Mira is a trust fund baby playing at making it on her own as a Brooklyn barista. When Benji, her tech startup boyfriend, dumps her out of the blue, she decides a little revenge vandalism is in order. Mira updates his entry on Verity, Benji’s Wikipedia-style news aggregator, to say the two have become engaged. Hours later, he shows up at her place with an engagement ring. Chalk it up to coincidence, right?
Soon after, Benji’s long-vanished co-founder Chandra shows up asking for Mira’s help. She claims Verity can nudge unlikely events into really happening — even change someone’s mind. And Chandra insists that Verity — and Mira’s newly minted fiance — can’t be trusted.
In a starred review, Publisher's Weekly called Revision a "terrific SF debut." It said “Phillips poses hard questions about love, loyalty, personal identity, and truth, and her answers range from fascinating to horrifying,” and that “her fresh voice will be very welcome in the SF world.”
Phillips's terrific SF debut (the launch title for independent press Fireside Fiction) examines the ways in which personal identity, privacy, and major life events might be compromised or altered by technology that bends reality. Hapless Mira Newton is attempting to eke out a living as a Brooklyn barista. Her tech-magnate boyfriend, Benji, runs a Wikipedia-like website called Verity. After he dumps her, she decides to get some swift retribution by editing his page on Verity using Benji's own account to state that she's not his ex but his fianc e. The next morning, to Mira's astonishment, he retracts the breakup and proposes. Benji's former colleague Chandra confirms that Verity has the power to change elements of reality, and she offers cryptic warnings about the company founders' motivations. Phillips poses hard questions about love, loyalty, personal identity, and truth, and her answers range from fascinating to horrifying. Other than a few moments of superfluous description, her writing is crisp and clean, and she has a great command of balancing story elements. Her fresh voice will be very welcome in the SF world.