Book Review: Slow Up by George Saoulidis

Posted February 3, 2019 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Cyberpunk, Review, Science-Fiction / 0 Comments

Book Review: Slow Up by George SaoulidisSlow Up by George Saoulidis
Narrator: Bridger Conklin
Series: Hire a Muse #2
Published by Mythography Studios on 07-26-18
Genres: Cyberpunk, Science-Fiction
Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
Buy on Amazon/Audible
Overal Rating: three-half-stars

How Fast Can You Think?
Limitless meets Black Mirror in this novel that pushes the limits of a couple's minds.

When Galene meets a man who's only goal in life is to make his mind go faster, she ends up falling for him. But will she manage to keep the relationship going at the top of the glass tower, when in reality she's too much of a slob and is bogged down with all her unfinished goals, when their age difference becomes too much of a problem, and when his work places them in the sights of an unforgiving huntress?

Do you want to know what's next for the computer geek Galene? Do you wanna meet Artemis? Then read this bittersweet story in a world where thinking too swiftly can get you killed.

This is Book 2 of the Hire a Muse series.

What is the god complex universe?
The gods are back in town. Skyscrapers pop out of nowhere all around Athens. Corporations rename themselves as Greek gods. It all started with the Greek crisis of 2009 and it will forever change the world as we know it. Some say that CEO's have gone mad. Others, that they know damn well what they are doing. That there is something solid amongst the myth. In the day of inter-connectivity and social media admiration, can the myths come back to life?

What happens when a corporation gets a god complex? Find out in our series of books on Kindle. Described as light cyberpunk, definitely sci-fi and with a fresh twist on Greek mythology.

Galene works as a support technician at a great corporation in Athens. One day she is requested to the top floor to assist Gregorius in an important project. Gregorius has reached success in life by applying the technique of overclocking his brain to perform better.

This book is very original in its premises, and I found very interesting the concept of overclocking a life and the risks of doing it. Galene and Gregorious could not have been more different, and this is one of the things that make the story interesting and relatable somehow. I just missed a bit more character development and more details about the story. I guess I just tend to like longer and more complex books. Nevertheless, this has been very enjoyable and refreshing because it is very different from everything I am reading lately.

Something atypical was that the book is mostly set in Athens and the Greek inspiration for some of the events. I also found curious that a small part of the story is set in Pontevedra (Spain), a close place to my hometown.

What spoiled to the audiobook a bit for me was Birdger Conklin’s narration. Galene’s interpretation was good, but the rest, including his interpretation of Gregorious, was almost robotic. I could have understood this for his Muse, but not for the overall narration. Checking Conglin’s profile on Audible, I see that most of his titles are non-fiction, and this maybe explains his narration style.

This story was a good one, and just a more colorful narration could have made it better.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Story (Plot)
Overall: three-half-stars