Anyone
Charles Soule brings his signature knowledge—and wariness--of technology to his sophomore novel set in a realistic future about a brilliant female scientist who creates a technology that allows for the transfer of human consciousness between bodies, and the transformations this process wreaks upon the world.Inside a barn in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a scientist searching for an Alzheimer’s cure throws a switch—and finds herself mysteriously transported into her husband’s body. What begins as a botched experiment will change her life—and the world—forever…Over two decades later, all across the planet, “flash” technology allows individuals the ability to transfer their consciousness into other bodies for specified periods, paid, registered and legal. Society has been utterly transformed by the process, from travel to warfare to entertainment; “Be anyone with Anyone” the tagline of the company offering this ultimate out-of-body experience. But beyond the reach of the law and government regulators is a sordid black market called the darkshare, where desperate “vessels” anonymously rent out their bodies, no questions asked for any purpose - sex, drugs, crime... or worse.Anyone masterfully interweaves the present-day story of the discovery and development of the flash with the gritty tale of one woman’s crusade to put an end to the darkness it has brought to the world twenty-five years after its creation. Like Blade Runner crossed with Get Out, Charles Soule’s thought-provoking work of speculative fiction takes us to a world where identity, morality, and technology collide.

Anyone Details

TitleAnyone
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 3rd, 2019
PublisherHarper Perennial
ISBN-139780062890634
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, Adult Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy, Contemporary, Adult, Mystery Thriller

Anyone Review

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    January 1, 1970
    Whose mind is using that body?Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:Gabriella White, a brilliant neurologist and scientist who’s searching for a cure to Alzheimer’s, is at the very end of the funding for her research project. In her frustration, she recklessly pushes the power for her lab equipment, a neural stimulation system, to the maximum … and accidentally finds herself in her husband Paul’s body in their nearby house, holding their beloved 11-month-old daughter, who they call Whose mind is using that body?Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:Gabriella White, a brilliant neurologist and scientist who’s searching for a cure to Alzheimer’s, is at the very end of the funding for her research project. In her frustration, she recklessly pushes the power for her lab equipment, a neural stimulation system, to the maximum … and accidentally finds herself in her husband Paul’s body in their nearby house, holding their beloved 11-month-old daughter, who they call Kat or Kitten. Shocked, Gabby drops Kat back into her crib and runs back to the lab, where she finds her own body in a comatose state. She’s not at all sure whether she’ll be able to switch her consciousness from Paul’s body back to hers.In the very next chapter, it’s twenty-five years later, and it’s clear that Gabby’s botched experiment, now called “flash” technology, has completely transformed our world, in both good ways and bad. When a flash takes place, the flasher’s original body is unresponsive and the flashee’s mind essentially checks out completely during the entire time the flash is taking place, and has no recollection of any events that happened while the other person’s mind was controlling their body. A young woman named Annami is venturing into the illegal world of darkshare, where you let an anonymous person renting your body for a period of time in exchange for a cash payment. Annami knows that the person renting her body can use it for almost anything — sex, crimes, even murder — the only limitation being that if her body is killed, the person whose mind is in her body will also die. It’s one of the two immutable Rules of flashing (the other is that your mind always needs to return to your original body before jumping to a new body).Annami is driven by a compelling need to earn a massive sum of money quickly for a secret purpose. At the same time, she’s hiding from a gang led by a man called Bleeder, who have been searching for her for several years. To make matters worse, Annami’s first darkshare goes south in a big way: instead of her body being returned to the den where she started, she wakes up in a strange room soaked in blood, next to a dead body, with a killer in the process of breaking into the room to take her out.Anyoneis the second novel by Charles Soule, a comic book writer whose first novel, The Oracle Year, also featured a fascinating science fiction premise, a suspenseful plot, and a brisk pace. Anyone is a dual timeline novel that shifts between Gabby’s story in our present day and Annami’s in the future (eventually, of course, the loop is closed and the threads converge). Under the contract she signed, any invention Gabby comes up with is owned by Gray Hendricks, the private investor (read: ver y rich loan shark) who funded her research, but Gabby completely mistrusts what Hendricks will do with her invention if he finds out about it. So she lies about what she’s found to her manager at Hendricks Capital, trying to hide her invention, but it’s clear that somewhere between now and twenty-five years from now, something goes wrong with Gabby’s plan. As a result, reading Gabby’s part of the plot felt very much like waiting for the other shoe to drop.Like Blake Crouch’s Recursion, Anyone is a suspenseful SF thriller about a mind-altering, world-changing technology, with lots of twists and turns in the plot. Anyone does lag somewhat in the middle, but overall it’s an exciting story that sucked me in for an entire evening and into the late night, until I was finished with the book. The characterization felt more successful than in The Oracle Year, although Soule still has a penchant for greedy, soulless villains. Anyone also contains more significant racial and sexual diversity; it feels natural and melds well with the plot (which isn’t always the case). My main complaint is that Anyone didn’t quite stick the ending, which is abrupt and has some major logical holes in it.Anyone has a deeper side as well, exploring themes like privacy, greed, and individual identity. Soule also put some serious thought into how this flash technology might change our world: migrant work, surgery and military operations are transformed by the ability to put an expert into someone else’s body on the other side of the world; people rent celebrities’ bodies for a brief thrill; and it’s easy to take a vacation in a distant land in someone else’s body. There’s also the dark underbelly: international prostitution is made ridiculously easy, darksharing is another form of selling yourself, and there’s the lurking risk of body-snatching (both temporary and permanent).Soule asserts that there have been positive effects on our world as well, like correcting climate change, but never really explains how that particular phenomenon occurred. I did really enjoy a brief segue into how the world of sports is transformed by the ability to feature exhibition matches between old, retired superstars who are playing their sport in a younger athlete’s body.Overall, Anyone is an intense and absorbing techno-thriller that balances oppression and darkness with sympathetic main characters and a hopeful outlook.I received an ARC of Anyone from HarperCollins and Wunderkind PR for review. Thanks so much!
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Heather at Harper Perrenial for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewThis book was one of my least favorites of 2019. See the rest on my video, The WORST Books of 2019! ------------------- Be anyone with Anyone! This book started strong, with perfect pacing but, around the twenty-five percent mark, something just snapped. The plot clumsily tripped on its own feet--And fell flat to the ground, losing my interest in mere pages. I desperately clung to any interesting Many thanks to Heather at Harper Perrenial for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewThis book was one of my least favorites of 2019. See the rest on my video, The WORST Books of 2019! ☕☕------------------- Be anyone with Anyone! This book started strong, with perfect pacing but, around the twenty-five percent mark, something just snapped. The plot clumsily tripped on its own feet--And fell flat to the ground, losing my interest in mere pages. I desperately clung to any interesting bits because I didn’t want to DNF this, especially because I DNF-ed Soule’s other book. But I hung on and I am (kind of) glad I did. So, what’s this book about? One fateful day, Gabby White flips a switch, a simple action that would change the world as we knew it. A bright flash of light later, Gabby finds herself transported into her husband’s body. What started as a big oopsie will soon become revolutionary technology that some will do anything to get their hands on. Twenty years later, the Flash has taken over the world with almost everyone using it and those who won’t or can’t being dubbed “The Dulls”. People can now switch bodies or rent out there own for anything and everything from sex, drugs, and crime to much more nefarious deeds. We follow Gabby, her husband Paul, and their daughter in the past as they fight for the rights to Gabby’s accidental breakthrough. And we follow Anamni Anahmi?. F**k it. I don’t remember her name and I don’t have my ARC with me (i’m writing this at Starbucks) so let’s just call her A. We follow A, who participates in a black market version of the Flash which is called Darkshare. I got very attached to Gabby and Paul. Mainly Paul, who made it onto my fictional crushes. I don’t claim to know why my brain crushes on who it crushes on. mOvInG oN! As I said, I got very attached to the Gabby/Paul plotline while I could not find a single f**k to give about A’s plotline. So much so that I skimmed all the A chapters. Now, I do want to note that the ending was superb. Had the whole book been like the ending, it would have earned a solid five-star rating. The ending did such an incredible job of wrapping everything up in a presentable and alluring bow. Unfortunately, pretty packaging doesn’t make up for a crappy gift. Overall, the first and last five percent of this book was splendid and the science fiction was extremely creative and astounding. Unfortunately, this book also suffers from a nasty case of “Saggy Middle Syndrome”. The middle would warrant a one-star rating but the beginning and end would warrant a five-star rating. And so, the obvious choice is a solid three stars. Better luck next time, Charles Soule. I believe in you! Bottom Line:3 StarsAge Rating: [ R ]Content Screening (Spoilers) - Educational Value (0/0) ~ Positive Messages (1/5) - [Some positive role models, but they have very limited page time.] ~ Violence (5/5) - [Murder, gore, fights, body horror] ~ Sex (4/5) - [Bodies are rented out for sexual activity] ~ Language (4/5) - [F**k, sh*t, b*tch, d*mn] ~ Drinking/Drugs (4/5) - [Painkillers, alcohol]Trigger and Content Warning - Loss of a loved one, Seizures, Concussions, PTSD, Anxiety, Murder, RacismReps: [Female inventor (kind of?)]Cover: 4/5 ~ Plot: 2/5 ~ Characters: 4/5 ~ Publication Date: December 3rd, 2019Publisher: HarperCollinsGenre: Science Fiction/Thriller---------[9/24/2019] - I just noticed that my ARC cover is significantly a lighter blue than the Goodreads cover--------the ending was super twisty but unfortunately...| Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Reddit | Buy
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  • Sylvain Neuvel
    January 1, 1970
    Who would you be if you could be anyone? I can tell you I’d really like to be Charles Soule and have written this book. ANYONE is an intense, superbly crafted, edge of your seat thrill ride. I loved the execution: two slowly converging storylines that collide in the most spectacular way, not to mention the most dedicated, hardcore character I’ve read in a long, long time. You really want to read this one.
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  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    January 1, 1970
    This is the sort of mind-blowing, thought-provoking thriller that will not only have you on the edge of your seat, it will have you thinking in a very different way about our identities and what makes us who we are. This is truly one of the best books of 2019 in my opinion, and I’m referring to all genre!! I have been recommending this and buying copies for everyone I can think of, because it is a rare blend of socially impactful and truly outstanding fiction.The story weaves back and forth This is the sort of mind-blowing, thought-provoking thriller that will not only have you on the edge of your seat, it will have you thinking in a very different way about our identities and what makes us who we are. This is truly one of the best books of 2019 in my opinion, and I’m referring to all genre!! I have been recommending this and buying copies for everyone I can think of, because it is a rare blend of socially impactful and truly outstanding fiction.The story weaves back and forth between two narratives—the story of a scientist named Gabby who accidentally invented the Flash, and the story a few decades later of a mysterious young woman named Annami who is on a covert mission to reveal the dark underbelly of the technology and hopefully put a stop to it. I found both narratives equally compelling to read, though Annami’s is a bit more action-packed, and Gabby’s is more intellectually driven (at first).When Gabby is seeking a cure for Alzheimer’s and accidentally flashes herself temporarily into her husband’s body, she is torn between the terror of finding herself in another person, and the scientific curiosity of what this discovery could mean. One aspect to Gabby’s character that is particularly relevant is that she is a black woman, and because of that, Gabby’s mind instantly goes to the social implications of this discovery: is it harder to hate someone for outward characteristics if anyone could be behind the physical façade? Could this technology reduce racism and classism? Could it make people more tolerant?A few decades later and we see what the Flash has become. Regulated and legal now, there are two foundational rules about the Flash: 1. A person has to return to their host body before flashing to a new vessel (no flashing between vessels); 2. If one dies, both die (when you are in another body, if either your body or the one you are in dies, both of you die). These are paramount to maintaining order with the Flash, and preventing people from using it for bad reasons.But as Annami shows us, there is a very dark side to the Flash. A sort of underground lawless market where someone for a price can use a body anonymously for any purpose they choose. And as we learn, there may be even worse things happening than that. Annami is on a mission to expose the problems with the technology, but to do so she needs to make money and fast. So she begins to rent her body out on the darkshare…There are so many fascinating and dark characters in this book! From the woman who runs the darkshare location that Annami is using, to the financer of Gabby’s research, and a bunch of others who I won’t name because I don’t want to spoil it!This book was truly un-put-down-able and definitely one of the best books I read this year. Thought-provoking, edge of your seat, thrilling concept, and excellent execution! Thank you to Harper Perennial for my copy. Opinions are my own.
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  • Karen’s Library
    January 1, 1970
    Charles Soule outdid himself with his new techno thriller and I was completely hooked from the very first chapter. I had a pretty major book hangover when I finished and couldn’t get the story out of my head for a few days.Anyone switches back and forth between current day and 25 years in the future and focuses on tech that transfers consciousness into another human. The possibilities of what could happen using this kind of tech are endless and Soule hits on so many uses that made my head spin, Charles Soule outdid himself with his new techno thriller and I was completely hooked from the very first chapter. I had a pretty major book hangover when I finished and couldn’t get the story out of my head for a few days.Anyone switches back and forth between current day and 25 years in the future and focuses on tech that transfers consciousness into another human. The possibilities of what could happen using this kind of tech are endless and Soule hits on so many uses that made my head spin, both ethical and seriously non-ethical. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and just when I thought I had everything figured out, Soule would hit me with another crazy mind-blowing twist.This genre is one of my favorites and I was not disappointed. In fact, I’d put this book in the top 3 of my 2019 reads. I read and loved The Oracle Year, but Anyone definitely tops Soule’s first book. Well done!*Thank you so much to NetGalley and Harper Collins for the advance copy!*
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  • Toya
    January 1, 1970
    As soon as I found out that the main character was a female Ph.D. scientist, I needed a copy of Anyone like my life depended on it. And that synopsis? This girl was sold.Dr. Gabrielle “Gabby” White is a Ph.D./M.D. cognitive neurologist who is desperately trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Following the birth of her daughter Kat, Gabby decided to stay home and pursue her research by converting her barn into a state of the art lab, which is privately funded by Hendricks Capital while Paul As soon as I found out that the main character was a female Ph.D. scientist, I needed a copy of Anyone like my life depended on it. And that synopsis? This girl was sold.Dr. Gabrielle “Gabby” White is a Ph.D./M.D. cognitive neurologist who is desperately trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Following the birth of her daughter Kat, Gabby decided to stay home and pursue her research by converting her barn into a state of the art lab, which is privately funded by Hendricks Capital while Paul continues his tenure track position as a music composition professor. Gabby finally reaches her breaking point when the funds for her research is essentially depleted, and she has no groundbreaking results to show for. In a last ditch effort, she uses the last of the funds for one final experiment…one where she ends up transferring her consciousness to Paul and controlling his body. With this incredible breakthrough, Gabby must find a way to hone this technology as well as hide it from the greedy hands of Hendricks Capital.Fast forward 25 years, and the flash technology that Gabby developed has become ubiquitous in society. People can pay to transfer their consciousness to anyone at anytime, and it is 100% legal. As with all “good” things, the black market finds a way to exploit this technology by giving rise to darkshare dens. These are places where people can rent bodies for all matters of insidious activity…for a price, of course. "During that time, Annami would be unaware, and her rider could use her body for whatever he or she wanted, anything at all. Drugs, sex, crime…anything." – Anyone The chapters alternate between Gabby and the development of the flash technology and 25 years in the future, which follows our other main character, Annami. I was completely enthralled with Gabby’s timeline for constructing this technology and the science behind it. I’ll be honest, I definitely had several science nerd moments. There were times that I could wholeheartedly relate to Gabby as a scientist who has been caught up in the grunt work of research and both the highs and lows that you experience. That being said, I also enjoyed Annami’s timeline and the consequences of the world that was forged following the implementation of the flash technology. We are always in search of cures to so many different ailments and diseases, but that future gives a glimpse of what could potentially happen when science crosses a line that society isn’t ready for.I absolutely tore through this book and read it in one sitting. The pacing of this story was spot on, and I honestly couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. This multifaceted story focuses on so many important topics such as race, identity, ethics, and morality; just to name a few. There were so many twists and turns throughout the story, and the way the two timelines come together was spectacular.Overall, Anyone is a masterfully written and compelling sci-fi thriller that takes you on a wild ride. I honestly can’t recommend this one enough! Thank you to Harper Perennial for providing an ARC for review. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own. 4.5 stars rounded up!
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  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    January 1, 1970
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/12/16/...Having very much enjoyed Charles Soule’s debut The Oracle Year, I simply could not wait to get my hands on his new novel, and I’m pleased to say I was impressed once again. Not only that, it appears he has outdone himself by writing something even more unique and mind-blowing, if you can believe it. Ratcheting up the excitement and knuckle-blanching action, Anyone is a relentless sci-fi thriller that would also make any 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/12/16/...Having very much enjoyed Charles Soule’s debut The Oracle Year, I simply could not wait to get my hands on his new novel, and I’m pleased to say I was impressed once again. Not only that, it appears he has outdone himself by writing something even more unique and mind-blowing, if you can believe it. Ratcheting up the excitement and knuckle-blanching action, Anyone is a relentless sci-fi thriller that would also make any fan of Blake Crouch or Black Mirror feel right at home.Told through multiple timelines, the story first takes us inside a barn in Ann Arbor, Michigan where brilliant neuroscientist Dr. Gabriella White is on the verge of a breakthrough in her Alzheimer’s research project. Unfortunately, her funding is also about to run out, leading Gabby to throw caution to the wind and risk it all in an act of desperation. To her horror, after experimenting with her equipment in a way she’s never had before, she finds her mind mysteriously transported into the body of her husband Paul. And thus, “flash technology” was born, a process which allows an individual to transfer their consciousness into another person’s body, a process which would change the world forever—for of course, no discovery this big can stay buried for long.In fact, its effects could be seen right away, as another timeline of the story takes us twenty-five years into the future and use of flash technology is rampant. Gabby’s original vision for her invention, which was to help society heal divides and increase equal opportunity, has largely been lost. Now anyone with enough money can rent a body for however long and whatever reason, and anything the law won’t allow can be circumvented in the thriving black market called the darkshare. So long as there’s demand, there is certainly no shortage of people offering up themselves as vessels for someone else’s “out of body” experience.One of these individuals is named Annami, a young woman who is willing to risk the darkshare if it means making money quickly. Everyone knows flash technology can be dangerous if you allow someone you don’t know to use your body. When a person flashes their mind into someone else, their own body lies in a dormant state. The person’s whose body is being occupied, on the other hand, their consciousness goes somewhere in limbo, in a process no one can really explain. Once they return to themselves, they have no recollection of the entire period their body was being occupied. Sadly, Annami learns this the hard way, when following her darkshare experience she awakens to the scene of a bloodbath, with no idea what her body had been used for.At first, it’s anyone’s guess what these two timelines have to do with each other. Gabby’s thread mainly deals with the origin of flash technology, and as you can imagine, that’s one journey fraught with peril and suspense. Not only is Gabby bewildered by her own invention, struggling to understand it through haphazard experimentation, she also gets in trouble with some powerful people by borrowing more money than she can pay back. I enjoyed her storyline so much, it was almost irritating the way the narrative kept bouncing back and forth between the present and the future, when all I wanted was to find out more about Gabby. Don’t get me wrong; Annami’s story was intriguing too in its own way, mainly because we got to see how life in the future has altered by flash technology. Not too surprisingly, there’s a lot of misuse and corruption, and Ammani’s world reminded very much of a Blade Runner style dystopian.Still, the complete lack of connection between the two timelines grated on my nerves—at least at first. But as the plot developed, as both threads starting coming together to form a bigger picture, that was when the real fun was unleashed. And that’s the genius behind this novel. It takes a bit of patience and commitment, but if you’re willing to give it the time it needs and watch it unfold, it will reward you in a big way. Even when you’re on alert for clues and you think you know where the story is going, you might be surprised. This one is full of unexpected twists and turns, and so much of what you read will floor you with its sheer imagination and creativity.Speaking of which, flash technology can be a bit confusing to grasp, and that might be my point of criticism. Much like in The Oracle Year, the concept behind of Anyone relies on the reader to suspend their disbelief and not ask too many questions, working best as “what-if” novel. If what you want are explanations based on hard science, this probably won’t be for you, but if you’re looking for a suspenseful, fast-paced sci-fi thriller with a unique and innovative premise, I think you’ll find this one will bend your brain nicely and get your pulse racing.Audiobook Comments: It seems like every other book I listen to these days is narrated by Emily Woo Zeller, but I’m certainly not complaining! I loved her voices for all the characters (especially since there was so much body swapping), and it was impressive the way she switched between Gabby and Annami’s parts, making the transitions seem smooth and natural. I’ll always be a big fan of her work, and I thought her performance in the Anyone audiobook was fantastic as always.
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  • PostHuman
    January 1, 1970
    Anyone is a dazzling technothriller romp into a near future world where anyone can become....well, anyone else. Driven, obsessive neuroscientist Gabrielle White has nearly exhausted her funding to research a potential Alzheimer's cure by manipulating neural signals with laser light patterns, when an accident sends her consciousness tumbling through the aether and directly into her husband's body. If only she can figure out how to get back to her own body and somehow bring this technology to the Anyone is a dazzling technothriller romp into a near future world where anyone can become....well, anyone else. Driven, obsessive neuroscientist Gabrielle White has nearly exhausted her funding to research a potential Alzheimer's cure by manipulating neural signals with laser light patterns, when an accident sends her consciousness tumbling through the aether and directly into her husband's body. If only she can figure out how to get back to her own body and somehow bring this technology to the masses, all the while keeping her discovery secret from the shady Detroit underworld figure who financed her research.The book intercuts between Gabby's struggles in the present and a dystopian 2040s New York where a young woman named Annami hustles up some cash renting out her body to anonymous strangers on the illegal "darkshare" market. In this world, nearly everyone spends part or most of their daily lives in someone else's body. Why fly anywhere when you can instantly "flash" into a waiting host who is already there? Take a nap while you rent out your body to workers from developing nations who put in an 8-hour shift and split the wages with you. Passports, immigration controls, biometrics, and identity theft etc have become somewhat obsolete concepts. The only way to prove your own identity is by memorizing verbal passphrases, which are also used to transact and buy stuff.This is the sort of novel that will have you reflecting on some of its intriguing concepts long after you finish reading. It calls to mind certain other extraordinary SF works like Kiln People. Soule's brisk and suspenseful prose kept me riveted all the way to the end, apart from a slow chapter that detoured into a contrived romance between Annami and Soro. Ultimately the ending worked for me, but I was hoping for a more outrageous twist...**SPOILER BELOW**.......(view spoiler)[I was hoping Gabrielle's obsession with sole control of her invention and justified anger with Gray Hendricks would lead her to take over his body and become Stephen Houser. This would have made the ending more satisfying. My mind would have been completely blown if Gabrielle ended up becoming the antagonist and Annami turned out to be either Gray Hendricks or her husband Paul living all those years in her daughter's body, disagreeing with the way Gabrielle was controlling the world. The "Kitten"/Anna reveal wasn't much of a twist. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI was hesitant to pick up Charles Soule's upcoming release, Anyone because I really didn't enjoy The Oracle last year. However, I heard nothing but fabulous things about this book so I decided I'd venture into Soule's world of writing one more time. Anyone takes place between two alternate timelines, following the creation of "the flash"—technology that allows its user to transfer their consciousness into another person's body, while the host's unconsciousness basically turns off. 3.5 starsI was hesitant to pick up Charles Soule's upcoming release, Anyone because I really didn't enjoy The Oracle last year. However, I heard nothing but fabulous things about this book so I decided I'd venture into Soule's world of writing one more time. Anyone takes place between two alternate timelines, following the creation of "the flash"—technology that allows its user to transfer their consciousness into another person's body, while the host's unconsciousness basically turns off. While the story was intriguing, the early timeline with the forging of this technology was a lot more compelling than the world after. Needless to say, that is my personal opinion and both timelines were still written masterfully. The journey in which the two timelines end up meeting together was a wild ride and it was also vastly original. I absolutely loved seeing how each moment unfolded as I turned the page. The action in this story is jam-packed and it includes a lot of interpersonal relationships. My main gripe about this story was that it was probably 100 pages too long. We start off very fast and fun, but it dips about halfway and gets a bit drawn out. If the story was tightened up a bit, this would've been a surefire five star read for me! Overall, Anyone is a fun science-fiction novel that will definitely entertain and draw crowds of fans. The way the story wrapped up was spectacular and unexpected! I think this book has also stapled Charles Soule as the next Blake Crouch of sci-fi thrillers. If you enjoyed Recursion, you'll enjoy Anyone .
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  • Hope
    January 1, 1970
    This sci-fi story, just published on 12/3 (get it immediately) should be voted BEST sci-fi/thriller of the year! I am even putting it above Recursion by Blake Crouch and I also loved that book! If you loved Recursion or Dark Matter, I think you should read this book immediately!!! One of my all-time favorite stories and here's why:I love the idea of being able to be "anyone" - and this book is set in a future where that can happen via transference of your "consciousness" into another body This sci-fi story, just published on 12/3 (get it immediately) should be voted BEST sci-fi/thriller of the year! I am even putting it above Recursion by Blake Crouch and I also loved that book! If you loved Recursion or Dark Matter, I think you should read this book immediately!!! One of my all-time favorite stories and here's why:I love the idea of being able to be "anyone" - and this book is set in a future where that can happen via transference of your "consciousness" into another body altogether. The book "flashes" (lol) back and forth as the technology is being created by Gabby White (present time) who goes through hell to bring her invention to the world, and also the "future day" through a young woman named Annami, who is an ex-employee of the company that runs the flash world wide, who is trying to take it down for abuses beyond anyone's imagination.The whole premise of being able to switch bodies, is so amazing. Think of being able to flash into another person who is on the opposite side of the world? Someone completely different from you; someone of a different sex, age, race, economic class, etc?? !! The book definitely discusses Gabby's hope for her invention to teach the world to truly SEE one another for what we are, not what we look like. Imagine not being able to judge someone on their looks anymore, Gabby muses. It would be a world changing event! But just as she knows the many ways it can be used for positive change, she also knows the secrets of the company that runs it.This book had me turning pages until very late last night. I could not put it down. Such a well written story with characters that are so many moral shades of gray, a storying plot that has you racing through chapters to find out what happens next as each character's perspectives endure horrific things to bring their goals to fruition. I see all you other bookstagrammers out there with this book! Get to reading people! This book is fantastic!
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