- Taschenbuch: 528 Seiten
- Verlag: Arrow; Auflage: New edition (2. Oktober 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0099462230
- ISBN-13: 978-0099462231
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 11,1 x 3,3 x 17,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.212.570 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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It takes a lot of chutzpah to give your novel the same title as one of the most famous novels in the history of English-language literature, even if the original novel didn't spawn a literary field or two (utopian and dystopian fiction) or become an everyday term for the perfect place to live on Earth. Yet there's a postmodern appropriateness to applying the title Utopia to a novel set in a theme park that uses cutting-edge technology to create Earth's most desirable fantasy place to visit. Like Westworld and Jurassic Park, Lincoln Child's Utopia is a near-future theme-park thriller, and like Michael Crichton, Child delivers an abundance of white-knuckle thrills, chills, and shocks.
Despite its remote location in the Nevada desert, the Utopia theme park receives 65,000 visitors daily. They never dream their lives may be in any real danger. However, some of the self-programming robots are becoming erratic, so park administrators quietly bring the robots' brilliant creator from the East Coast to fix the problem before it gets any worse. Dr. Andrew Warne brings his daughter, for he doesn't believe there is anything wrong with his creations. But on the day of their arrival, a mysterious band of ruthless criminals infiltrates not only the park, but its computerized systems. The unknown terrorists appear to control everything, from the simplest robot to the most dangerous ride. And if their demands aren't met, thousands of innocent park-goers will be killed. --Cynthia Ward -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.
"A beautifully crafted scare-fest that will take its place beside two Michael Crichton classics, Westworld and Jurassic Park" - People MagazineAlle Produktbeschreibungen
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Alles in allem ein solider, spannender Thriller, der gute Ideen, rasante Handlung und gut gezeichnete Charaktere gekonnt vereint. Kein Buch in Stile von Preston -Child, aber nicht weniger lesenswert.
Der einzige Lichtblick sind die vorgestellten Attraktionen im Park. "Atlantis" würde sicherlich jeder gerne besuchen !
Ansonsten: dröge. Die 14jährige Tochter entspricht auch keinesfalls einer "normalen" 14jährigen. Langweilig, vorhersehbar, überflüssig. Schade !
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"Utopia" is set in an amusement park of the same name, but this isn't just any amusement park. It is an enormous glass dome in the middle of the Nevada desert. Inside, one can find astonishingly realistic recreations of Victorian England, a turn of the Century American seaside boardwalk, Camelot and a futuristic spaceport (and, Atlantis: Coming Soon!). Of course each area includes the most fantastic rides one can imagine, as well as restaurants, live shows, reasonably priced forty dollar t-shirts and...casinos. Moreover, Utopia is the owner of hundreds of patents relating to holograms , robotics and computing.
As one might imagine, all of this money and technology makes for a tempting target, and right on cue, John Doe appears to insert chaos into this little piece of paradise. At the same time, Andrew Warne, the creator of the park's robots, arrives to troubleshoot some strange problems that have been occurring (with daughter in tow). As mayhem breaks loose in the park, Warne struggles to decipher Doe's plan, and stop him before it's too late.
The story is unlike anything I have ever encountered before; a rare unique effort in a world of rehashed ideas. But it was the characters that impressed me the most. In addition to capturing their current concerns and fears beautifully, Child is constantly dropping little hints about their pasts: where they came from, what they do, who they love, etc. At the same time, he never let's himself get distracted; he doesn't diverge from the story, but rather inserts little asides to flesh out the characters without delving into reams of details. He is particularly successful with John Doe in this regard, and the result is a compelling, but mysterious character.
"Utopia" is a fast paced thriller with a lot of heart. Wrapped in a high-tech wonderland, there are characters with believable, rich lives. The pacing, structure and use of language are all likewise excellent. I have to admit, having been a long time fan of Child's joint work, I was concerned about his decision to go solo. I needn't have been, as "Utopia" is an excellent novel by any measure. Now I just have to wait eagerly for Preston's solo effort later this year!
I disagree greatly with several of the reviews here. For one, comparing it to Die Hard is a completely unfair way to sell this to a potential buyer. Die Hard was a game of cat and mouse, full of action. There isn't much action in this book, nor any hiding. In fact, there's only one true gunfight, and it lasts 3 bullets. More bullets are fired in other areas of the book, but it's against unarmed, unknowing people.
It's also unfair to compare this book to Jurassic Park. Jurassic Park was a book about technology and action within a theme park of sorts. This is a book involving some technology and action within a true theme park, but it's a different breed. The action is limited, and the technology isn't explained or even described much, just presented as something that exists.
There are also some groaners. Most notably is the Wingnut character mentioned in other reviews. From his first appearance you know here's there simply to be sacrificed. No surprises there, but to the authors credit he downplays the convenient behavior trait that leads to his usefulness, and incorporates it more as part of a whole rather than a way to exploit. You may see Wingnut's usefulness coming, but Child doesn't get lazy and leave it at that.
Another issue is the terrorists themselves. At one point it's mentioned that people would be shocked if they knew the true face of the ringleader, yet nothing comes from it after he's stopped. A shame, but only due to that line.
So I've told you what this book isn't really, and that it has problems. Is it worth reading? Yes. The book is essentially a crisis book within a theme park, a difficult concept to make realistic. Child takes great effort to make it so, giving reasons why obvious answers must be ignored, and taking into account how a corporation would likely act. Nothing is too unrealistic, and none of the plot will make you groan very hard at all. This is arguably Child's greatest accomplishment within the book.
It's interesting, the characters have some depth to them, and you'll keep reading. The full potential is never realized, but there are no falls off the edge, so you'll read with a smile.
A solid effort. Not amazing, but solid enough that I look forward to Child's next solo effot.
Lincoln Child has produced an admirable solo effort in depicting the four fantastic worlds of Utopia and their systematic sabotage. He deftly mixes fast-paced action, a peek behind the scenes of a large theme park, a colorful cast of characters, and some comic relief through a lovable robot pet named Wingnut. Unlike many thrillers in the recent past, this one has a satisfying ending that left me smiling.
Dr. Andrew Warne is a robotics specialist. Not just another geek, Dr. Warne is the father of a controversial new theory on machine learning and has created a "Metanet" that is able to manage the systems of--and periodically improve and reprogram--a large number of connected robots at once. The creators of Utopia, a state-of-the-art "concept immersion" theme park in the Nevada desert, have found a use for Warne's Metanet, governing the hundreds of robots in the park. The Metanet is autonomously responsible for day-to-day maintenance and programmatic improvement of robots whose functions range from cleaning offices to serving ice-cream to park guests. It also manages the safety features of some of the park's most thrilling rides.
When some of Utopia's robots begin to experience problems--including one major safety malfunction that results in some serious injuries--Andrew Warne is called in to take the Metanet offline. Warne is understandably resistant to the idea of dismantling his brainchild, and as he searches for alternatives to the drastic action requested of him, he discovers that the problems the park's robots have been experiencing are not the fault of the Metanet at all. Rather, the park has become the target of some very proficient and very sinister hackers. Warne's suspicions are proven correct when the park's director is contacted by a terrorist with a simple and horrifying demand: hand over a disc containing the park's proprietary hologram software, or every one of the park's 65,000 guests will become a target.
As time ticks away and more and more park systems begin to malfunction, park employees scramble to stay a step ahead of the mercenaries threatening their livelihood. And Andrew Warne is forced to attempt the seemingly impossible--use his Metanet to thwart the sinister intentions of the terrorists.
Utopia is a fast-paced book that relies heavily on gratuitous action scenes to keep the story moving. But Child throws in some authorial curveballs that lend credence to his solo literary career. One device he employs very successfully is using various and unrelated points of view to show how the park's deterioration is perceived through the eyes of the guests caught in the crossfire. In addition, the masterful and creative descriptions of futuristic technology utilized in Utopia's design provide some welcome pauses in the flow of the action. Child seems to have based his imaginary theme park partly on real-life parks like Disney World and the Six Flags empire, but he has added enough of his own inventions to the descriptions of Utopia's Disney-like underground areas and standard park terminology (like calling crew members "cast members") to give the fictional Utopia an air of authenticity.
The book's weaknesses center on its characters. Andrew Warne's relationship with his fifteen-year-old daughter comes across as forced at times, and his past romantic involvement with park director Sarah Beautwright fails to generate either believable sparks or authentic awkwardness. Most of the primary characters (including the main antagonist) experience chapter-long periods of intense self-doubt, which becomes annoying to the reader fairly quickly. Still, the intense (if a bit grotesque) climax is a gratifying conclusion to the lengthy buildup of plot-driven suspense, and the reader leaves with a feeling of satisfied euphoria (rather like what riders feel like after exiting an exciting roller-coaster, I suppose).
Unsurprisingly (given Child's previous collaborations with coauthor Douglas Preston), Utopia offers little in the way of a positive moral outlook, but the book contains no scenes of overt sexuality and does a fairly good job of portraying a father's self-sacrificing love for his daughter. Some readers will object to Child's descriptions of violence, but even these are usually set within a context of human experience rather than simple gore. The point of the book seems to be that industrious people who mean well and have a good work ethic can triumph over evil, greedy people who seek to cause harm. While in the real world we know that this is unfortunately not always the case, the message is positive, and the general excitement and mostly good writing of the book make it worth reading. For those who enjoy books by authors like Michael Crichton and Philip Kerr (and, of course, those who enjoy the Preston & Child books), I would happily recommend Utopia.