You’ve been imprisoned by a shadowy government project and your identity has been erased; the only question is why. Welcome Home.
In a dystopian society where severe laws are in place to regulate the media you’re allowed to view, anyone and anything can be erased. Most people get their information and entertainment from the Knowledgebase -- a computer network dubbed the “sum total of human knowledge.” But forces are at work to edit and shape the Knowledgebase as they see fit -- suppressing dissident thoughts and behaviors. Their clear target: a group of rebels who hide in plain sight and call themselves the Transhumans -- people who remote into androids illegally, and whose goal is to eventually transplant a human consciousness into an android.
In the middle of this stands 77, a prisoner who’s been asked to repair a broken android for his captors. Once he solves the mystery of this android, he may find the truth behind the Transhumans, the elusive Knowledgebase architects, and the erased.
The Erased presents a near-future parable for the media age, where the march toward merging with technology comes at a terrible price.
My e-book, The Erased, is available for free today 3/23 and tomorrow 3/24 in the Amazon Kindle store. Remember, I provide the first few chapters for free anyway if you want to check them out (and Amazon previews them as well).
Here’s a review from the Amazon page:
“For a first-time novel, this is fast-moving and entirely entertaining book. The Erased quickly jumps right into the action, with a father being arrested by shadowy government forces and locked into ‘rehabilitation center,’ where he is separated from his wife and child. From there, he is systematically stripped of his identity and forced to work and answer questions for the all powerful system that he has somehow crossed. In no time at all you will start to question the sanity of not just the other inmates, but also the protagonist. What if he’s wrong? What if everyone else is just as crazy? And what if they’re all sane? Piercy does a deft job of mixing and weaving several different viewpoints, all of them identified by nothing more than the number they have been assigned.
The Erased wears most of its influences right out there in the open, but the author blends them together in a new and interesting way. While on the surface you can identify themes from 1984 and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, and healthy amount of Cold-War Conspiracy Theories, what I was most often reminded of was the work of Dan Simmons, specifically his excellent Flashback. Piercy offers up a view of a nearly-there America where owning movies, music or books that aren’t approved of can bring strict consequences, incarceration without trial, and no hope of escape, but he also shows us a glimpse of how the technology that can imprison us can also release us.”1 note