The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn't care: they're addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. After ex-detective Nick Bottom's wife died in a car accident, he went under the flash to be with her; he's lost his job, his teenage son, and his livelihood as a result.
Nick may be a lost soul but he's still a good cop, so he is hired to investigate the murder of a top governmental advisor's son. This flashback-addict becomes the one man who may be able to change the course of an entire nation turning away from the future to live in the past.
A provocative novel set in a future that seems scarily possible, FLASHBACK proves why Dan Simmons is one of our most exciting and versatile writers.
ARC received from the publisher for review.
This one gets four stars. It immediately draws you right into this alternate world and keeps you enthralled throughout. Granted, it could be a bit confusing at times with the alternate political and country situations, but everything was explained reasonably well enough that it wasn't overly distracting. I didn't particularly care for the characters as people, but they were true to their personalities and agendas. The Flashback drug was just too creepy for words. It really makes you wonder. I highly recommend this to the author's fans, as well as anyone looking for a sophisticated and fast paced adventure.
★★★★☆ = Really Liked It