Book Review: Turn On, Tune Out by Cynthia Adina Kirkwood



Genre: Fiction

Publishers: Amazon

Price: Rs. 389/-  ( I got the book for review from the author)
Behind the Book

A British composer turns outlaw in Los Angeles in the award-winning Turn On, Tune Out. Angelica Morgan flouts a computer law that cripples creativity. In L.A., Angelica finds an audience, love, and a passion to stop the insidious law from taking hold in Britain. In the near future of California, artists, who steal time off-line, are considered suspect, criminal, and dangerous.

About the Author

Cynthia Adina Kirkwood’s characters – a 21st-century composer in Los Angeles, a 19th-century black mountain man in America, 17th-century buccaneers in the Caribbean, and others seem disparate. Nevertheless, in whatever time or place, they have one thing in common: Their journey toward freedom. All Cynthia’s characters seek freedom – physical, mental and spiritual. Therefore, she calls herself a freedom writer.

Cynthia and her son live in central Portugal, where she makes wine and olive oil. Turn On, Tune Out’s protagonist, Angelica Morgan, is inspired by her mythical daughter.

There are times when I just stare at the stars and wonder about the uncertainties the future holds for us. The pace at which lives are changing along with out beliefs and morale, it indeed a scary situation to contemplate upon. Add to it the fear of artificial intelligence which has more or less taken over our lives and replaced human touch for us to quite an extent. Sounds like a perfect recipe for disaster?

Wait till you read Turn on, Tune out by author Cynthia Kirkwood. She takes us into 2033 and shows us a world where unfortunately, all our fears come true. The buildings are climate controlled, the petrol prices are skyrocketing and our lives are controlled by the devices we are using. In a sad turn of events, the creativity of the people is dying as there are easier ways to get things done and people are opting for a life of convenience.

I loved the story line and thoroughly enjoyed reading the way the author captures the chaos of today, mixes it with the fears of the past to show us a future, that does not look promising at all. The characters are well developed and totally relatable. Though the author says 2033, there are few places where I won't be surprised if it were happening at this moment while I type this review. Technology has been both, a boon and a bane. The speed at which it has grown and has now reached a stage where it is threatening our jobs, lifestyle and relationships, it is proving lesser of a boon day by day.

The author's language in itself is like a work of art. She is brilliant with her prose and leaves the reader pondering over the story, the narrative and most importantly the strong message she has woven across her story so beautifully!

Why would anyone regard their own heart, their own soul, their own life and imagination when they could use a software package?’

Through her thought-provoking story, the author makes us question all our practices both as a society and as an individual and challenges them. The reality, however ugly or painful is albeit a part of our lives, something we cannot ignore. The devices we use provide us an easy escape route from all this, but they also take away from us our ability to be rationale. Imagine a day when your heart no longer speaks to you, because you stopped listening to it long ago! That day perhaps, we would also be reduced to mere machines / robots. This book is not only a lesson for us but also a rude awakening call for it is high time we take things in our hands and try to improve the mess we have created for ourselves in the name of progress.

Strongly recommended for everyone for the message and ofcourse the story that gives you goosebumps!

Foodie Verdict

This book is like Ripe Jackfruit Cake - Unique and delectable with lingering flavours!

Source: Archana's Kitchen