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22 Stories Falling Up: A Novel

by David Lawrence

Dystopian Fiction Science Fiction Literary Fiction Horror and supernatural fiction Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading Expert Review of 22 Stories Falling Up: A Novel

‘22 Stories Falling Up: A Novel’ by David Lawrence is a mystery steeped in technology and science fiction. In a world where technology is now able to merge with human consciousness, Emily and co-worker Phillip are on a quest to discover what happened in a secret project they were involved in. Left with few memories and feelings of distance and concern with no cause, the pair are eager to learn what happened in the Virtual Design project they signed up for, and why it was stopped.

There’s lots of science fiction themes throughout this book. The advancement of technology, the AIs and interactions between people and technology are incredibly inventive and detailed, but not so detailed as to go over my head as I read. I like the idea of the party and Phillips and Emily’s journey taking place in a tower block, and their progression through the building almost like layers of encryption, requiring passing through before the truth and their memories are revealed. 

Aside from the technical aspects of Virtual Design, and the secret project, there’s other subtle science-fiction nods such as Emily’s apparent psychic abilities. These are referenced at the start and towards the end but I wonder whether these could be utilised a little more. 

The plot gets into full swing fairly quickly and the reader learns more about Phillip and Emily, their work, their relationship and the project as the story progresses. I did find at the start however that I would have liked a little bit more exposition, or something to help me form more of a connection with the main characters before the part got underway. I understand that more is meant to be revealed as the plot opens up but I personally feel I was missing an initial connection that made me care about finding the information out. I also still have questions about Phillip and Emily’s perspective. I felt I needed a bit more of an explanation about why they each perceived certain characters as different sexes, for example. 

This is a surreal story, which plays on the flaws we have as humans while presenting a technologically advanced quest for truth. Even though I was left with questions, it is a story I enjoyed and pondered over while I wasn’t reading. 

Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

LoveReading Ambassador

22 Stories Falling Up: A Novel Synopsis

Phillip and Emily, co-workers at the multinational tech firm Virtual Design, volunteered for a secret project that left them with missing memories. Tonight, Virtual Design is throwing a business party in a New York City hi-rise, and Phillip and Emily are attending in the hope of networking so that they may unravel what was done to them. But as they explore the building and gather information, they begin to uncover a sinister plot that endangers all of humanity. Unlock the secrets in this surreal mystery where the physical and metaphysical converge.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781733082204
Publication date: 4th September 2019
Author: David Lawrence
Publisher: Bards and Sages Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 182 pages
Primary Genre Science Fiction
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