ARC Review: Viral Spark by Martin McConnell

Posted October 14, 2016 by BAMF in Reviews // 0 Comments

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ARC Review: Viral Spark by Martin McConnellViral Spark by Martin McConnell
Published by New Land Press on May 18th 2016
ISBN: 1945480009
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 174
Format: paperback
Source: the author
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Dr. Lederberg once said, "the single biggest threat to man's continued dominance on the planet is the virus." He may have been right. Though this is hardly what he had in mind. A virus has infected the global network. And it couldn't have come at a worse time for Robert. He's a module or two short of finishing school. The girl he's fond of has a crazy ex that wants to kill him. Something has gone horribly wrong with the robots he maintains at work, and fixing them means discovering a whole new set of challenges.

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Jamie’s Review

Honestly this was REALLY good. I am mostly disappointed that it wasn’t longer. I like the idea, the setting, the characters, and the actual execution. I thought that the writing was a little stiff and dense but it didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the novella.

I thought that the idea that we create a network that could produce consciousness was SO interesting. I just wish that the ending wasn’t so open. Actually I’m glad the ending is so open because there is room for more from this series. I am very intrigued and very happy with what I read.

I have the next instalment on my Kindle so I will be getting to that as soon as I can! If you are looking for a quick and easy read, this is the one for you. However, as Dani says below, the writing is very choppy and hard to get through but if you can look past that, then you are golden.

Dani’s Review

I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. I picked this book up with the full intention of reading it through, especially as it’s so short, but I couldn’t. I’m very sensitive to writing style, and if I can’t get on with the style, then it casts a dark shadow over everything else. That’s what happened with VIRAL SPARK.

I found the writing too choppy and awkward for my tastes, and it was all I could focus on. I mean, the sci-fi aspects I read in the first chapter were super cool, especially being able to redecorate your home with a few taps on an interface or controlling your music with your mind. SUPER cool. But I couldn’t bring myself to read past 10% before sighing and giving up.

Forgive me.


The jury was split on this one. Jamie, clearly the more tolerant of us, was able to get past the stiff writing and enjoy the story, but Dani had to put the book down.

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