes involving prolonged political maneuvering and verbal sparring. I would also like to see Edelman delve more deeply into the philosophical confrontation between the individualistic bent of the libertarians and the collective mentality of the Defense and Wellness Council; the story really seemed to gain momentum and focus when that debate crystallized during the Prime Committee's hearing and during Natch's exchange with Brone concerning MultiReal 2.0. Finally, in his emphasis on technology descriptions, recounting of historical events, and descriptions of political maneuvering, Edelman tends at times to neglect the development of his characters and rely too much on dialogue tags that tell (rather than show) us how they are feeling. Natch, Jara and Horvil make an engaging trio of protagonists, and I'm interested in understanding better what motivates each of them.

Don't get me wrong. I'm a huge fan of this trilogy and find Edelman's vision of the future as original, thorough and convincing as any I've seen. If I had to guess what our future society will look like, I'd lay money on it taking a form resembling the setting of the Jump 225 Trilogy. And my constructive criticism represents nothing more than one selfish and picky fan's wish list of items I would like to see this talented author focus on in his next work.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
an edge of your seat, page turner 18 Aug 2008
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This exciting novel is much better than Infoquake (which I really liked but wasn't overly moved by). Now I'm hooked on Edelman and I can't wait for his 3rd book. This is sci-fi at its best.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
WARNING: Topaz File 15 Jan 2011
By James Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The book is fine. I have no complaints with that.

For the Kindle edition, though, Amazon delivers it as a Topaz file. This means that the publisher has embedded their own font for the book which you are not allowed to change. You are also unable to change the line-spacing. Fortunately, you are still allowed to change the font size.

In my opinion, the font included with this book is MUCH worse than the default ones that the Kindle usually uses.

Buying this Kindle book will just encourage the publisher to do this kind of thing to other eBooks. Which would NOT be good.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Ambitious 2nd volume still absorbs Mind + Senses 11 May 2009
By greenwise design - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a writer of some web sci-fi too (Neuroceans), I am impressed by another writer here managing to blend both intrigue and the implications of many tricky new technologies we can imagine today. Nanotechnology, Biological/emotional enhancement, Virtual Reality, quantum uncertainty etc.....

The possibilities(!) are huge for a technological humanity and this book is riddled with them, yet it binds them with high readability through the arena of a Business. We confront the problems involved in bringing drastically powerful technology to the people. (This is fairly unlikely in itself, considering it normally evolves, rather slowly).

The first book is important to read first. This one continues the fragile position of a powerful, reality-enhancing new technology, that becomes bound to the actions of one man. It is interesting and it holds the mind, despite some difficulties. It is not as cultish as say, Dune, in terms of handling tension. The business dialogue is ok, but gets a bit Star Treky and protacted as the driving force. So the personal level is perhaps a bit lacking.

But, 'freedom of the individual versus the Group', is a major, worthy theme, and also the Group exploitation of power over ordinary lives. There are some shades of grey, certainly worthy of Dune etc.

Where will it all go? I'm not sure about the 2 volumes so far. It is certainly an absorbing, intelligent saga (at last) exploiting technological developments of today and their possibilities, and that films like the Matrix only scratch the surface of.

I find the placement of many of the technologies interesting and plausable, and worthy of stories themselves , but for the main technology that drives the book, it's very powerful and quite far-fetched. Would anyone want that much power, I wonder? What really would happen?...

Well, ideally, intelligent companies or people would get together and test the thing properly with extensive Development. It is sad that this cannot happen in this competition-dominated future!

However, the conclusion of the saga may decide its fate in more than just story, but whatever happens, these novels remain vivid, intriguing, post-cyberpunk interpretations of a future.

But will this considered saga conclude with enough decent power and panache, and contain a strong message to resonate?

The next volume is called Geosynchron and is out in 2010.
(My web sci-fi is published online: search for 'Neuroceans')
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Towards Perfection! 30 Mar 2010
By Chris M. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
In Infoquake, Edelman created a futuristic world so thoroughly conceived and rooted in logic that it just makes sense.

In Multireal, he expands upon that foundation, providing us with even more details on how the pieces of this society fit together to give us a more refined picture of this already quite cohesive universe. As much as I love William Gibson, and Neal Stevenson, Edelman's dystopian view of the future just might take the cake. It's so imaginative and yet so well fleshed out that you feel like you could actually exist in this world.

The characters are compelling as is the story line. It's like Wall Street meets Neuromancer. I found all the political and financial machinations and maneuvering refreshing and exciting.

This trilogy is a very impressive debut for Edelman and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.
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