Connie Willis has a huge book catalogue, but I have not read any of her books until this one- Crosstalk. From what I understand, she has a huge following as well, so I was a little hesitant to write this review as I didn't want to write the wrong thing. It was a fun book, but I thought it needed a bit of trimming.
The story takes place in the near future, where everything is pretty much broadcast on Twitter, Facebook, texting, or any other media. People have somewhat lost privacy as news gets out quickly.
Briddey is in love with her boss/boyfriend Trent, whom she has been dating for six wonderful weeks. She and Trent have decided to move forward in their relationship by electing to implant an EDD, which all the stars are doing. This will allow one to be open and feel their partner's feelings. Only a few people have done this experimental procedure.
Briddey's semi nemesis CB has warned her not to get this experiment. He is a tech developer and knows about some of the side effects of this surgery. Briddey gets it and sure enough has a few side effects, including being now able to communicate with CB telepathically!
This was a fun read and a really fun premise. Her characters are well developed and fleshed out. I did wonder a bit why Briddey loved Trent so much when he seems to ignore her for half the book, but I wrote it off to young love.
As stated earlier, I did think there was a lot happening that could have been trimmed a bit. There are lots of parts with Briddey's family popping in and out with the idea that they are nosey and over the top, but there was a bit too much popping in and out. It also isn't until about the 200th page out of 400+ that we start getting into the main portion of the story. It just felt like a lot of filler and facts about telepathy/voices in your head.
I really did enjoy the commentary about our world and what is to come. The idea of hearing what people are really thinking could be easily translated to the comments section of blog posts. I really enjoyed that parallel.
I gave this one 3.5 stars.
Here is your Amazon link- Crosstalk by Connie Willis
* I want to thank NetGalley and Del Rey for the opportunity to read this book early. I received it for free in exchange for an honest review.