An interesting dystopian mystery, futuristic in plot but still containing plenty of mystery, action and twists to suit crime fiction fans.
‘Iliba Uravels’ by Ed Crutchley has a futuristic storyline, where constant surveillance via wristwatches monitor everyone’s interactions, crime is at its lowest levels, and yet we have Detective Inspector Hubert Plon on hand to handle any murders that do arise. As he begins a budding yet secretive relationship, he is called to investigate the murder of a man that had been developing artificial intelligences connected to the country-wide surveillance, Iliba, of his own.
This is an interesting dystopian mystery, futuristic in plot but still containing plenty of mystery, action and twists to suit crime fiction fans. The plotline is well written and I found the characters to be well-developed, with each new piece of information taking me down a path I wouldn’t have guessed. With the technology held within the smart watches a lot of us wear today, it’s not difficult to believe that the creation of something like Iliba could be possible and I feel the author did a brilliant job of setting the scene in a way that is uncanny yet highly believable. An interesting mystery with a dystopian twist that I feel would appeal to fans of either genre.
Detective Inspector Hubert Plon investigates a brutal murder in the London suburbs. He discovers that the victim had been developing artificial intelligence to predict people’s actions, something that would hardly have raised eyebrows in times past. Links to the recent national surveillance programme called Iliba, however, change everything.
|Publication date:||26th July 2021|
|Primary Genre||Dystopian Fiction|