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Reviewed by Charles Remington for Readers' Favorite
Datapocalypse introduces Dr. Kicis Ryan Orion, who lectures in History at Berkeley, specializing in the demise or erosion of civilizations. While on a trip around the ancient sites of the Mediterranean to gather material for a paper he is producing, he becomes intrigued by an idea that arises from a boozy conversation in a Greek island taverna. With the huge number of photos and films being taken on mobile devices and uploaded to social media, when will the ‘cloud’ run out of space? Would we need to start deleting the burgeoning mass of data, and what would be the result of society losing their precious photo memories? Unbeknown to him though, steps in this direction are already in progress. But when the autonomous Artificial Intelligence tasked with the project starts to run out of control, strange things begin to happen, and when the Colosseum in Rome disappears into thin air, fear and confusion reign - air transport is grounded and governments go into lock-down. Kicis is convinced that the data overload and the strange events which continue to happen are somehow linked.
Datapocalypse by Christopher Keast delves into an intriguing idea. When will we run out of data storage space? Nothing in the world is infinite so this must happen at some point. What will the indicators be that signal when we are reaching saturation point? Mr. Keast has taken this fascinating subject and produced a novel which is part science fiction, part dystopia, part love story, and part conspiracy thriller. Personally, I found that, though absorbing, the narrative jarred at times and the plot was a little stretched in places. A certain amount of artistic license is required, but the concept was interesting enough to keep me reading to the end. A unique and interesting addition to the sci-fi genre.