Convince Me To Read (28): Crosstalk by Connie Willis

Posted February 4, 2017 by Jamie in Convince Me To Read, Reviews // 0 Comments

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Convince Me To Read (28): Crosstalk by Connie WillisCrosstalk by Connie Willis
Published by Del Rey on October 4th 2016
ISBN: 0345540670
Pages: 498

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Science fiction icon Connie Willis brilliantly mixes a speculative plot, the wit of Nora Ephron, and the comedic flair of P. G. Wodehouse in Crosstalk a genre-bending novel that pushes social media, smartphone technology, and twenty-four-hour availability to hilarious and chilling extremes as one young woman abruptly finds herself with way more connectivity than she ever desired.

In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal - to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don't quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely - in a way far beyond what she signed up for.

It is almost more than she can handle - especially when the stress of managing her all-too-eager-to-communicate-at-all-times family is already burdening her brain. But that's only the beginning. As things go from bad to worse, she begins to see the dark side of too much information, and to realize that love - and communication - are far more complicated than she ever imagined.


Jamie’s review

I downloaded this with an audible credit because I had heard good things about it and wanted to give it a shot. I am trying to read more Adult SFF books this year to coincide with my new feature Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays that I have going on Books and Ladders so I thought this would be perfect. Everything about it should have been the best thing ever for me: redhead with an overbearing family who wants to get a device to help her connect to her boyfriend but instead it makes her read minds? Yes please. However, what we got was a romantic comedy basically with minimal science fiction elements.

The majority of the SciFi elements were based more on the device that Briddey was getting implemented and the development of the new technology rather than anything else. As it turns out, the reason Briddey becomes telepathic has to do with her genes. Which is totally fine, except I am a Socttish, redheaded ginger and I cannot read minds, so really what the fuck.

This book reminded me more of ATTACHMENTS by Rainbow Rowell than anything speculative by anyone ever. This was basically an office romance novel, quite like that of ATTACHMENTS, but unlike the Rainbow Rowell novel, I didn’t really care about Briddey and Trent or Briddey and C.B. as couples, but I did like all of them individually. It was quite disappointing that Trent was so obviously a douchebag rather than him having some redeeming qualities. I’m so done with the love triangle where one guy is trash and the other is just soooooo great because that’s not real life. Let’s have more shades of grey to our love interests — and even our heroines.

As someone who love love loves SciFi novels and really dislikes romance novels, this was really not the book for me. In fact, I returned my audiobook as soon as I finished it because I knew I would never listen to it again. I did like the narrator though and thought she did a good job of making me understand how tense and anxious Briddey was feeling while she was first hearing all the voices. But if you like SciFi more than romance, this isn’t the book for you. However, this is a great book for Dani.

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I think Dani will like this one because there is a good mix of SciFi and romance. She will like Briddey and her voice and seeing her fall in and out of love. I think Dani will like the “science” explanation as well as the fun moments where Briddey was trying to get a handle on her ability.

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