Read “deviations”, a novel by Christopher Arcella

deviations (1)Japan Soul “Hey Yah Hey” video director Christopher Arcella has written a new novel called “deviations”  and it’s up on sale at Amazon.

It’s only $5 and I can’t recommend this book enough.

In a world where citizens have willingly waived any right to digital privacy, circuited interactive contact lenses have become the standard mobile device. The connect-lens, as it’s called, gives the watchful eye of corporate governance a clear view into the personal lives of an entire society. Those observed straying from the route of the model citizen face steep fines and social isolation to herd them back towards what is known as the People’s Path. A young surveillance technician named Fio avidly supports this system until the day he is placed under suspicion for a crime he didn’t commit. His struggles to escape the consequences of his own data trail weave a cautionary tale that could soon be a scenario from our own hyperconnected world.

Here’s my Amazon review:

“Arcella’s deviations does something unique and important within the canon of great sci-fi works. Huxley, Dick and Orwell had visions of futures so different and distant we wouldn’t expect the real future to conform directly to them. Arcella paints a world that feels just a few steps removed from where we are now in 2014. It’s that fact that makes it such a riveting read. The “connect-lens” could easily be what Google Glass evolves into. Drones are on the periphery and inching towards everyday use. We continue to gleefully trade our privacy for access. Our every virtual interaction is monitored. The world of deviations is where this is all heading. The loss of privacy paves way for the implementation of an algorithm for predictive behavior. Anyone who doesn’t conform to the the “mean” is considered a deviation. A threat to society. Nearly every aspect of Arcella’s dystopian nightmare feels like it’s a breath away from becoming a reality. For most of us who have accepted the sweeping changes in our digital lives over the past decade, reading this book will inject much needed pause to help us truly understand where these seemingly abstract concerns may be taking us.
— Jason Paul