I don’t know what I expected when I opened this book up in my Kindle for the first time, but it certainly wasn’t what I got! This is a powerful hard- science fiction debut from author Aaron Overfield and I enjoyed it from start to finish.
First, here’s the run down:
Jin Tsay is the world’s most brilliant scientist. No, really, he is. He discovers a technology that literally changes the world. He also has just about the most perfect relationship with his wife. They are so thoughtfully in love it makes you either want to puke with the sweetness or fume with jealousy. Suren, his wife, is quietly content with her world, her husband, and her role in life, but all that changes when the military decides they no longer need the brilliant Dr. Tsay in order to take over his project.
Tiny spoiler: Jin is assassinated early on, leaving Suren to cope with his secrets and his death. I got quite attached to Jin as he made his way to work, funny how that could happen when his only thoughts revolved around the elevator trip and being careful not to disturb his wife.
The technology is Veil – a new way to experience “reality” or someone’s reality, because the whole purpose of Veil is to experience the thoughts and feelings of others like they are your own.
Enter Ken, Jin’s former academic partner, and Hunter, just a loud-mouthed gay guy (who happens to be a brilliant scientist and inventor of neuro-prostheses) Hunter really wants to screw over the military and Ken really wants to contribute to his friend’s legacy!
I loved Hunter – he is cool to the extreme. I loved his sassy attitude and his one-liners and how protective and caring he was to his friends. I even loved how he treated Suren in the end.
But really, I identified most with Ken. Ken, the not-quite-as-smart-as-Jin scientist who agrees to help fulfill Jin’s dream project for Suren, even though he’s morally against it. I loved that little caveat and it was easy to forget that Ken was always against the technology because he was so on board with bringing it to fruition.
Suren, Jin’s wife, was given quite a few nicknames by Hunter throughout the book and I have to agree with all of them! She’s relentless in her revenge, but in a patient, scary-psycho-bitch kinda way. Suren is awesome.
The overriding theme of Veil, to me at least, is that everything has a consequence. Everything about Veil changes life for humans, but just because it could go bad, doesn’t mean you don’t give it a try. I like that.
Veil is an intellectual desert as far as books go. I loved the science, and you can tell that Overfield did a lot of research in this area. I’m not a neurologist, but I’ve written anatomy textbooks and nothing about the science stood out as implausible. Nicely done! (Also, the cover art, so perfect!)
Five stars for Veil, I highly recommend it and I’m really looking forward to book two.