The Uncanny Valley

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The Uncanny Valley tells the story of Paul, a man who is made paranoid by growing government surveillance and his own chaotic past, including a childhood with more than a few rough spots and a run-in with the law. As the story goes on, you get to learn what led him to where he is now, a man on the run with his wife and two kids. Paul may be a paranoid lunatic, but it makes sense that someone would be when you read about what he has been through, leading up to a run for the Mexican border. The best part is that as you read, you will realize one of two things, you either know a Paul yourself or you are Paul.

As far as the writing of this story goes, it does well on a few levels: tone, pacing, and description. The tone follows Paul’s emotions and thoughts as he ages and experiences the world, from being a small child to a father on the run. The fact that the author broke the story up by telling different times in Paul’s life works to keep you interested chapter after chapter. Finally, as stated with tone, the description changes from simplistic and childlike to jaded and bitter. The writer overall does an excellent job telling the story of a man on the edge.

On a final side note, each chapter starts with an example of government surveillance, propaganda, or corruption. It really adds another element to the idea that anyone could learn more about the government and go a little crazy, just like Paul does. Most of these facts seem a little strange, but it goes to show just how much the government gets into. The Uncanny Valley is a great read and well worth picking up. Just remember, tinfoil is sold separately.


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Author S.W. Campbell
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 375 pages
Publisher Shawn Campbell
Publish Date 2016-06-26
ISBN 9780997710519
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Issue October 2016
Category Modern Literature
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