Parallel Lies, dystopian science fiction thriller by John Calia, is similar in some ways to classic dystopian novels like A Brave New World and 1984. The story is not exactly the same of course.
Diana Gutierrez-Adams lives in America but the government controls everything, including the Metaverse and the Pods, communities that are highly monitored.
According to Wikipedia, the metaverse is “a hypothetical iteration of the Internet as a single, universal, and immersive virtual world that is facilitated by the use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) headsets.”
1. How did you feel about the setting?
A Guardian, Apollo Daniels, has just crossed from the world he knows into an alternate dimension of earth. A Guardian is a highly trained soldier that is only focused on their mission. If you remember the movie “Universal Soldier,” the Guardians are universal soldiers.
Diana, her friend Gabrielle, and grandfather, Nick, are on the run from the government. Apparently grandpa Nick is the leader of The Resistance. The president, who may have sadistric personality disorder, is not pleased.
Luckily, Diana’s group meets Apollo and he helps them escape. Gabrielle is captured so they make plans to save her. Nothing usually goes according to plan with the military on their heels and people who betray them.
However, Apollo is truly dedicated to Diana. Personally, I love Apollo more than any of the other characters. He’s a hybrid human but he displays so much empathy and compassion.
If you enjoy dystopian novels or movies, then you will like Parallel Lies. If you’re a weirdo who likes terrible books, then this is not the book for you . There is a whole Reddit sub for things like that though.
About the author
A Brooklyn-born, second-generation American, and the eldest of three boys, writing is his third career and the one about which he is most passionate. Following graduation from the US Naval Academy and active duty in the Navy, he embarked on a career in business. He began writing his blog “Who Will Lead?” in 2010 attracting over 120,000 readers. It inspired him to write his first book, an Amazon five-star rated business fable titled “The Reluctant CEO.” His fascination with artificial intelligence and its impact on society was the inspiration to write a science fiction thriller, The Awakening of Artemis. Currently, he makes his home in Fairport, NY, a village on the Erie Canal.
- I received this ebook for being part of the Black Phoenix Parallel Lies book tour.