Circuit Theory by Kirby Crow, Reya Starck ~ Book Review by Mel

CircuitTheory_750x500Title: Circuit Theory

Author: Kirby Crow, Reya Starck

Publisher: Riptide

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 07/30/2012

Length: Short Story (<15K)

Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World


Dante and Byron are avatars. Driven by human beings, yet still only digital representations of their ideal selves. In reality, they live far apart, but share most of their waking and working hours together in a virtual world called Synth.

In Synth, like in most code, the laws are infinitely more simple and infinitely more complex. Navigating the system rules of virtual lovers is like steering through a minefield of deceit, suspicion, heartbreak, and half-truths.

Under pressure, Dante makes a friendship that trips Byron’s warning bells, disrupting their carefully-ordered lives and calling into question the wisdom of trusting your heart to a man you can never touch in the flesh.

My View:

Now this…

Man, the idea of this… Well, comes actually from the joys and pain that is social media today, but was developed into new and fantastic dimensions for this short story.

I really enjoyed the online world of Synth, how you can create and build yourself and places and just the way you move or dance, and also the way you can interact with other users. I think this was a great setting. I could picture it all, the beauty and imperfections, and I could relate to it very well.

Not only to the setting, also the characters we find in this world are ones that you have met or experienced, should you have the habit of being on social media.

There’s this spectrum of experiencing relationships, ranging from hurtful to shallow to meaningful, from short-lived to temporarily to long-term. We navigate through all these every day or just from time to time.

I have met all of these kinds of people online and I have been these to someone else, too. It’s not always easy and, funnily, I think it’s quite interesting that we all have to learn how to be and interact with others online, although we are adults already. It’s like a new learning field of interactions, of how to be you, of how to be a good human being.

I failed. I still fail, from time to time, but I see things getting better. I have learned, and that is actually really great. Because I wouldn’t want to miss the joy and help the online community, my friends, give me, and I them. For me, it is worth it.

CIRCUIT THEORY focuses on these human interactions, on the joys it brings and on the dangers it also bears. It gives us a view into our fears and insecurities, and what I personally loved about this short story is that it raises all these thoughts and questions and leaves us to answer them and to find a personal position on this on our own.

This is after all what, for me, a short story is all about.


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