Book Review: Pure Reality, Part One, Black by Ryan Rinsler

Connor Cooper has it all. A cushy job, a beautiful home. In a futuristic world where you can ask your house for a glass of whiskey, and it pours itself, all you really need is money. And Connor has a lot of it.

But this world gets boring, fast. When his friend Matt encourages Connor to test out Silk Corporation’s new technology: Pure Reality, Connor doesn’t hesitate for long. Pure Reality lets you put on a virtual reality headset and live out any life you’d want to. And Connor is eager to try it.

This is a fascinating book, and a very interesting premise. If you’re a fan of science fiction from before it might sound a familiar, and if you’re a fan of The Matrix or Westworld, this is going to be right up your alley.

Rinsler writes with passion and dedication, taking his time to construct an elaborate and detailed world that promises to take you on a journey you’ll remember. His writing is beautiful yet down to earth, and I was impressed.

Personally, I had an issue with the length. This book is very long, and I tend to prefer books that start with a spring straight out of the gate and doesn’t slow down until the end. This isn’t like this. The pace is slower, taking it’s time with building up the world around you, never letting you slip too far ahead. Which leads me to my second issue. I felt like a lot of the story wasn’t motivated by anything. It’s perhaps difficult to explain, and again I’m talking about personal preference here, but for a while I didn’t understand where we were going, or if we were going anywhere at all. I’ll blame it on me having the attention span of a small child.

The ending caught me off-guard though, and made up for however drawn out or boring I’d thought the first half of the book.

Like I said, if you’re a fan of science fiction along the lines of The Matrix and Westworld, you’re going to love this. Trust me.

You can check out the book here.

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