“I See the Truth” is a post-apocalyptic techno-thriller by Ella Ananeva.
The action takes place in the 25th century. The world has developed into a blend of “1984,” “Brave New World,” and “Feed.” All citizens are chipped in their childhood. The chip gives an opportunity of constant connection to the web that represents an overgrown Facebook. It also works as a state-issued document, bank account, social security card, etc. Without a chip, a person as though doesn’t exist.
A virus spreads through the network and damages chips of billions of people. Most of them die; some lose their sanity; others survive. Economy collapses. Gangs flood the once utopian world. Most of the survivors struggle to make the ends meet.
Bionic slaves, who used to be a fancy experiment before the Apocalypse, find themselves in the middle of the action: they are used as mercenaries, work in the most dangerous environment, and make their owners, the scientists, prosper. Not Calytrix. The only augmented part of her body is her brain; the upgrade gives her an opportunity to read people’s emotions and intentions, which is considered useless on the missions bionics take. Besides, she’s glitchy: the brain upgrade makes her unpredictably lose her consciousness. She has failed all the missions she was sent on.
Her owner decides to sell her on a Tournament. The woman who buys Calytrix works for the government but secretly supports the rebellious anti-tech society. The rebels think the AI helped the virus spread and killed 85% of humanity at will. Is it the truth? Calytrix will see.
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