Uncanny
Two sisters. One death. No memories.Cora should remember every detail about the night her stepsister, Hannah, fell down a flight of stairs to her death, especially since her Cerepin—a sophisticated brain-computer interface—may have recorded each horrifying moment. But when she awakens after that night, her memories gone, Cora is left with only questions—and dread of what the answers might mean.When a downward spiral of self-destruction forces Cora to work with an AI counselor, she finds an unexpected ally, even as others around her grow increasingly convinced that Hannah’s death was no accident. As Cora’s dark past swirls chaotically with the versions of Hannah’s life and death that her family and friends want to believe, Cora discovers the disturbing depths of what some people may do—including herself.With her very sanity in question, Cora is forced to face her greatest fear. She will live or die by what she discovers.

Uncanny Details

TitleUncanny
Author
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherSkyscape
ISBN-139781542046466
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Mystery

Uncanny Review

  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    Imagine living in an age where your every movement is recorded, where artificial intelligence can be used to help or hinder, where humanity seems to be drifting into some kind of great abyss because a sophisticated computer interface holds all truths. Cora awoke to a blank in her memory and those missing moments happened the night her stepsister died. Was Cora responsible as many thought? Was she the awful daughter/stepdaughter that her parents believed? Was she the troubled one or was she the s Imagine living in an age where your every movement is recorded, where artificial intelligence can be used to help or hinder, where humanity seems to be drifting into some kind of great abyss because a sophisticated computer interface holds all truths. Cora awoke to a blank in her memory and those missing moments happened the night her stepsister died. Was Cora responsible as many thought? Was she the awful daughter/stepdaughter that her parents believed? Was she the troubled one or was she the silent victim of something dark and brutally cruel? Who would believe her, anyway? Hannah was always the perfect one, the caring one, or so it seemed…Now, an AI counselor would attempt to uncover what lay hidden in Cora’s mind and on her computer interface, but who is he working for and what is he really supposed to reveal?UNCANNY by Sarah Fine is a gritty, terrifying and emotionally dark tale of a cold society that has stopped feeling compassion, or empathy or even being truly supportive because computers will tell all, absolving even a parent from real responsibility. Cora has been a victim of cleverly hidden bullying and her stepsister’s death was merely one more nail in the coffin of her self-esteem and self-doubt. As the mystery unfolds, Cora has little support and even the “help” she needs comes from a machine. As repulsive as it is compelling, this tale of a future world is as raw as it is telling, a flawed child is in crisis and the lines of right and wrong are smeared with 1’s and 0’s. A read that defies being ignored or forgotten.I received an ARC edition from Skyscape in exchange for my honest review.Publisher: Skyscape (October 3, 2017)Publication Date: October 3, 2017Genre: YA | Bullying | ScifiPrint Length: 316 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews & More: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    "We'll make our own normal, one that fits just right. Was that too therapisty?""It was actually kind of beautiful."There's no denying that I love this author's writing. I have always loved how she weaves such dark, real, raw, elements into her fantasy (and now scifi) works. UNCANNY is pretty close to contemporary, probably as close as we'll ever get from her, except for the fact that it's set in the future and there are many scientific advancements and elements at play in society. "Sometimes I t "We'll make our own normal, one that fits just right. Was that too therapisty?""It was actually kind of beautiful."There's no denying that I love this author's writing. I have always loved how she weaves such dark, real, raw, elements into her fantasy (and now scifi) works. UNCANNY is pretty close to contemporary, probably as close as we'll ever get from her, except for the fact that it's set in the future and there are many scientific advancements and elements at play in society. "Sometimes I think I'm going crazy.""Sometimes, I think surviving looks crazy. But it never is, okay? Surviving is the best way to tell the people who have hurt you that they can go to hell."One of those advancements being cannies, robots/tech with AI who perform a variety of roles from driving, cooking, cleaning, to being an actual presence in one's house and monitoring the safety, security, location, and health of its inhabitants. I absolutely loved this element, the complexity of it, and yet how seamlessly it had been woven into the world and the lives of the characters."I've been wondering -- do you breathe?""I have a heat-diffusion system that is vented through my nose.""So.. no? You just blow hot air?"As for those characters, well, in that regard this was a tough book to love. UNCANNY opens up with Cora trying to kill herself. Her stepsister has just died, in what seems to be an accident, and despite being the only witness, she has no memory of what happened and all the recording devices -- both the house and their Cerepins, basically implanted computers in their temples -- were shut off. At least.. so they believe. Cora is torn between her memories of a kind sister who only wanted to accept her in her life and the occasional glimpses of behaviour that showed otherwise. "You're upset.""Wow, Rafiq, you're a real pro.""When we discuss your sister, your heart rate rises dramatically.""Now you're getting creepy."What makes Cora's unreliable and confused memories harder is the presence of a second POV (in a way) as shown as video data being reviewed. Data that was recorded by Hannah and that shows her to be something other than what everyone believes her to be. But it also seems to support the evidence that Cora was unbalanced, traumatized by her childhood, and jealous of her new sister. So, who is to be believed? What's the truth?Grief is an animal inside me, settled in its cave.I don't want to say more than that because this is a story that deserves to be taken apart piece by piece as each moment is revealed. There's a lot on the go in this story. Fine had me on the edge of my seat for this ride. It was tough to read, excruciating to see the manipulations and sabotage being done, and yet incredibly compelling. We're seeing more and more of these unreliable narrators, these grey characters, and while I love the change up it does actually make for a rather stressful experience. And UNCANNY was no different.All I know is there is something big and dark inside me, and I don't know how to get rid of it. This will never get better, no matter how perfect my robot therapist is.In addition to the real-talk around self-harm and neglect as abuse, bullying, and survivor's guilt and trauma, I loved the dialogue about AI rights, wants and desires, free will; it was so deftly woven into the story and made a big impact at the end of it all. And that ending.. wow. That being said, the problem is that while it fit the suspense element to have two characters we couldn't be sure about -- who was lying, who was hurting, who should be believed -- ultimately it makes it hard to like either of them.. and therefore hard to love the book. Because it seems like only one character in UNCANNY is exactly as they seem. Well, maybe two.So while I didn't love it, I did like it, because not knowing who to trust makes for a tense, fast-paced, page-turning experience.3.5 "lying is well within my operating parameters" stars** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
    January 1, 1970
    I want to thank NetGalley and Skyscape and Two Lions for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review I have enjoyed it although I think it may haven't been my cup of tea3/5 StarsYou can find this one and more of my reviews on my blog A Book. A Thought.This story is catching, I can't deny that I have been so intrigued during the course of the plot, because in this book you never know who to trust in and that fact keeps you interested and wanting to find out all the matter. I lik I want to thank NetGalley and Skyscape and Two Lions for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review I have enjoyed it although I think it may haven't been my cup of tea3/5 StarsYou can find this one and more of my reviews on my blog A Book. A Thought.This story is catching, I can't deny that I have been so intrigued during the course of the plot, because in this book you never know who to trust in and that fact keeps you interested and wanting to find out all the matter. I liked that aspect, but I also had some problems with the plot in general, I feel that although it keeps the suspense at all times I was a liitle bit bored at times, this aggravated to that I'm not sure about the characters The writing style is fantastic without doubts would read another book of the author, has that touch that makes you feel in the events placesur rounded by mystery and keeps you curious, that's great !. I also understand that the author is accustomed to writing paranormal and that kind of thing, so I'm not sure if it's her first Sci-Fi work, I may be wrong, but anyway I wanted to mention it because she did a great job, besides mixes a futuristic reality with a very contemporary style. I know it sounds confusing but it works lolCora is the main character, and the plot focuses on the suspicious death of her sister. Cora has many difficult decisions that she must take during the plot, as she is faced in the beginning of the book with the possibility of committing suicide and then we will also see other equally delicate subjects. I mention it because being a sensitive subject I think some sensitive people might find the book somewhat strong, but still everything is touched in a very respectful way. Going back to Cora is not a character that I couldn't connect, sadly I couldn't with any character and that is one of my main problems, even so it's not a justification to tell you that the book is not good, because in fact, it is! I think it's just been personal. I strongly recommend that you get into the book without knowing anything about it, I think you'll be surprised and you'll enjoy it even more. I think you'll enjoy it if you like the mystery, the futuristic novels and the aspects of Sci-fi, which I think even though I'm not a fan of the genre, I've really liked it how the author has handled it in here
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  • Lulai
    January 1, 1970
    --- I received this book through NetGalley against an honest review. ---I find the title of this book particularly well found, because this book was strange, disturbing and clearly Uncanny. We follow Cora, who has just lost her sister Hannah, she has no recollection of the night when she died, in parallel, we saw some flashbacks about the relationship between the two sisters and the latter was not always beautiful.What is interesting is precisely this relationship, it is unhealthy in my eyes and --- I received this book through NetGalley against an honest review. ---I find the title of this book particularly well found, because this book was strange, disturbing and clearly Uncanny. We follow Cora, who has just lost her sister Hannah, she has no recollection of the night when she died, in parallel, we saw some flashbacks about the relationship between the two sisters and the latter was not always beautiful.What is interesting is precisely this relationship, it is unhealthy in my eyes and we realize that everything could have happened on the night of Hannah's death, the author succeeds in maintaining a constant doubt and the resolution will be revealed only in the last chapters. I passed my reading wanting to know what happened, to discover these two sisters with characters so different, their past and the strangeness of what binds them. For this particular point, the book is very successful.Another important point, the context of the book, the latter takes place in the future, and there is a whole issue around surveillance, freedom and artificial intelligences, besides one of the key figures is an AI, and I loved this character, but I will say no more about it. This context works perfectly for the plot and it is also a point that I liked.So I loved this book, it managed to hook me in it plotwists and if you like thrillers this book will strongly please you.
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  • A.
    January 1, 1970
    This book is well written with extremely good character development. The ending caught me by surprise. Job well done. Great book for the younger set.
  • Cambear
    January 1, 1970
    Three and a half starsAlthough it's not labeled, this is a companion book to Beneath the Shine. It takes place in the same world and the characters and events are even referenced in Uncanny. But this story is completely different so you don't need to read Beneath the Shine to enjoy Uncanny.In fact, the world of Uncanny is a bit different with emphasis on personal computing devices, artificial intelligence and privacy rather than social media. In fact, there is so much to set up about this world, Three and a half starsAlthough it's not labeled, this is a companion book to Beneath the Shine. It takes place in the same world and the characters and events are even referenced in Uncanny. But this story is completely different so you don't need to read Beneath the Shine to enjoy Uncanny.In fact, the world of Uncanny is a bit different with emphasis on personal computing devices, artificial intelligence and privacy rather than social media. In fact, there is so much to set up about this world, that the first half is a bit clunky and tough to get into. Also, most of the characters are not really admirable people so I had a tough time engaging with the book.If you can stick with the book, then things get better. Uncanny is really a psychological mystery thriller about Hannah's death. I enjoyed this part of the book is much more since it's suspenseful and creepy with lots of twists.Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of the book for review.
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  • Stef White
    January 1, 1970
    When I first requested this book from Netgalley, who kindly agreed to send me it for review, I thought it sounded amazing, I was not wrong. I mean wow, this book! This story messes with your mind. It started a little slow and very confusing but as we got further into the story I was just drawn in. I needed this mystery to be solved. I loved the futuristic element to the story, but also that it didn't play on that too much, it was first and foremost a very compelling mystery.The relationship betw When I first requested this book from Netgalley, who kindly agreed to send me it for review, I thought it sounded amazing, I was not wrong. I mean wow, this book! This story messes with your mind. It started a little slow and very confusing but as we got further into the story I was just drawn in. I needed this mystery to be solved. I loved the futuristic element to the story, but also that it didn't play on that too much, it was first and foremost a very compelling mystery.The relationship between the two sisters was complex and at times a little frightening, I didnt know who's side I was on.I personally had never heard of this author before but after reading this one I'll definitely be picking up more of her work.
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  • Lovely Loveday
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed reading this suspenseful science fiction novel. It is one that I could not put down! This fast pace read will make you question your every move and every conversation you have. When computers take over your every thought trouble and drama are bound to happen. This novel takes you an a roller coaster ride of thrilling suspense that is perfect for this time of year. A great book to read while snuggling in bed with a hot cup of tea and the lights on. Overall, a remarkable read fro I really enjoyed reading this suspenseful science fiction novel. It is one that I could not put down! This fast pace read will make you question your every move and every conversation you have. When computers take over your every thought trouble and drama are bound to happen. This novel takes you an a roller coaster ride of thrilling suspense that is perfect for this time of year. A great book to read while snuggling in bed with a hot cup of tea and the lights on. Overall, a remarkable read from a truly creative writer that I look forward to reading more from.
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  • Jessica Kocan
    January 1, 1970
    This book!! When I requested it on netgalley I thought the description was interesting so after I was approved I quickly downloaded it and started reading right away. I thought the beginning of the book was ok, then it started to annoy me, and then all of the sudden it was like BOOM and everything started happening. So many twists and turns plus I'm a sucker for a mystery,and the end.... I definitely recommend this book to people who like mysteries, but if you don't like death or negativity I su This book!! When I requested it on netgalley I thought the description was interesting so after I was approved I quickly downloaded it and started reading right away. I thought the beginning of the book was ok, then it started to annoy me, and then all of the sudden it was like BOOM and everything started happening. So many twists and turns plus I'm a sucker for a mystery,and the end.... I definitely recommend this book to people who like mysteries, but if you don't like death or negativity I suggest not reading it.
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  • Valentine
    January 1, 1970
    I recently ordered a bunch of new books, and I had to get this one. It was in my to-read list for what feels like ages. The story looked so different and original, incredibly dark and twisted, and that eerie cover immediately made me fall for it.Except the book itself was nothing like that, and I'm terribly disappointed about it. I don't have much to say about it, as it left me too cold and detached to have real, strong feelings about it.First, the book in its little 300 pages, feels incredibly I recently ordered a bunch of new books, and I had to get this one. It was in my to-read list for what feels like ages. The story looked so different and original, incredibly dark and twisted, and that eerie cover immediately made me fall for it.Except the book itself was nothing like that, and I'm terribly disappointed about it. I don't have much to say about it, as it left me too cold and detached to have real, strong feelings about it.First, the book in its little 300 pages, feels incredibly long. The story is stretched and stretched and you keep waiting for interesting things to happen. And they never come. The whole book is centered on Cora and Rafiq searching for clues on Hannah's death, but nothing is happening. Just nothing! You only get the revelation like 20 pages from the end, and I don't know if it was meant to be a shock, but I barely blinked at it. It all flows like a steady river and even the main surprise of the story feels dull. Hell, even the characters don't really react to it, and the ending is completely rushed, wrapped up in a few sentences, leaving you with a hundred questions. In the wrong way, where you feel like the author didn't know how to answer them.The characters were also a huge problem to me. They're all numb and cold, not really developed. They feel like complete strangers, or robots and you never seem to get close to them. They don't feel very real, in the end. And when they seem to have some emotions, it's only incredibly annoying. Cora is almost unbearable to follow, always getting angry at everything without reason. To me, it seemed obvious she was mentally ill, but it's never developed in the book? And my God, what kind of parents refuse to seek any treatment for their children?!And as if it wasn't enough, the romance is cringe-worthy. (view spoiler)[ Insta-love at its best, Cora falls for Rafiq's so, so handsome face and body, and well, pretty much nothing more. She doesn't seem to be interested in anything, and she keeps reminding the reader how pretty and how handsome he is every two pages. The fact he is basically a robot unsettled me but I was so annoyed with the whole thing I looked over that. What rather bothered me was the fact Gary, Cora's stepdad, told Rafiq he could do anything to get Cora's footage, including getting physically intimate with her. What kind of twisted bullshit is that?! (hide spoiler)]So yes, this book was a real disappointment, too long and empty for my taste. I wished it had been more alive and interesting, because the story itself could have been so, so great.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    ***ARC provided by publishers via Netgalley in exchange of honest review***I thought that I had this book all figured out after only reading the blurb about the book. I wanted to read it to see if I got it right and was interested in reading a sci-fi thriller. I think that the author was very creative in her approach to this genre. Even hours after finishing this book, I have been able to think of more things that were subtly creative about it. I think that other readers will be able to enjoy t ***ARC provided by publishers via Netgalley in exchange of honest review***I thought that I had this book all figured out after only reading the blurb about the book. I wanted to read it to see if I got it right and was interested in reading a sci-fi thriller. I think that the author was very creative in her approach to this genre. Even hours after finishing this book, I have been able to think of more things that were subtly creative about it. I think that other readers will be able to enjoy the title of the book more so after reading it. I wasn't sure that I understood the title before I read the book. It made me think of the resemblance of one object or person to another but it is supposed to represent so much more than that.I loved how the author revealed the personalities of the main characters throughout the book. It was interesting to see all the layers that there were to each of them especially Cora and Hannah. I appreciated the depth that the author was able to reveal with her style of writing by revealing aspects of the characters at a slower pace than other books. I felt as if I was not only trying to solve the mystery of what happened on the night of Hannah's death but also who each of the characters really were. I felt like every person in this book was hiding something whether it was a huge secret or something smaller. It was hard to know who to trust.The points of view were interesting with each voice being unique and presenting challenges and questions for the reader to ponder. I thought that the AI counselor in particular was a great addition to the book. I've never read a point of view quite like his before. He was very informative regarding the mystery and was lacking in emotion but at the same time not. It is hard to explain unless you read the book. I wish that the author would have explained the technology and setting more fully in the beginning of the book. I had trouble understanding exactly what the purpose of Cerepins were. Is it like a phone? A computer? What are cannies? Are they security guard robots? Other than the lack of explanation, I thought that the beginning of the book started out well with the main character Cora beginning her path of self destruction although the author hints that other things have happened before the events at the beginning if the book. The author does eventually explain all of these questions and more throughout the course the book. I would have liked to have been able to understand them quicker so that I could dwell on other aspects of the book sooner. https://fictionedtodeath.blogspot.com...
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  • Gaynor
    January 1, 1970
    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Uncanny is the story of Cora and how she has to both come to terms with the death of her stepsister and the fact that she was the only person with her when she died under suspicious circumstances. In a future world where everything is recorded and mainstreamed the events of that night are nowhere to be found. With Cora unravelling under the pressure of blame it is up to those around her to both protect and ex I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Uncanny is the story of Cora and how she has to both come to terms with the death of her stepsister and the fact that she was the only person with her when she died under suspicious circumstances. In a future world where everything is recorded and mainstreamed the events of that night are nowhere to be found. With Cora unravelling under the pressure of blame it is up to those around her to both protect and exonerate her, even if that comes from the most unusual of sources.Uncanny covers a lot of difficult themes, I was reminded a lot about 13 Reasons Why with the passive aggressive bullying suffered by Cora and the attempts at humiliation and playing on fragile mental health. Cora is a very broken young girl, thrown into a world of excess and struggles to keep her head above water, never fitting in with the popular crowd her new sister inhabits. Our smartphones scarily have become part of us, installed in our heads, never being able to escape the constant messages, video feeds and recordings. AI is all around, ready to catch the parts that you don’t want others to see, which makes the journey to uncover Hannah’s murderer all the more difficult when this failsafe apparently fails.The story plays out in 2 POV’s, Cora’s and then also a retrospective with different video clips being reviewed of Cora and her step sister Hannah’s interactions. It’s these retrospectives which I struggled with at the start. The flow of them didn’t really work for me, there was no change in font or formatting to indicate video clip conversation versus the inner narrative of the person viewing the video file and I often found myself reading in Cora’s voice when I shouldn’t have been. That being said as new characters were introduced and clips starting catching up to present day, I found the voice that I needed to differentiate. I did find Uncanny very difficult in the start, if it wasn’t for the fact I had committed to a review I probably would have put it down before I got to the good stuff. I’m glad I did persevere though as I did find it quite the page turner at the end as it became an intense murder mystery thriller, with some very shocking twists.
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  • Mallory
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was so good! So it takes place in the future and a lot of the story revolves around future tech and AI. There's a lot about privacy (or lack thereof) and ethics revolving around the advanced technology used (which is pretty interesting in itself, for me anyway). Everyone who isn't AI in this story essentially has a smartphone built into the side of their head (what they refer to as a Cerepin). The stor I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was so good! So it takes place in the future and a lot of the story revolves around future tech and AI. There's a lot about privacy (or lack thereof) and ethics revolving around the advanced technology used (which is pretty interesting in itself, for me anyway). Everyone who isn't AI in this story essentially has a smartphone built into the side of their head (what they refer to as a Cerepin). The story is all about a slightly disturbed girl with some mental health issues (who was so well written) and her relationship with her step-sister and how her step-sister ended up dead. It told in alternating narratives (Cora, the girl mentioned above and a mystery narrator--don't want to give anything away!). There are so many twists in this book, literally up until the last page. You think you have it figured out like four times during the story, but you don't. Just when you start to root for a character, or despise a character, something happens and your opinion changes. Mini-spoiler (maybe?) warning: you won't get the neat little happy ending you think you want with this one, but the ending is so good you will find yourself okay with it, even if it's a little bit disturbing. In summary: this is a must read! You won't regret it.
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  • Vicki Ramirez
    January 1, 1970
    With a title like Uncanny, I wasn't sure what to expect from this new book by author Sarah Fine. I have enjoyed her previous series and looked forward to new things from her. This book is a great addition to her already great storytelling. Uncanny is the story of Cora, a teenager who is found home alone with her Stepsister, Hannah. The only problem is Hannah is dead, and Cora can't remember what happened that night. The interesting part of this book, is how the story is told. In Cora and Hannah' With a title like Uncanny, I wasn't sure what to expect from this new book by author Sarah Fine. I have enjoyed her previous series and looked forward to new things from her. This book is a great addition to her already great storytelling. Uncanny is the story of Cora, a teenager who is found home alone with her Stepsister, Hannah. The only problem is Hannah is dead, and Cora can't remember what happened that night. The interesting part of this book, is how the story is told. In Cora and Hannah's world. Artificial Intelligence (aka Canny) is a standard of life. The house has AI. The house staff are all AI. And AI watches everything...unless it's been manually turned off by two teenage girls left home alone. The story unfolds via a series of videos recorded via the girls, and the house, and friends video feeds. What unfolds will leave you guessing as to what is going on, and cringing, and feeling a myriad of emotions toward the family living in the house. Wirl wind. Roller Coaster. Mind boggling. Those words all come to mind to describe this book. After the last page was read, I still sat there thinking through all the plot twists and general storyline still just gaping over how things play out. So check it out and see for yourself. If you love a good, make you think kind of book, you'll really love this one.
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  • Charlotte Burns
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this one up second and was so gripped I read it until the early hours of the morning with no respect whatsoever for having to get up early for work. The opening just made me want to know everything, immediately.The technology in Uncanny is really advanced and intrusive. People have implants that they carry around streaming "feeds" into their eyes, they can record anything they want, and their houses monitor their every move, unless you can override them. The novel is in part a commentar I picked this one up second and was so gripped I read it until the early hours of the morning with no respect whatsoever for having to get up early for work. The opening just made me want to know everything, immediately.The technology in Uncanny is really advanced and intrusive. People have implants that they carry around streaming "feeds" into their eyes, they can record anything they want, and their houses monitor their every move, unless you can override them. The novel is in part a commentary on privacy in a tech-heavy world. There are AI characters, most notably Cora's therapist Rafiq, but they are also an integral part of society in schools, medical care and the police, and Sarah addresses the concept of free will for AI beings. It is fascinating.Uncanny opens with us knowing Hannah is dead. Initially the details of this are relayed through reports from the technology, and this is somehow more haunting than it would otherwise be: the technology is more distant, it can't tell which details are relevant and which aren't, the information given is cold and clinical. Cora, Hannah's sister, is implicated in her murder: both girls had their feeds switched off and the house security system, Franka, was disabled. Cora claims to remember nothing, but may not be telling the truth. She is being more closely monitored than normal by her family in the hope that memories resurface or some footage is found.Uncanny is a fantastic novel that kept me hooked and guessing until the end. And that ending was like a punch to the gut. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone with an interest in tech or a love of thriller / crime novels.
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  • Krizelle
    January 1, 1970
    *I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review.* When I started this book, I really didn’t like it. It had started very interesting but within the next dozen pages Cora just started to get so irritating and all she did was complain. During this time I also thought I had the whole story figured out. It seemed pretty obvious to me what was going to happen. I have never been more wrong in my life. Soon things started to become way more complex than I expected and even though Cora still anno *I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review.* When I started this book, I really didn’t like it. It had started very interesting but within the next dozen pages Cora just started to get so irritating and all she did was complain. During this time I also thought I had the whole story figured out. It seemed pretty obvious to me what was going to happen. I have never been more wrong in my life. Soon things started to become way more complex than I expected and even though Cora still annoyed me at times, I started to see why she acted as she did. Nothing is as it seems with this story and it’s also dark. Darker than I expected but I loved it. Things get revealed the more you read and you stay completely hooked. One minute I was rooting for Hannah and the next I was rooting for Cora, wait no maybe I’m team Mom now?? The ending had my jaw drop to the floor. Even as I was learning more about everyone I couldn’t tell who was in the right or wrong; this psychological mystery really gets you thinking. This book is that one roller coaster your friends tell you to try because it’s intense but so worth it. Definitely a 5 star read for me!
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  • Kristen Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    What a wild, crazy ride Uncanny takes readers on. After reading the synopsis, it's clear that there's a mystery on hand - what happened the night Hannah died and why doesn't Cora remember any of it. We dive immediately into the story on page one, with Cora struggling to make sense of what happened when her memory is gone. She knows bits and pieces from what others have told her, but she lacks crucial memories and its making her question everything. With her family pushing her to remember the det What a wild, crazy ride Uncanny takes readers on. After reading the synopsis, it's clear that there's a mystery on hand - what happened the night Hannah died and why doesn't Cora remember any of it. We dive immediately into the story on page one, with Cora struggling to make sense of what happened when her memory is gone. She knows bits and pieces from what others have told her, but she lacks crucial memories and its making her question everything. With her family pushing her to remember the details, and her own mind seemingly turning agains her, Cora tries to piece everything together - but while she's adding two and two, she's not getting four and she's starting to wonder just what her own mind is hiding from her. Uncanny has many twists and turns, showing us moments from the past leading us up to the memories of that fatal night - only things aren't always what they seem. For some characters - there is plenty of secrets and lots to hide. This story is about so much more than a mystery, filled with questions and details leading you one direction while showing you something else. When the truth comes out - who will be left standing?
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  • Kristine
    January 1, 1970
    Uncanny by Sarah Fine is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early October.A YA uncertain-future where you can't quite trust anyone, not even your household AI or 24-hour ocular communicator. In a kind of Dawn & Mary Anne from Babysitter's Club way, Cora's mother and Hannah's father marry and settle into an opulent lifestyle, but with an underlying tension of distrust, suppressed anxiety, and non-confrontational argument styles. It's even more unusual that Hannah is found dead under circum Uncanny by Sarah Fine is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early October.A YA uncertain-future where you can't quite trust anyone, not even your household AI or 24-hour ocular communicator. In a kind of Dawn & Mary Anne from Babysitter's Club way, Cora's mother and Hannah's father marry and settle into an opulent lifestyle, but with an underlying tension of distrust, suppressed anxiety, and non-confrontational argument styles. It's even more unusual that Hannah is found dead under circumstances so mysterious that not even their home's automated butler, chef, or Hannah's Cerepin Google-Glass-like device can figure it out. This automatically puts Cora under suspicion and under the supervision of Rafiq, an android mental health counselor, until the surveillance backlogs and daily reports come back to either clear Cora's name and sanity or doom her as the prime suspect. Although this book was quite YA (turmoilsome and uncertain), it really reminded me of a psych thriller film, like Marnie or Vertigo.
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  • Mrs. Kenyon
    January 1, 1970
    Cora does not remember what happened the night her step sister fell down a flight of stairs and died. She knows that it might have been recorded by her Cerepin, but she is afraid that she may have been at fault. Cora’s step father hires an AI counselor to help her deal with her grief and hopefully assist her in recovering her lost memories. As she begins to remember snippets of her past and tries to work up the courage to watch the vid, Cora uncovers scary truths about herself and those around h Cora does not remember what happened the night her step sister fell down a flight of stairs and died. She knows that it might have been recorded by her Cerepin, but she is afraid that she may have been at fault. Cora’s step father hires an AI counselor to help her deal with her grief and hopefully assist her in recovering her lost memories. As she begins to remember snippets of her past and tries to work up the courage to watch the vid, Cora uncovers scary truths about herself and those around her.Uncanny is a stand-alone science fiction story that is refreshingly different. What would the world be like if people were constantly recording events around them? Who could you trust? Fine has created a world that is filled with a variety of automatons and readers will enjoy the experience of exploring this different society. The storyline twists and turns as the pages almost turn themselves. Uncanny is a good escape with an unexpected conclusion.
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  • Darryn
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.What a hard book to review. I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I started this book. I had no idea it would be so dark and vivid and so...disconcerting. Maybe it's because the world described is so cold and the only warmth that is described is through the eyes of an AI. Or that almost all the characters are not what they seem. This book made me want to go out in the sunshine. I wanted to go somewhere crowded, with p I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.What a hard book to review. I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I started this book. I had no idea it would be so dark and vivid and so...disconcerting. Maybe it's because the world described is so cold and the only warmth that is described is through the eyes of an AI. Or that almost all the characters are not what they seem. This book made me want to go out in the sunshine. I wanted to go somewhere crowded, with people, just to feel life around me. The world was so sterile and yet beautiful at the same time. It questions what it means to be human and have free will, showing the good, and the bad, that is done with it.
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  • Deb
    January 1, 1970
    Implanted communication has been being perfected since before 2015 so that was not unbelievable Having the ability to be traced is disconcerting but not unbelievable as the government has the capability of that now. I liked the canny being able to have free will and choosing his manner of death and believe robots of that sort is our future. His part in the book was also unexpected. The ending of the last few pages did surprise me and that rarely happens and was one of the best parts of the book. Implanted communication has been being perfected since before 2015 so that was not unbelievable Having the ability to be traced is disconcerting but not unbelievable as the government has the capability of that now. I liked the canny being able to have free will and choosing his manner of death and believe robots of that sort is our future. His part in the book was also unexpected. The ending of the last few pages did surprise me and that rarely happens and was one of the best parts of the book. This book was one that I dreaded reading to give an honest review. It was well written, interesting, and something was always happening to keep me turning the page. Don't want to put spoilers here. I won this Kindle addition for my honest review.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book. I am giving an honest review in exchange.I was so excited to see this book on Netgalley. I really like Sarah Fine and have enjoyed her other series. Uncanny took me a little by surprise. At first, I thought "this is not for me", but I kept reading and next thing I knew I had read the whole book. Cora is a unexpectedly difficult character to like. She is so unsure of herself, but that became what I liked about her throu Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book. I am giving an honest review in exchange.I was so excited to see this book on Netgalley. I really like Sarah Fine and have enjoyed her other series. Uncanny took me a little by surprise. At first, I thought "this is not for me", but I kept reading and next thing I knew I had read the whole book. Cora is a unexpectedly difficult character to like. She is so unsure of herself, but that became what I liked about her throughout the book. Sarah Fine has brought an unexpected and captivating young adult novel to readers. I will be recommending this book to many of the YA readers I know.
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  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .
    January 1, 1970
    "Two sisters. One death. No memories."In a world where AI is in effect and your every moment is being recorded. How is it that a memory goes blank? One good sister. One sister that was less. A set of parents that seem more distant than loving. Murder/Death mystery. YA Fantasy with a touch of futuristic technology. This type of read can be beyond my scope of involvement and this one kept me on to the end. Unanny was a dark, emotional, mystery, that has it drama and twist. Cora has this one to wor "Two sisters. One death. No memories."In a world where AI is in effect and your every moment is being recorded. How is it that a memory goes blank? One good sister. One sister that was less. A set of parents that seem more distant than loving. Murder/Death mystery. YA Fantasy with a touch of futuristic technology. This type of read can be beyond my scope of involvement and this one kept me on to the end. Unanny was a dark, emotional, mystery, that has it drama and twist. Cora has this one to work out on her own or does she? She may find help in the most unlikely of places. In to mystery, sci-fi, ya, with drama, then pick up Uncanny.
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  • Laurie Beemer
    January 1, 1970
    This book took me through the ringer. I honestly wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did, not because it did not sound awesome but because I have never read a book like this before. I was blown away by the idea behind this book and the emotions that I was going through reading this was intense. I was not really sure who I should be rooting for Hannah or Cora? mom or dad? The way this story played out was such a twist and turn through the pages that I was not ready for it to end. Wha This book took me through the ringer. I honestly wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did, not because it did not sound awesome but because I have never read a book like this before. I was blown away by the idea behind this book and the emotions that I was going through reading this was intense. I was not really sure who I should be rooting for Hannah or Cora? mom or dad? The way this story played out was such a twist and turn through the pages that I was not ready for it to end. What an amazing job Sarah Fine. Thank you NetGalley and Sarah Fine for allowing me to read and give an honest review of this book.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    ***I won this book via the Goodreads Giveaway program. This has not influenced my review.***This is a fantastic YA science fiction mystery novel! I loved everything about it. The characters are all deliciously unreliable but likable. The plot is intense and believable. The whodunnit is creative and has a few great twists. I really enjoyed the futuristic elements. I had a hard time forcing myself to stop reading and go to bed! I just wanted to keep reading and reading!This would be a a fun book f ***I won this book via the Goodreads Giveaway program. This has not influenced my review.***This is a fantastic YA science fiction mystery novel! I loved everything about it. The characters are all deliciously unreliable but likable. The plot is intense and believable. The whodunnit is creative and has a few great twists. I really enjoyed the futuristic elements. I had a hard time forcing myself to stop reading and go to bed! I just wanted to keep reading and reading!This would be a a fun book for a young adult book club, but it is equally entertaining for adults.
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  • Leila
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent bookWow, I really do enjoy Sarah Fine's works. This book was a wonderful dive into her experience as in psychology and demonstrative of her sheer knowledge of the science. Her writing of the main character is expertly done with regard to a child that experiences abuse, anxiety, and is socially atypical with severe trust issues. Highly intelligent writing and careful prose. Highly recommend.
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  • Debbie Ballard
    January 1, 1970
    I loved reading the amazing and engaging suspense novel by the fabulously talented Sarah Fine. Cora's stepsister, Hannah, has died, and Cora cannot remember the events leading up to her death. Cora had always tried to keep to herself and did not want a stepsister but seems to remember times when Hannah trying to include her and saying unkind words to her. Read the highly recommended, wonderfully written story full of mystery and intrigue.
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  • Tia
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing!Where to start? Where nothing is as it seems? The failures of the characters? Even though I grasped the subtle clues, I was thrilled with how well written, creative, and masterfully put together this story is. The way the pieces a Fed to the reader is so carefully selected and engineered that although you know, you recognize that you may not. Excellent Read. It also provokes some interesting foreshadowing of our own future and laws we may have.
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  • Dee Cherry
    January 1, 1970
    I came across this book as a recommendation from kindle. 1st read by this author. I found the concept quite interesting from the Artificial Intelligence standpoint. The storyline kept me reading as I wondered how Hannah's misfortune occurred. Good build-up for I was amazed once I found out what happened. Enjoyed suspense & story.
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  • Sheila Arroyo
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book.I was really into the story it was very interesting the twist at the in the middle and end were unexpected . If it were not for my lack of time I think I would have finished it in one day. The story grabbed me from the start to the end and I would really recommend it.
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