The story starts out good then there is sudden change in the story that happens and i wasn't sure at first where the story was going but it didn't take long to understand the connection. It continued with a good plot and had a few twists which i always enjoy. A great thriller suspense type novel for those who like non-stop page turning plots!
I can't stress enough just how excellent this book is! I couldn't put it down. Amazing story! I stayed up late and couldn't stop reading. The story moved me to tears, and really challenged my thinking. I've already told my friends to read this book!
Imagine a virtually realistic world designed to figure out how to save our own world from its inevitable self-destruction. No matter how many ways super genius Travis plays out the various scenarios, the end result is always the same. Thinking he must have missed something, he contacts his brother Nicholas, a reclusive professor, to bounce ideas.
Nicholas, an avid atheist who loves nothing more than shredding incoming students' faith, is shocked to find that the premier male in the VR world is patterned after his own long-dead son. And all Nicholas can think of is saving the world of Alpha 11. Maybe if the people understood basic rules it would help. But_maybe_rules alone wouldn't be enough. Maybe they need a visit from the Programmer.
Follow the adventures of the real life (though fictional!) Nicholas and his VR counterpart as they seek for solutions-not only for the VR world, but for Nicholas's soul.
The author has a compelling premise in The God Hater. Allegorical symbolism is prevalent throughout the tale, but as we're reminded in the author's notes, these are always going to fail at some point. Myers says, "Allegories_only capture pieces of truth and are way too slippery to do much more_just as I would encourage you not to base your science upon this science, the same should go for your theology."
With that in mind, I found this novel to be quite thought-provoking and very excellently written. The world-within-a-world is as complete and defined as the Santa Barbara area that Nicholas and his brother inhabit. This book is both a keeper and a loaner. It will challenge your thinking.
I have so been looking forward to reading The God Hater by Bill Meyers. With an intriguing sci-fi premise (artificial intelligence, virtual communities, consciousness transfer) the story does require some suspense of disbelief, but is a fast-paced, engaging read that I'll be keeping on my shelf.
Using a virtual society, Travis McKenzie, the brother of the reclusive and God-hating university professor Nicolas McKenzie, is attempting to build an accurate model of human life that can be used as a market research model. Unfortunately his models keep self-destructing. Each and every society based upon evolutionary, atheistic models fails utterly as a barbaric â€˜survival of the fittest' mentality eventually cases each community to self-destruct.
Travis eventually calls in his brother Nicolas for help. The pair of them, along with Nicolas' Christian colleague Annie, and her young son are swept into a web of danger that none of them have foreseen or could have imagined.
I blasted through this engaging read in only a day, and I love way Meyers has portrayed the logical results of atheism, and spiritual philosophies devoid of a holy creator. The parallels that Meyers has drawn between this virtual world's need for a moral law, and thenceforth, for salvation, and the world that we ourselves dwell in, are fascinating. Even I wasn't sure how things were going to turn out, and what connections Meyers would make - even though the book's premise was made quite clear from its promotional copy.
There were a few minor loose ends and inconsistencies within the book itself, and, as I mentioned earlier, you'll need to set yourself into suspended disbelief mode in order for some of the technology present to jive for you. That being said, I still highly recommend The God Hater as a fascinating read - its both entertaining, and a thoughtful exploration of the viability of various philosophical stances.