This collection contains the complete first season of the epic sci-fi saga, The Beam — all SIX debut-season episodes by breakout indie authors Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant.
Choose Your Side
In a grim future, choice is all you have
In 2097, the world is as perfect as you want it to be.
Choose Enterprise and the government stays out of your way, leaving you free to sink or swim — no help for the drowning.
Choose Directorate and all are equal, fed, sheltered and entertained by the government, every need provided for, and every man another cog in society’s machine.
Every six years during Shift, citizens decide who they are. Enterprise or Directorate, lives are lived inside the North American Union, walled off from the rest of the world and the Wild East beyond the shell, enhanced by incredible A.I., nanobots that monitor and support daily living, and The Beam: the network connecting every human in the NAU.
New powers are rising as emergent technology blooms from an unknown source, and threatens to shatter peace and throw the nation into chaos.
What does the future mean when our present is stretched and reality blurred?
WHO ARE YOU – Goodreads Synopsis
The Beam Review
There is some excellent writing in this book. The authors obviously have a strong grasp on something that a lot of authors I’ve read recently have trouble with. That is, giving the right amount of description and avoiding massive unnecessary info dumps as I was subjected to in Ready Player One (I outright snickered when I hit a point where one of the characters is talking about a client’s ridiculously obsessive interest in the 1980s.)
The characters are interesting, and though not exactly fully-fleshed out, given enough depth that none feel like cardboard cut-outs. Though, to be honest, with some that’s a “just barely”. Mainly the songstress and her slightly The Goblin-esque husband. Kai, I think, is my favorite (probably because I’m always attracted to strong, self-confident women in literature.) Occasionally, early on, I got confused as to who was doing what, as there were several characters to keep track of, but as I read more and got to know them, I didn’t have that problem again. So I’d advise readers to stick it out if they feel like there’s too much happening. It does get easier.
One of the things that I really like about The Beam is how well the relationships are written. Nothing is floating-on-clouds perfect. People do bad things. People do good things. Sometimes bad people do good things, and good people do bad things. Just like it should be.
There are definitely more than a few pop-culture nods, but they are done in such a way that you just smile a bit when you see them, and then move on.
There’s nothing that I can truly criticize (beyond TBDCH (The Big Dang Cliff Hanger)) at the end that’s meant to make us want to read the next season) and I admire the authors’ obvious talent.