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The Universe is conscious, has many avatars, and likes to experiment on … us. Powerful Factions, the supreme form of social evolution in a galaxy where all civilizations are human-like, interfere for their own mysterious ends. When confident enough they challenge the Universe seeding war and political mayhem by altering the fabric of time.Ten million years ago, one FactionThe Universe is conscious, has many avatars, and likes to experiment on … us. Powerful Factions, the supreme form of social evolution in a galaxy where all civilizations are human-like, interfere for their own mysterious ends. When confident enough they challenge the Universe seeding war and political mayhem by altering the fabric of time.Ten million years ago, one Faction created an intelligent field, ready to destroy our galaxy, and to build a new universe from its ruins. It failed. Ten billion people died, and the technology was at first forbidden, then forgotten. They are trying again. How many will die now?A young man, a three hundred years old woman and a rogue AI join their forces to save what still can be saved....

Title : The Other Side
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ISBN : 9780993977213
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Number of Pages : 355 Pages
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The Other Side Reviews

  • Leo McBride
    2018-12-20 14:34

    With a splash of action, we arrive in the world of Florian Armas. A young man is caught up in an explosion in deep space, only escaping thanks to his mother but not doing so unscathed, his memory and emotions shattered and being forced to re-learn how to deal with the world around him. A brilliant start, full of tension and detail, but be prepared for a slower, more introspective novel. The young man and a woman out of her time are the central characters, in a story that mixes politics, sexuality, questions of identity and the omnipresent threat of mass destruction caused by the Travellers through their New Field - whose only previous usage killed ten billion people as they attempted to split the universe. After that initial burst of action, much of the remainder of the novel is something of a shell game of politics and identity. The young man becomes caught between the authorities and the Resistance, while the woman, Alenia, is operating as a spy trying to undermine the system in society. Each also has an artificial intelligence assisting them, a Digital Ego, as they are called, often Diego for short, which is a neat piece of terminology. Much of the story proceeds through internal dialogue with characters talking to their Digital Egos, which have the ability to hide their memories, mask their emotions and create fake, simulated experiences to share with others. People can also wipe their memories, and programme their memories to be wiped ahead of time, such as some do ahead of a festival filled with sexual contact, not all of it consensual. This is an unsettling world, and you see why Alenia is working to undermine it. However, things slow down after that adrenaline rush at the beginning and it takes some careful reading to follow the progress of the plot. This is an intriguing read, full of bright ideas and unsettling concepts, in a world where social interaction exists at different levels, from the superficial surface that you allow people to see to the core identity underneath, elements of which are sometimes concealed from the person themselves for protection. If you have the patience for a slower, more introspective read, then this is one to make you think.

  • Stjepan Cobets
    2018-12-21 21:27

    My rating is 3.5 - 3.7Book readers might find in the genre of science fiction, but me not attracted to read. The idea is good but in some details not very refined I had a feeling that something's missing. There are so many good things in the book, and you see that the author has entered the world of describing, but I completely lost the head of the main actors is multiple personalities. I do not know maybe it's me, but the main reason is a battle between the creator barriers Traveler that killed millions of people and their reason for doing new barrier did not clear. The future world in which the story set a well designed and Traveler rule with him, using many devices that control thought. They are dangerous because they can return to the past and manipulate them with anyone who oppose completely destroying your enemies before they're born. The fight against them and their subordinates are unequal and the rebels all the time hanging guillotine overhead. I think the writer should put a major focus on this battle because the barrier is here and as a sideshow."Copy provided courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review."

  • P. Zoro
    2018-12-28 14:33

    There is a fatal space explosion that destroys everyone else but a sole survivor saved by his mother. He undergoes extensive reconstruction to bring him back to life though his feelings and hormones have a lot of catching up to do with the definitions the Net pushes at him. Alenia is the second protagonist in the story which alternates first person point of view between the lone survivor and Alenia.Everyone fears an oppressive government whom they can't control. They get a Digital Ego (Diego) when they reach the general age of maturity which they can converse with and consult. AI is as pervasive as it is not today. There is danger and suspense right from the beginning, and one is engrossed in the unfolding tale of the survivor and Alenia fighting to preserve their universe as they knew it.This book is not for the faint-hearted. A high level of concentration is necessary to follow the story. The beginning is a bit confusing because of the shifting narrators. But the writer succeeds in building an engaging world, characters, and an interesting plot supported by captivating descriptions and excellent writing.

  • Barnaby Hazen
    2018-12-23 18:07

    I am very impressed with this book on many levels. I can also say I found it sometimes hard to follow, but the main thing is I *wanted* to follow it all the way through—the confusion I sometimes experienced did not lose me in the greater sense of the word, as a reader. I always felt welcomed and seduced by the newest details, sometimes replacing and sometimes gratifying the previous complications with an explanation. Her characters’ battle for something like privacy or freedom-in a world where one must delete one’s own passing thoughts to be safe from persecution-is ultimately distressing and I think relevant to current human technology by way of logical extension. Some of the tools in this fight include a built in computerized psyche (with which one converses and negotiates as one might a friend), practicing deception against one’s own allies (in order to throw the enemy off the bigger trail of the rebellion), pulling one’s punches against rapists so that one isn’t flagged for packing a punch too powerful to fit with one’s public profile. What's great about this last example to me is the razor's edge a woman must walk in protecting herself from on one hand unthinkable abuse, and on the other, politics and the law. Modern feminist issues contain haunting hints of the same difficult choices. Here I have to mention William Gibson in passing, but Armas takes the most disturbing implications of cyber manipulation and entertainment to a hyper-steroidal new plateau-where millions of people may be engaged in one’s sexual fantasies and/or demoralizations. Those in high places are brought up to believe violent sex films victimizing a woman must be favorable to the woman-because of the publicity. Again, resonant to modern sex-work. I offer a five-star review with the suggestion that the author could stand for a copy-editor—or a new one; I did find many little typos along the way. Armas' prose is too eloquent to taint with little syntax issues a second reader could easily be rid of for her. In any case, I am grateful to have found this book among so very many indies on the market.

  • P.S. Meraux
    2019-01-03 16:11

    A young man barely survives an explosion in space. Thanks to modern technology, he is kept alive while parts of him are re-generated. His brain was also damaged. He has to re-learn language, emotions and simply how to be. He is one protagonist and a woman, Alenia, is the other. Due to the way the story is written in first person, alternating between both it took me a while to get this. But after re-reading the beginning chapters a couple of times I allowed myself to obsess less about remembering all the details and got into the story.Both protagonists have the aid of artificial intelligence or AI’s for short.The young man has plenty of mental conversations with his AI, or DigitalEgo, fittingly called Diego-- via an implanted chip. Some of these conversations are not clearly referenced which was the cause of my needing to go back and re-read certain chapters. Imagine have an Echo in your brain instead of sitting on the side table of your home. Diego is ready, willing and able to answer most any question the young man has, even erasing memories to keep him safe. The young man has a particular skill in that he has a connection with the powerful Field that was put into place by the Travellers, a not so benign group of aliens. In the past this Field has been used to kill billions of people. Needless to say the rebels battling against the aliens and their own abusive government are interested in taking advantage of the kid’s skill. The alternating POV’s provide a rich picture of this universe and the lengths that the resistance are willing to go to, even using this kid, to change things. Some of the more inventive parts could use a bit more explanation to offer more clarity for the reader. I wanted to give this story 3.5 stars and rounded up in my posting. The heroes of this novel have some difficult challenges to overcome, including one that could destroy the universe as they know it in their quest to overthrow an oppressive government. I won’t go into details about the end to avoid giving away any spoilers. I think if a reader has the patience to go slow through the opening chapters, they’ll get more out of the story

  • Erin Daniels
    2018-12-23 21:09

    After reading reviews of this book I knew that I needed to pay close attention to the first few chapters in order to fully grasp the story. I think this technique worked wonders because I was pretty clear on what was going on and was able to jump into the narrative with little confusion or the feeling of being lost as to time and place. The results were well worth it because the author takes on a journey that has as much to do with man v himsself as it does with man v nature or man v man. The first person dialogue made this an absorbing read and I think any other perspective would have resulted in a story that lacked connectivity and poignancy. My main point of contention is I think the author should have slowed down the narrative in a few places and been a little more patient with explication and backstory. It's not enough to really hurt the story, in my opinion but in a backhanded complimentary sort of way, the writing was so skilled that I think a disservice was done in some spots where the explanations were thin. Otherwise this was a treat - I've been reading a lot of Miles Cameron lately and I'm really into stories that weave genre tropes with superb literary and psychologically responsive skill. This is such a book!

  • Jennifer Withers
    2018-12-29 20:33

    Although an interesting premise, I found this book extremely difficult to follow. There are huge sections of ‘telling’, without any real explanation of any of the terms used, or much explanation of the technology scattered throughout the book. I understand that readers generally don’t like paragraphs of explanation, but some explanation would’ve gone a long way in clarifying not only the plot of this book, but the world it takes place in as well.I couldn’t relate to any of the characters, and there is such similarity in voice between the two main characters that I often got confused as to who was narrating, and often the only way I could tell the difference was when one of them referred to someone they knew.The male protagonist never seems to be named, and that fact, that distance, made it very difficult for me to connect with him as a character. His love for Lamia was very puzzling too, seeing as he’d only met her once or twice, and hardly knew her at all.I found the overall story strange and jarring, not one that I really enjoyed at all. I had to go back often to re-read passages to try to understand the overall story and action of the book, and this dampened my enjoyment as it became frustrating to go back and forth.The book could also have used a much heavier hand in terms of editing. There are mistakes like ‘starring’ instead of ‘staring’, and these kinds of mistakes are plentiful throughout the text. The author also has a strange style, one I couldn’t get used and didn’t enjoy.Unfortunately, this read was a definite miss for me.

  • D. Miller
    2019-01-18 15:28

    If this novel were a refrigerator user manual, it might be described as not “user friendly”—but technically impeccable. By no criterion is this an “easy read”, and quite frankly I think many readers will not be able to cope and will move on. On many levels, this novel is extremely well written, and I must confess as a writer I was somewhat jealous of the author’s mastery of the art of riveting description. I had to re-read the beginning pages of this book a couple of times to grab hold of the plot. Because of the author’s finesse, I was persuaded that it was worth the effort. Because this author is creating a sci/fi world and scenario that is totally alien to readers—excuse the pun (this is the second book of the Living Universe series, so readers of the first book may have an easier time slipping into the book’s setting), some may (like me) have to return to the beginning and start again to get on the track. I do not wish to spoil the story for future readers, but to get a quick idea, it begins with a catastrophic explosion aboard a spaceship, caused by a space battle and a well-launched missile from the Travellers. We are told that a Faction previously experimented with the New Field in a bid to permanently alter, split, the galaxy, with grave consequences and loss of life. And now others are back at it, with the likely probability of causing future catastrophe.The voice is first person, and the perspective of the first character we meet is that of a young man who is seriously injured in the space conflagration, losing his memory (and emotions). He arrives via emergency capsule on a space station, Aurora, and receives medical care, but by doing so places his caregivers and all those who live in this region in danger because of the connection between his mind and the Field. A treaty with the main planet is not likely to be respected, leaving the rescuers stripped of defenses and vulnerable to attack and invasion should the government of the main planet attempt to locate and recover the young escape artist.As our young man struggles to become human again, the perspective changes to that of a centuries old woman, Alenia, who sports the deceptive appearance of a 30-year-old. She lives on the main planet, a high-level employee of a government adept at using artificial intelligence (Diego, or DigitalEgos) to maintain an ironclad grip on the minds of its citizens. Alenia, with the help of her renegade AI, breaks free of that grip and together with our hero (whose original Diego was destroyed with the spaceship) works against the Travellers’ plans to create a New Field—“the right of higher minds to decide the fate of lesser minds”—that is as likely as the last to destroy the galaxy and plummet the occupants into destructive chaos in their drive to unleash a new universe. It’s not difficult to see connections between this imaginary world and the one we live in, which also seems to be controlled by a conspiracy of elite leaders bent on causing a catastrophic conclusion to human history in their bid to reshape the world into something it was not created to be.A richly detailed, inventive and original novel that is unlike anything else I have read. Definitely not a late-night read, as the reader needs to be fully awake to follow the twists and turns in this sci/fi novel, or risk being left behind in a confused muddle in the dust. I am giving it four stars (would give it four and a half if I could) because though exquisitely written, the author’s characterizations and plot may be too remote for many readers, especially younger readers, to connect with. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • V.R. Craft
    2019-01-18 18:09

    The Other Side explores a dystopian future where the Government of Earth controls everything and its citizens have no ability to change or stop it. Everyone has neural implants they can converse with internally, asking for help, getting unsolicited advice, etc. This is called a Digital Ego, or Diego (which I think is a clever name). Alenia, who is a member of the Government, can read citizens' minds at close proximity and with the proper permissions from higher-ups.On a far out planet, a group of rebels lives under a wall of ice, free from Earth's government. One of them, a guy who narrates much of the story, almost died and had most of his brain and body regrown, so he isn't supposed to remember anything from his past, but that doesn't really work out. He ends up going home to Earth to infiltrate the government, posing as a wannabe astronaut. He soon runs into Alenia, who has a hard time reading him, even with her technological advances.I found some parts of this story confusing and hard to follow; however, I later realized this is book two in a series, so it's possible some of my confusion is due to not reading the first book. I thought the concepts of the future were very interesting, and the plot did keep me guessing. It moves a little slowly at first, but you also get a lot of information about the world. Later on the plot picks up pace, and there were a lot of entertaining scenes. I did find the jumping back and forth between first person characters a little confusing, and that may have been complicated by my not having read the first book and having some confusion there, as well. Although I have not read the first book, I would probably recommend reading it before this one, and it's generally a good idea to read a series in order.The concept of the future is something we should all pay attention to right now, as no one wants an oppressive government running things, whether it's a government made up of computers or people.

  • Matthew Newnham
    2019-01-18 19:33

    I won't say this was the easiest of reads but the first few pages told me the book was one that could only get better and yes I was right. Once I had grasped the storyline I soon found that it flowed. The first scene is amazingly well written with picture perfect detail and I found myself with that feeling that the story was being played out on a screen in front of me, something every good writer knows must be done. The detail of the descriptions slows the book to a sedated pace that sucks the reader gently into the story.Once I got into the book I wanted to keep turning the page. The story flows well and uses some fairly traditional methods of sci-fi storytelling and this proven recipe if you like works well for the book. Told in the first person the story is engaging and ends in a position of seeing the same story or series of events from different camera positions, the story telling is very well conceived and for anyone who is looking to start reading Sci-fi or just looking for something that stretches the imagination this book is a winner. The characters, scenes, and settings are well defined and make placing oneself in the book quite easy, it does have a feel of being talked through and guided by the voice of the book which is something I personally quite like. That voice is one that made me turn the page and perhaps if that voice had not been quite as persuasive and well spoken I might not have finished the book.There are some challenging scenes that a reader may have to read again and this in a way is a good thing ensuring the reader is captivated by what could be a complicated story. This is the only reason I reduced the star rating, the book is a good read, you do end up with a voice in your head that creates a unique level of disturbance for the reader that I have not found with many readers.I will give this book a thumbs up, it really is worth a read. I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinions and a review.

  • Dan Gillis
    2018-12-30 16:14

    Follow a thoughtful and descriptive journey of self-discovery and Resistance through the minds of characters who struggle against the machinations of the Travelers. The storyline is immersive and requires a degree of patience. The interactions are vibrant and well written to present clear ideas and settings, also first person perspective locks the reader tightly into the minds of the main characters. The story confronts typical norms and presents an alternate society of sorts, perpetuated by artificial digital egos which engage with the characters regularly. The overarching idea is one of control and choices. The protagonist of the story starts with a complete wipe of identity and throughout the novel builds a perspective of the world. Often strange and harsh, reality upon the homeworld offers strange concepts and ideas for the readers and characters to adapt to. Some impressions connected me to the Brave New World dystopia, but only in the sense of accepted cultural norms in an alternate society. Ultimately, the goal of the Resistance is to disrupt the plans of Travelers to whom seek gain dominion of a new universe, which will come at the cost of countless lives in the present. This novel is introspective and original. I would recommend it to those looking to the explore the human condition masked within the shell of technology and sci-fi elements

  • Bibliophile Johnson
    2019-01-06 13:18

    Florian Armas is a master at illustrating discussions within the minds of his characters. Each has a computer chip implanted within their cervical vertebrae which melds seamlessly with their consciousness to allow wonderful conversations. I enjoyed this added character development as I could learn how each individual reacted with their computer - which could be a voice or even depicted as an avatar in their mind’s eye.The premise of The Other Side is in my opinion an accurate estimation of our far future, as computers and artificial intelligence begin to dominate our society. The high-level manipulations and clever altering of tone, mood and body stance with the help of their inner computer, to fool each other added to the suspense and mystery. Each character could be their actual age, or be an individual hundreds of years old and re-implanted into a new body, or be an individual with the memories of another person’s prior life uploaded into their consciousness, and all these clever ideas served to make this an edgy and thrilling tale. Armas does a nice job delivering a unique story, and I’m very impressed by his style.

  • L.N. Denison
    2019-01-18 17:17

    Not sure about this one!The premise for this story is a good one, but I found it quite slow going. The story revolves around a man who is caught up in a in an explosion on a space ship. He wakes up in a hospital bed elsewhere. So, the only real action was at the beginning of the book.The entire story is told in the first person, which I love, so kudos to the author for that. Alenia is probably the main character, she seemed to have most of the story line, trying to undermine the system, which was my favourite situation. I did like the idea of the implants, known as digital ego's, very innovative. It was all very technological, which isn't really my bag. But if you like that kind of thing, then I recommend it. For me, it was too slow.

  • J.D. Wilde
    2019-01-06 17:34

    TLDR – 2-2.5/5—it’s an interesting plot, but I can’t recommend this book in its current state. This book is not an easy read even for the most experienced sci-fi readers.Review:I bought this after seeing the stellar reviews and the stellar price tag (it’s only $1.44!). As a fellow indie author, I expected the usual suspects—misspelled words, missing punctuations, occasionally weird formatting—but everything pointed to this being a good if not great story.We follow two very different protagonists as they navigate a corrupt world. A rebel who has lost all his memories after surviving a catastrophic explosion, and Alenia, a government employ working to undermine the government’s power from within. Both main characters have interesting story lines that intertwine with one another, and both main characters are likeable. There is a really interesting AI in your head mechanic that I love. Honestly, if I was reviewing the ideas for this story alone, this would be at least 4 stars. but I’m not. I’m reviewing the entire book.And the book is practically impossible to read without doubling back to re-read something every other paragraph. I love the idea of a fully function AI taking residence within someone’s head and voicing their own concerns/ ideas/ etc., but this contributes largely to the problem. The book is written entirely in the first person, which would be difficult enough with only two main characters dialogue to keep track of. But then you have to double the internal dialogue again because of the AIs in both of the main character’s heads. Between the AI internal dialogue, the main characters’ internal dialogue, the main characters’ actual dialogue, and everybody else’s dialogue, the story needed to be formatted and structured absolutely perfectly, so a reader can follow what’s going on. And unfortunately, it isn’t.I believe I’m like most people, by which I mean I read books to relax and escape. I don’t want to have to go back and read something three times just to understand what’s going on. It got to the point where I could not tell if the characters were voicing something aloud or internally. It sincerely felt like I was missing whole parts of the story because I couldn’t follow, and that’s so frustrating because this is an interesting story!Final Thoughts: I really don’t think anyone will be able to read this without doubling back at least once, especially in the opening chapters. It’s a shame the structure of a book is inhibiting me from being able to rate this higher because the ideas are good. But if I can’t correctly follow the ideas as they are presented, then it’s a problem.

  • Melonie Purcell
    2019-01-15 20:25

    The Other Side is set in an amazing world of artificial intelligences and ulterior motives. The author has created a rich world filled with twists and turns and imbedded with espionage and treachery. It’s been a long time since I have read science fiction that takes me to a place I have never been, but this book does that.It is difficult to sum up the plot without giving anything away. In short, the story begins with fatal explosion in space and then follows the lone survivor back to a space station where he is basically recreated. This first portion is written in first person with the urgent feel of present tense. The author does a remarkable job keeping the reader in the moment and relaying the main character’s sketchy memories and disjointed experiences without leaving us behind. The book then moves to the bigger arc. An alien race called the Travelers have taken over and established an elitist system on an alternate Earth(ish) that allows them to maintain control of the population without having to do all of the work of managing the world themselves. However, they are about to launch another intelligence field that is likely to be even more deadly than the first field and a secret faction of resistance rebels is working to stop them. What makes this whole plot even more exciting is the fantastic world building incorporating a complex and well thought out world of artificial intelligences that become characters themselves. The rules for this world are well thought out and consistently followed. Also, and this could be just my perspective, the overall story was (for me) a brilliant, subversive commentary on the question of the common man’s right to make decisions that impact everyone verses the rights of the elite to make those decisions on behalf of the common man in order to possibly save everyone by preventing poor decisions. While I am a fan of the story line, the fantastic imagination of the world and the character arcs, this book was very difficult to follow. The main problem comes in trying to sort out who is talking. Between the internal character dialog and the internal AI dialog and the external dialog, it gets confusing to follow very quickly. I read this book in a digital format, which probably doesn’t help matters. Also, the book suffers from a lack of professional editing, which at times impacts meaning. However, despite the struggles, partially created by what makes this book great in the first place, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to someone who wants to take a journey down a road they have probably never even imagined.

  • B.Y. Yan
    2019-01-09 18:20

    Well done Mr. Armas.You had me at the first few pages with an exceptionally well done explosion, and the amnesia scene which followed, cliche as it may have been, was the correct choice in moving on with the story. At the risk of spoiling the read for those who may come after - and really, a trip (or trippy) such as this one does lend well to exploration going in fully blind, as all tales involving the voices in our heads tend to - I shall not delve too deeply into the plot, only that we will end by viewing the entire story from multiple perspectives, often accompanied by what can only be described as the sci-fi equivalent of our own conscience. That, in and of itself, was again the correct path to be explored, but it does tend to make for a difficult read during conversation scenes. Imagine if you will the constant interjections of an unknown third party (or fourth, fifth, depending on the number of people talking), whose presence is only keenly felt by the reader and the protagonist we are accompanied by, and you will have the right idea. It is a flaw then, one perhaps which is not so much glaring as it is noticeable, and at times it does tend to temper the momentum of the story in ways that will come off frustrating for readers. But being as every story needs a proper voice, a writing style unique to the tone, setting and atmosphere the author is attempting to conjure, this one, I think, can be forgiven.If you have a little voice inside your head that you go to for advice, the advice would be, in this case, give it a shot.I recieved this book for free in exchange for my honest opinions and a review.

  • E.J. Bennett
    2018-12-30 17:29

    The book has a good story line. The world which the story is set in is very imaginative and creative, which sees some twits and turns. I did feel like there was something missing. The beginning of the book did have me a little confused. I did have to go back and read it a few times. Which is why I knocked the off a star. I also found it hard to tell who was talking at times which again made me re read what was written. The reason I knocked off another star. The book as great potential and I did like the story once I got over the initial few pages and figured out who was saying what.