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Book Title: Caffeine|
The author of the book: Ryan Grabow
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Edition: EGrabow Media
Date of issue: October 8th 2009
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Brandon Dauphin is a citizen of a rapidly changing world. Shocking trends emerge on a daily basis, the loudest music is the best music, and the powerful stimulant PJX is found in almost everything edible (by popular demand). The economy is sagging again, and artificial intelligence technology has matured enough to become a low-cost replacement for customer service workers. “Amai” look and act just like people, appearing in the real world as holograms, or within the many simulations of Dynamic Reality (DR), a global network which has rendered fantasy every bit as real as reality.
As everyone in his generation heeds the command to indulge, Brandon is overcome by the sense that life has become cheap and fleeting. He failed at finding a career, and everything else in his life is growing similarly distant. His only hope left is Veronica, a woman he met in DR, in a chance encounter that saved her from suicide. Their long-distance relationship doesn’t fail like the others, and Brandon realizes that he’s fallen in love. He plans to propose marriage, in person, on New Years’ Day. If she doesn’t say yes, though, Brandon knows there will be nothing left for him.
With no work to distract him from the questions and doubt raging in his mind, and three days before his cross-country trip, the world of Dynamic Reality is all Brandon has to retreat to; but when the AI characters act strangely and his war-game begins tearing itself apart, Brandon realizes he’s become trapped in an environment he can’t control; then, finding a way back to a real-world that isn’t so real, Brandon questions whether he ever made it back at all.
Torn between reality and fantasy, Brandon encounters a woman named Aether. Brandon’s only concern is to make the hacker let him go home, though he has nowhere to return to. He doesn’t understand what Aether wants, but she, with the sensitivity of a machine, threatens to end his life if he doesn’t cooperate in her experiment. Brandon senses the threats are real, but Aether is hiding something.
Aether isn’t a hacker, but a computer virus.
Brandon has fallen into Dynamic Reality’s worst case scenario, as the path of such a “malvirai” leads to a fast and violent end for itself and anyone in its path; but, with Aether’s self-awareness came something else, something beyond her programming that she’s committed to uncover. Aether asks whether her existence is a lie, and her relentless pursuit to understand the truth has led her to study the race that created hers, and to study the world they live in as only a virus would.
Caffeine questions our definitions of good and evil, and treats the existence of a world we can’t see as inevitable. If amai are said to become self-aware, why not the viruses based on them? Can God love an entity programmed only to destroy? Can a destroyer ever see beyond her programming?
There is no going back. Brandon feels he has become an illusion, already fading. Aether will inadvertently force him to choose between his love and his hate, and Brandon will need to overcome the noise of modern culture to learn what it means to be human all over again, before the illusion he has become is gone forever.
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