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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Deficiency is a work of fiction in the science fiction, dystopian, and cyberpunk adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author S. C. Eston. The work is intended for the general reading audience and provides an excellent balance between thought-provoking concepts and exciting adventures. Our protagonists are Keidi and Artenz, residents of the idyllic Prominence City, who find their lives perfectly catered to by those who rule on high above them. But when a friend suddenly goes missing, questions arise about the nature of the corporations that provide Prominence with its paradise, and so begins an adventure in which the heroes must choose between their luxuries and comforts, and knowing the truth of the world beyond.
Author S. C. Eston has crafted a thought-provoking and engaging work of fiction with plenty of new ideas, high drama, and cinematic action scenes to offer readers. One of the features which I found particularly impressive about this piece was the seamless (and therefore terrifying) integration of technology into every facet of their lives, from the dialogue to the virtual reality elements that keep the proverbial wool over the eyes of so many citizens. Keidi and Artenz have a really loving relationship, and this realistic and emotional ethos for their actions grounds this fantastical story in enough reality to balance all the sci-fi elements perfectly. I loved getting to know the culture (and later the many, many secrets) of this fascinating world. Overall, I would certainly recommend Deficiency to fans of high-concept dystopian drama and immersive world-building, and science fiction enthusiasts everywhere.