In A.D. 2039, a prodigious seventeen year old, Elliott, is assigned to work on a global soft-ware initiative his deceased grandfather helped found. Project Alexandria is intended to provide the entire world secure and equal access to all accumulated human knowledge. All forms of print are destroyed in good faith, to ensure everyone has equal footing, and Elliott knows he must soon part with his final treasure: a book of Shakespeare’s complete works gifted him by his grandfather. Before it is destroyed, Elliott notices something is amiss with the book, or rather Project Alexandria. The two do not match, including an extra sonnet titled “Day Moon”. When Elliott investigates, he uncovers far more than he bargained for. There are sinister forces backing Project Alexandria who have no intention of using it for its public purpose. Elliott soon finds himself on the run from federal authorities and facing betrayals and deceit from those closest to him. Following clues left by his grandfather, with agents close at hand, Elliott desperately hopes to find a way to stop Project Alexandria. All of history past and yet to be depend on it. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
Please note: I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and I voluntarily chose to write a review
This was a read I had to abandon, but I did give it about ~160 pages before giving up. The premise was fairly intriguing to me, but I wish I had realized that the religious connotations were going to be quite so heavy handed. I’m not opposed per say, but it just didn’t quite fit with the expectation.
Regardless of the religious content, the reason I had to put the book down was because it was so dragged out. The story just never quite felt like it was moving anywhere and there wasn’t any urgency to the events. Even when the characters are in danger, it seemed to unfold in a very “matter-of-fact” way. I liked the world-building the potential of the story, but ultimately this one fell flat. Hopefully others have more luck with this read.
Warning: Contains violence and heavy religious content.
Rating: 1 stars!
Who should read it? More religious readers who are willing to be a little more patient with a story.