My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Vicarious was the unfortunate victim of a reading slump, but though it took longer than usual for me to read, I actually did enjoy this book.
In Vicarious, we have MC Winter Kim (so cool seeing an Asian protagonist!!!!) one of several employed y Gideon to record Virtual Reality (think Samsung VR) experiences for those willing to pay for something they’d likely be unable to, or never do.
Rose, Winter’s carefree sister, disappears one day, and a VR recording shows up with what appears to be her murder. Winter, who survived human trafficking with the strength and aide of Rose, can’t allow Rose’s death to go unanswered, so it only makes sense that she’d want to find justice.
But as she’s discovering different clues, they seem to conflict with each other, and Winter is left to wonder what’s real, and what isn’t.
Set in a futuristic St. Louis, I like that this was a more realistic dystopian. The VR devices, called ‘Vicarious Sensory Experiences (ViSE) for the fact that your own senses are triggered to make the experiences all the more real.
I feel like it is entirely possible we may see such devices one day, considering there are similar devices already in existence (though not as complex, obviously). I think a lot this realism is what helped me like this book all the more.
Next, I’d like to touch upon how much I loved the diverse characters!!! We have an Asian MC, and a Hispanic love-interest. Jesse Ramirez is also a ViSE recorder, and he happens to very much like Winter, though she doesn’t exactly give off approachable vibes. But considering her past, it’s understandable why she wouldn’t want people getting close. With Jesse, I liked how he was so kind and patient towards Winter. He never tried to pressure her to feel anything for him, though it’s obvious he really really liked her. *Gushing* He’s such a a good guy.
Anyway, in conclusion, Vicarious was a good book, and I’m happy to recommend it.