The Wired City

The Wired City by Yolanda Sfetsos

Tolliver is caught in a cycle of boredom she desperately wants to escape. She hates her job writing silly slogans, doesn’t have any friends, and lives in a crowded city full of mindless androids.

When she stumbles on a mysterious classifieds message specifically targeted at her, Tolliver decides to leave her claustrophobic unit and finds herself in an unexpected adventure. A seemingly simple task leads her to a conspiracy theory that will put her life in danger, introduce her to a lot of potential friends, and some hard truths that circle back to her…

The IndieMuse Review

Demain Publishing’s new series Weird! Wonderful! Other Worlds! has brought out their second book: The Wired City by Yolanda Sfetsos.

Imagine Blade Runner meets I, Robot…but without any humans.

Tolliver (Tolli to her non-existent friends) is just another android in a city full of mindless androids—and she hates writing silly slogans when she wants to be a journalist.

A secret message gets her out of her claustrophobic unit and sends her on an adventure, full of danger and hard truths about the life she thought she knew.

The writing in the story was good and the story moved at a fast pace. However, I think the author missed a trick here which could have improved the story line. While it is not easy to make people care about androids rather than living beings, there needs to be some kind of connection.

Case in point: take the 2005 animated movie Robots. Halfway through the movie nobody saw the characters as robots anymore—they were sentient beings who had to fight for their lives against the big, evil corporation.

While this story had all the right elements, being constantly reminded that the characters are not human made me detach. So much so, I cared more about the cat than Tolliver. Maybe I am being overly critical, since I don’t read a lot of sci-fi, but the experience made me feel like it could have been more.

I will say this, however—this author does have some skills and needs to be watched in the future.

MORT STONE

Mort Stone lives in untamed Africa, where he rides his lion to work every morning to slave away as a scientist who learned how to fake competency.

Reading is his passion…well, the one he can admit to, anyway. As an aggressive pacifist, he chooses to fight vicariously through stories which can bring him no physical harm.

While he is almost confidant that his IQ is in the top 50%, his wife regularly reminds him of all the stupid things he does. He will neither admit nor deny the accusations of sarcasm, but he can act like he cares. Most of the time.

As an avid reader of horror and thrillers, and somewhat of a movie buff in those genres, he still blames his insomnia on Global Warming. Because he can.

He would also like to apologize in advance for any swear words which might slip through…he will blame that on the insomnia.

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Curator Notes: "A redundant little tale with flashes of talent from Sfetsos." —Emo-Lee

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