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What does it mean to be human, and what happens when humanity takes the next step in its evolution?
When Join arrived, it was hailed as a miracle: a technology that allowed humans to join consciousnesses. To experience perfect, constant companionship through multiple bodies. To never die.
But Chance and Leap—two joins of five and four respectively—discover a terrifying malfunction in the technology.
Chance and Leap must journey into the climate change–ruined heart of North America and the communities of never-joined “ferals” in search of the only ones who can dismantle the technology: the ones who created it.

From Publishers Weekly

25 January 2016 – In Toutonghi's debut novel, "joins" are entities comprising pooled consciousnesses shared by any number of individuals, or "drives." The social and interpersonal ramifications of this imaginative form of personhood are duly explored in the first part of this novel, but the going is not easy. The attempts to explain an essentially mysterious process can be tedious, and drives with names such as Chance 6 and Leap 2 are hard to keep track of. Also frustrating is the author's penchant for eliding the obvious such as when two drives of a single join are having sex, and Toutonghi ignores the fact that, basically, the join is having sex with itself. The latter half of the book, which focuses on disastrous climate changes on Earth and the chasm that exists between joins and "solos" (those whose consciousness isn't connected), is much more compelling, presenting two radically differing visions of humanity's future. Unfortunately, the most intriguing and thought-provoking issues are raised only at the conclusion, and even then, they're given too-short shrift.

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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Published: 19 April 2016
  • Publisher: Soho Press
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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