From the bestselling authors of the Invasion and Yesterday's Gone series comes The Beam, a disturbing philosophical exploration of the future of our hyperconnected world. This chilling, intricately-plotted series is set in a futuristic dystopia where politics and technology have widened the gap between haves and have-nots.
All of humanity is connected ... to The Beam and to the lie.
In the year 2097, the only stable nation is the NAU: a dystopia exploding with new technologies and ruled by two political parties. The choices are Enterprise (sink-or-swim; effort and luck determine whether members prosper or starve) or Directorate, where members are guaranteed safety but can never rise above their station.
Above it all is The Beam: an AI-built computer network that serves every whim and connects citizens through implants and biological add-ons.
The Beam anticipates every need and has created a world within the world. It permeates everything. And is everywhere.
But the NAU's power is shifting. New powers are making their moves while others hang in the balance.
Behind it all, a shadowy group is pulling strings, and guiding the upcoming election exactly where they want it to go. The Beam is coming alive; immersion is as real as reality. If the NAU's power goes unchecked, the actions of a shadowy few will shape the fate of millions forever.
★★★★★ "This series is one of the best from these authors, which is saying a lot because Sean Platt/Johnny B. Truant/David Wright (any combination of the three) are by far my favorite authors. The Beam is an extremely complex world with complex characters." -- Matt Browner
★★★★★ "I'd have to say this series has them all beat because all the technologies (or magic, if you will) in this series are better developed, the characters are more involved, and the story lines are better woven. And I'm not talking about twists and turns in the plot that require suspending disbelief (yeah right), or leave you confused as to what happened. It's pretty amazing and thought-provoking." -- Burton Kent
★★★★★ "Season I spans over a century and never have I come across a sci-fi novel that incorporated everything from 80's sitcoms (liek Three's Company!) to advanced near-22nd century nanobot transhumanism. The storyline unfolds and unwinds and hovers all at the same time based on a handful of some very detailed characters who all have their own philosophical and political ambitions." -- Marc Howard
★★★★★ "I really love the rich and expansive world that's been created in The Beam and I've already purchased the 2nd season so I can continue reading on. The story shows examples of both the good and bad that technology and connectivity can have in people's lives. It was very interesting as well as though-provoking." -- James Hodyl
★★★★★ "The Beam: Season One was amazing. I only had a vague idea of what it was about before reading, and I'm glad about that now. The characters are so well drawn and developed, the world is rich and full of depth, and the story is multi-layered and works on many levels (adventure, character, philisophical)." -- reesha mouse
Platt and Truant deliver deep political intrigue and incisive social commentary along with a generous helping of big philosophical themes through engaging, multifaceted characters and rich worldbuilding. If you enjoyed Altered Carbon and The Fifth Element, you'll feel right at home in the world of The Beam.
I prefer a story that is finished on its on not left hanging so you have to keep buying to get the end. Even though I read this season 1 wasn't impressed enough to read the 2 following books. I didn't like the detailed violence or the graphic language. I did think it contained a lot of today's politics.
One word: excellent
I'm a Beam fan, and I didn't think I would be. The story was well-developed and complex, and full of great twists. I loved the worldbuilding and the character work.
I listened to the audiobook version, and it is the best audiobook I've heard this year. This is also the first audiobook I've listened to without reading the actual book alongside it. I'm a big fan of Sean and Johnny, but sometimes their books can get dense--not in a bad way, but you have to delve really deep inside because their worlds are insanely detailed. But their style works incredibly well in audio, so well in fact, that this is my new favorite way of consuming their stuff. The story was so much fun--all the technology, the characters, and the way their stories interweave without many of them ever meeting. It's thought-provoking, too, and it really makes you think about the future. I'm really eager to see where it goes. I didn't think I would be a Beam guy, but I ended up liking it a lot.
The narration was stellar. I especially loved Rachel Fulginiti as Kai and Ray Chase as Doc. They really brought the characters to life. All of the narrators were good, but some were stronger than others.
Writing style-wise, there's a lot to love. It's sumptuous without being too overbearing and imaginative and intriguing. It translates extremely well into audio, too, which is a plus. Don't NOT read this without the audiobook! It's that good.
Really enjoyed this story. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series; definitely give this book a try. Strong characters w/ a plausible/ realistic view of what future technology could mean for humanity…the good, bad & the ugly of it all is what really brings the reader into this world. I Really like the descriptions of all the various devices from the holograms at Starbucks to the mood changing wall art/ beam IDs etc. attention to details help create this world where anything is possible if you have enough “credits “