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Unraveling myths is messy … but the lies have to die for humanity to survive.
Velia and Virgil are bored. But the arrival of a mythical video game and forced exile to a wilderness camp for troubled kids will turn their worlds upside down. To succeed, they’ll have to capture, contain, or kill a target of an alien force bent on conquering Earth.
A galactic war begins at dawn … so tonight they’re going to party like it’s 2020.
Marcus and crew are ready to put the terrible year behind them. But the New Year’s party ends once aliens arrive. They’re here to expose another group of ETs with plans to enslave Earth and explain why Marcus will be the key to humanity’s survival.
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Marcus carries the weight of the cosmos on his shoulders. Still, he loves being one of the chosen enrolled in the alien-driven education tract at his university.
This extraterrestrial Federation always said he was important, so they’re taking the next logical step by inviting him to join their mysterious research Cohort.
If he survives selection, Marcus will solidify himself as one of the elites tasked with preparing humanity to face an alien Confederation bent on enslaving Earth. The simulated realities he experiences during this Subsumption research creates critical data the Federation needs to understand human nature, choice, and to integrate worlds.
But the alien experimentation proves more physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing than Marcus ever imagined, pushing him to the breaking point.
As the doomsday clock continues its countdown to the Confederation’s invasion, Marcus is running out of time to get his personal life in order.
Can he live up to his family’s idea of always moving forward? Or will he sink humanity’s chance to reach the stars? Either way, Marcus is learning what the Federation already knows: the ability to choose is the most powerful force in the universe.
If the conspiracy theories are right, though, he might be aligning with the wrong aliens.
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Luciano W. Pesci is an economist, futurist, and data scientist. A highly loved professor at multiple higher eds over the last decade, he’s now an academic mercenary, focused on technologies like blockchain, artificial intelligence, and asteroid mining. He’s the proud father of four spirited boys, loves cooking with his wife, Nicole, and wandering Utah’s wilderness with his chocolate lab named Kitty. In his free time, Luciano enjoys reading about history and society as inspiration for his science fiction series. Luciano is also the founder and CEO of Emperitas, a business intelligence solution that combines data science with agile research and economic modeling. He holds a PhD and an MA in Economics, an HBA in History, and a BS in Political Science.
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The phrase "to everyone who believes in the light" motivated me while reading this book. As for the author, he created a beautiful combination of science fiction and social events.
I stopped reading my favorite author to read Subsumption. It’s impressive that you can get me to stop reading my favorite author (by the way, I've read their books since I was a teenager). Not only that, but I also kept thinking about Subsumption when I resumed reading their books.
I could picture the Sequences perfectly; you're pulled right into the action. I wanted to know how they ended.
I was never a sci-fi reader, ever, but if this is what it's about, I like it! I can't wait to see how you build out the future in the next books!
The characters behave as if they're real, but the one that was the most real and consistent for me was Marcus. He is such a strong and potent character. His determinism to finish what he started and protect his family from the Confederation made him my favorite.
Subsumption had a good pace all the way through. It was exciting, and I wanted to see where this story was going. Luciano is creating a universe that isn't like anything we know; it's a hard thing to do, but he pulled it off.
I found this book to be really inspiring. I love all the references to pop culture!
Luciano developed an alternative economy with technology not even fathomable in the real world.
The closest I can get to describing Subsumption (to another book) is the Hyperion series, especially the 4th book; this almost feels like a spiritual successor to Hyperion. One of the coolest concepts in Subsumption is the Oversoul and the continuum fallacy.
You get carried away in the story. I binge-read Subsumption; it was that hard for me to put down.
My favorite part was the Black Market. It's almost like in Ready Player One, where you see the creative things characters can do with new abilities and new technology. I could imagine what it would be like to experience this in the real world. Subsumption still happens in the future, but not too far in the future where things are totally different.
As I was reading Subsumption, I began to question the reality of the book. Not in a conspiracy theory way, but I'd reference dialog or recall events I thought had happened in Sequences, but they had occurred in reality. This questioning emotionally drew me into the story, and I wondered how somebody would react in a similar situation.
You're not just reading; you're gaining both an education and information. For readers, this is great at all ages. I like the structure of the book and how the Sequences take us into another story (for two stories told at the same time).
The beginning of the book is full of foreshadowing. You gather information to understand the story better, and then the events just flow.
This story creates an interesting microcosm. I like the setting being in Utah. I don't typically read this genre, but enjoyed it. Also, I hate Dianna.
I really liked the Confederation and Federation tension. It makes you question everything. Is the Federation telling the truth, and are they truly benevolent? Or is Jordan actually correct in his predictions?
I was invested in the story right from the beginning. Subsumption is almost like a New Age Dark Tower, not so much in the interdimensional time-traveling sense, but in the way Marcus's experiences add up throughout his journey. You don't know if Subsumption is driving reality or if reality is driving Subsumption. It's like a type of psychological thriller that goes beyond a typical sci-fi story.
I absolutely loved Subsumption (especially the overall storytelling and Luciano's style). You can tell Marcus is special from the get-go. He's a smart kid that turns into a total badass! This story is so cool; a whole new realm has opened up for this series. I don't even know what to expect next!
An awesome new high-tech way to explore how society might rise and fall. Elements of sci-fi and post-apocalyptic merge seamlessly. If you liked the Wool series (especially the Shift prequels), this is a must-read.
I liked the references to Dune. I'm also reminded of Asimov's Foundation series. The concept of Subsumption itself to experience events that aren't your own for the purpose of understanding the psychology of humans is incredible. I totally dug the book; it was an easy page-turner for me.