What if you could wake up in Switzerland, go to school for the day in America, and then go spend the evening with your friend in Mexico? Sounds like a joke or riddle right? But in the future, according to Sean Williams in TWINMAKER, that would be totally possible with the help of a d-mat. In this futuristic novel, d-mats are the norm to 17-year-old Clair. She could not imagine having to travel from one place to another. It's easier to just have your molecules rearranged and sent to your destination!
Things in Clair's world are much different from our reality. Clair doesn't have the newest iPhone or iPod; instead, she has a pair of lenses which fit into her eyes. If she wants to view anyone's profile or send a message to any of her friends, she does it through her lenses.
I had never considered a world where long distance travel was so easy. I can't stop thinking about what I would do if there were d-mats everywhere. Would I have friends in other countries? Would I ever even meet my neighbors?
One day, Clair gets a message in her lenses giving her an opportunity to use Improvement. The message seems like spam. Another one of those messages which tells you to bring a code into a d-mat and something magical will happen. Clair ignores the message. When Clair mentions Improvement to her friend, Libby, she finds out that Libby has done it! She brought a code into a d-mat and "jumped" from place to place hoping to rid herself of a large birthmark across her face.
After many jumps, Libby's birthmark disappears, but with it goes her sanity. All of the sudden Libby seems like a completely different person!
Clair wants to help her friend so she goes out looking for an answer to the problem with Improvement.
This was a very interesting book that really caught my attention. I had never considered a world where long distance travel was so easy. I can't stop thinking about what I would do if there were d-mats everywhere. Would I have friends in other countries? Would I ever even meet my neighbors? If I'm not going to see them every day as I walk to school or take my dog out, then when would I ever meet them? Also, how is the world governed? Are there no more countries? I can only imagine the chaos that would ensue if the d-mat was invented today. TWINMAKER was a very complex book. I needed to concentrate in order to understand what was going on. I think I will need to read this book a few more times to catch all the details.
I would suggest this to someone who is interested in contemplating complex ideas while enjoying an interesting story.
There was some violence and graphic details, but I think it is worth it to get through those scenes in order to enjoy the story.
Reviewed by Aliza M. on December 17, 2013