Matthew FitzSimmons’ “Constance” is an enthralling sci-fi thriller that delves into the intricate world of cloning and memory transfer. Featuring a cast of complex and thought-provoking characters, the book offers a nuanced look at the societal implications of such advanced technology. Divided into three segments and spanning 35 chapters, this 330-page tale masterfully crafts an atmosphere that keeps the reader engaged. The main character is portrayed in a realistic manner, adding another layer of depth to this riveting story.
The story opens by introducing us to the central figure, Constance—known as “Con” among her circle of friends—who lives a rather isolated and somber life as a remote employee in the year 2038. We learn that Con was once a member of a renowned musical group, a journey that came to a heartbreaking end when a catastrophic accident claimed the lives of most of her bandmates. This tragic event served as the catalyst for her ensuing struggle with grief, solitude, and depression.
In a startling turn of events, it is revealed that Con’s Aunt Abigail, a genius in the scientific community, has established a cloning facility. This groundbreaking innovation allows all family members to upload their consciousness to a clone in the event of their death. One fateful day, during Con’s routine monthly mind-transfer at the facility, she stumbles upon the shocking news: Aunt Abigail has taken her own life. Due to a rare medical condition, Abigail’s consciousness can’t be transferred to a clone.
Then, during Con’s routine procedure, something goes awry. She wakes up a year and a half later in a new cloned body, faced with the daunting task of unraveling the enigma of her lost time and the tragic fate of her Aunt Abigail.
This compelling narrative seamlessly blends elements of thriller and science fiction, creating an unforgettable experience. The characters are remarkably well-crafted and relatable, largely because the author skillfully intertwines real-world events with a fictional future. For example, Con’s character, who was born on the day David Bowie passed away, is a devout fan, adding a layer of realism and depth to the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed Matthew FitzSimmons’ “Overall Constance.” The book excels in creating an atmosphere where you’re constantly second-guessing who to trust, adding a thrilling layer of suspense. Additionally, the narrative manages to make complex science fiction elements easily digestible, a feat that enhances its appeal. Highly recommended for any reader.