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Crosstalk
by Connie Willis
Del Rey, $28.00, 498pp
Published: October 2016

Another charming delivery by a very competent author.  Briddey Flanigan is in love with Trent and is more than thrilled when he proposes…to have an outpatient procedure done that will enhance their emotional connectivity.  Briddey lives in the not-so-distant future when connectivity has gone a bit past Facebook and Twitter.  EEDs are all the rage and anyone who is anyone is doing it.  The idea is that they will be able to sense each other’s emotions and be better connected romantically and otherwise… 

Briddey’s first problem is getting past the office gossips and her nosy interfering family of aunt, sister and niece.  Everyone has an opinion and Briddey doesn’t want the office gossip to interfere with a sensitive project to trump the latest Apple rollout.  Her family keeps trying to convince her not to do it with dire predictions of side-effects.  So she and Trent have to very carefully plan around all the observers and social media that threatens to derail their plans.  But success is finally hers…just not exactly as expected.  Briddey finds herself connected but not to Trent and not as expected.  Trent is frantic to make their connection work and Briddey is frantic to keep him from discovering to whom she is really connected. As it turns out, Trent has even more concerns about the success of their procedure and it doesn’t have anything to do with their relationship.

And so begins a rollicking ride where Briddey starts to appreciate that sometimes too much connectivity isn’t the best choice.  This book is packed with hysterical observations on human nature and social media taken to an extreme.  I found myself wondering how any of those people got any work done. There isn’t any great threat or bad guy, no stupendous climax…just loads of fun.  ~~  Catherine Book

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