If, like me, you were a tad preoccupied pre-Christmas with last minute present shopping, a panicked mad rush to get your office desk clear, and/or recovering from the Australian flu bug that's been doing the rounds - then you may have missed Sci-Fi Now's exclusive cover reveal for Heather Child's debut novel.
Everything About You is being published by Orbit books on 26 April this year. Imagine Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri - but about 1000 times more advanced. An AI personal assistant that doesn't just order toilet roll or give directions but makes all those difficult decisions about what to wear, where to go, who to be friends with, what job to do...out of your hands. It doesn't just want the best for you. It wants the 'best you' possible and will make those choices needed to get you there. But what happens when the borders between real life and virtual life become indistinguishable?
Freya has a new virtual assistant. It knows what she likes, knows what she wants and knows whose voice she most needs to hear: her missing sister’s.
It adopts her sister’s personality, recreating her through a life lived online. This data ghost knows everything about Freya’s sister: every date she ever went on, every photo she took, every secret she ever shared.
In fact it knows things it shouldn’t be possible to know. It’s almost as if the missing girl is still out there somewhere, feeding fresh updates into the cloud. But that’s impossible. Isn’t it?
Gripping, heartrending and quietly terrifying, this cutting-edge debut imagines a world where people can be recreated online and lives can be changed by the information they’ve left behind.
Perfect for fans of Black Mirror, Sarah Pinborough, Naomi Alderman, Blake Crouch and Clare North.
I can't wait to see what you guys think of it!!