Anyone is the kind of book that instantly forces you into its fascinating world, holding on tight until you experience the shock it’s there to present. I went into the book without reading anything about it and that made it exciting, adventurous, and down right enthralling.
We’ve all seen the central concept before: transferring your consciousness into another body so you can experience the world through someone else’s eyes. Anyone takes this oft used story and makes it new by giving us multiple angles on this startling technology. We get to see its invention by pure accident, feeling the terror of first discovery and the fears that go along with it. We get to see the wonder of the world discovering such an impossible technology. Most interesting to me, you get to see the dark underbelly of a world inundated with this addictive technology, and the many things people use it for. That’s where Soule throws in a long and winding mystery, giving us a central character with a shady past and a plan to blow the world out of the water.
Stories centering on technology are always loads of fun, especially the kind that take you deep into the inner workings to show what such a breakthrough actually does to the human condition. Anyone dives into the human psyche to show what kind of horrors mankind is capable of when given complete autonomy. It’s a gritty future filled with a technology that’s exotic in advertisements and terrifying behind the scenes. At the end of the day, it’s the kind of book that’s riveting from page one, adding a great science fiction adventure into the mix.
By Charles Soule
Published by Harper Perennial
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.