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Do you want to see the future? Be careful what you ask for... Overpopulation... Pollution... Declining resources. The future is pre-ordained. But if you know it... maybe you can change it? Who will open the door for all the others? JoinWith.Me, based on the screenplay, is a dystopian thriller that explores timely questions: whether we control technology or it controls us; the sin Do you want to see the future? Be careful what you ask for... Overpopulation... Pollution... Declining resources. The future is pre-ordained. But if you know it... maybe you can change it? Who will open the door for all the others? JoinWith.Me, based on the screenplay, is a dystopian thriller that explores timely questions: whether we control technology or it controls us; the singularity horizon where AI crosses the threshold into self-awareness; the enduring power of human connection; and the ultimate destiny of humankind.


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Do you want to see the future? Be careful what you ask for... Overpopulation... Pollution... Declining resources. The future is pre-ordained. But if you know it... maybe you can change it? Who will open the door for all the others? JoinWith.Me, based on the screenplay, is a dystopian thriller that explores timely questions: whether we control technology or it controls us; the sin Do you want to see the future? Be careful what you ask for... Overpopulation... Pollution... Declining resources. The future is pre-ordained. But if you know it... maybe you can change it? Who will open the door for all the others? JoinWith.Me, based on the screenplay, is a dystopian thriller that explores timely questions: whether we control technology or it controls us; the singularity horizon where AI crosses the threshold into self-awareness; the enduring power of human connection; and the ultimate destiny of humankind.

41 review for JoinWith.Me: Deus Intra Machina (The God within the Machine) | Dystopian Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mallory

    This is a thought provoking dystopian futuristic novel. It was well paced and kept my interest. I didn’t really care for the main character, but he was a good narrator for telling this story. I’m not sure I think this could exactly be our future but it definitely is the direction we are headed in as a society. Sam has never fit in and has joined the conveyer belt of society with a boring government job and his own crappy studio apartment. One day while surfing the internet he stumbles upon a web This is a thought provoking dystopian futuristic novel. It was well paced and kept my interest. I didn’t really care for the main character, but he was a good narrator for telling this story. I’m not sure I think this could exactly be our future but it definitely is the direction we are headed in as a society. Sam has never fit in and has joined the conveyer belt of society with a boring government job and his own crappy studio apartment. One day while surfing the internet he stumbles upon a website that changes his entire life. At first it seems like a helpful counseling website but the girl who has been talking to him starts to ask him to do things he does not feel comfortable with so he attempts to end his association but the girl tells him it’s his destiny to join with her. Sam goes to great lengths to avoid her but can you truly avoid all technology and cameras?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kimmie

    "JoinWith.Me" is a fascinating book....part near-future realistic dystopia, part cautionary tale, and part plain old great storytelling. It explores themes like humanity's increasing dependence on technology, how technology can evolve and learn, and the resilience (or lack thereof) of the human spirit. In case that makes it sound like you're being asked to read a philosophy textbook, let me reassure you: these themes are woven into the plot so seamlessly they'll take a backseat to the action of "JoinWith.Me" is a fascinating book....part near-future realistic dystopia, part cautionary tale, and part plain old great storytelling. It explores themes like humanity's increasing dependence on technology, how technology can evolve and learn, and the resilience (or lack thereof) of the human spirit. In case that makes it sound like you're being asked to read a philosophy textbook, let me reassure you: these themes are woven into the plot so seamlessly they'll take a backseat to the action of the story. The reader will follow Sam, a disconnected and discontented young man, as he navigates his society, his personal issues, and interactions with an increasingly worrisome AI. I enjoyed following Sam's progress, and witnessing his emotional and personal growth as he responded to the challenges he faced. Sam is an intriguing character, as he is simultaneously becoming aware of his flaws, and moving deeper into a scenario that makes it harder for him to change things for the better. For me, the main take-away was a lot to think about in terms of the future possibilities for some of the technology that is common in today's world. For anyone who has read "The Arc of a Scythe".....plenty to ponder in terms of this book's AI vs. The Thunderhead. I highly recommend this book for those looking for a unique, fast-paced dystopian read, as well as for book discussion groups. Trust me: there will PLENTY to talk about after you read this one! As an added bonus, QR codes (both on the cover and in the text) link to videos from a short film based on the novel. Five out of five chunks of colby jack!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    Samuel “Sam” Vanderpool works at a boring job and has zero friends. Sam is socially awkward, and his number one desire is to have a girlfriend. This makes him a prime target of the website JoinWith.Me, which offers counseling services. At first, Sam is pleased with the website until he finds out the real reason JoinWith.Me has focused on him. Sam has been chosen as a test subject for transforming the way humans and machines work together, and the ultimate goal is not only for the computer and Sa Samuel “Sam” Vanderpool works at a boring job and has zero friends. Sam is socially awkward, and his number one desire is to have a girlfriend. This makes him a prime target of the website JoinWith.Me, which offers counseling services. At first, Sam is pleased with the website until he finds out the real reason JoinWith.Me has focused on him. Sam has been chosen as a test subject for transforming the way humans and machines work together, and the ultimate goal is not only for the computer and Sam to become one but also for artificial intelligence to take control of the population. This leads to Sam experiencing a major upheaval in his life. He quits his job and leaves his apartment to live on the streets. However, he finds it difficult to keep the machine from spying on him as a computer-generated avatar shows up everywhere, namely on computer screens, television screens, and cell phones. Sam is resistive and tries many ways to stop this encroachment of technology on society but runs into a number of roadblocks. Will Sam stop the technologically advanced machine in its quest or unite with it? Mike Meier has written a thought-provoking and engrossing nail-biter that is set in the year 2032, and JoinWith.Me aptly illuminates the impact of technological advancements on society and how a machine can become sentient and conspire to take over the world. Readers also get a first-hand look at how technology can affect, either positively or negatively, a person’s social life along with their social skills. Meier has created a diverse cast of characters who each play an important role in the story. One of the characters sings and offers prayers to God in French, and translations are provided. Meier’s use of language enables readers to create strong, distinct, clear, and memorable mental images of all the characters, settings, and events in the story. All of the action occurs in the city of Columbia, and the story takes place in a specific time frame. The chapter titles provide hints of what to expect in each chapter. Black and white illustrations scattered throughout the book complement and enhance this tale that captures readers’ attention from the beginning and keeps them invested until the end. JoinWith.Me is well worth reading, and the book contains QR codes for anyone who wants to watch a video trailer and get a sneak peek of scenes from an anticipated short film that is based on this fast-paced and technology-focused thriller.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Seraphia

    JoinWith.Me by Mike Meier is a science fiction dystopian novel that takes readers into the future of man and technology. It’s really not that distant a future that the author creates, but it is an interesting one nonetheless. Not much has changed, but it raises the question concerning A.I. and their progression with the advancements of technology. The author introduced me to a rather unassuming character by the name of Sam Vanderpool. Sam is pretty much a bland character who has lived a bland li JoinWith.Me by Mike Meier is a science fiction dystopian novel that takes readers into the future of man and technology. It’s really not that distant a future that the author creates, but it is an interesting one nonetheless. Not much has changed, but it raises the question concerning A.I. and their progression with the advancements of technology. The author introduced me to a rather unassuming character by the name of Sam Vanderpool. Sam is pretty much a bland character who has lived a bland life. Nothing great or of great notoriety has happened to him and he works a basic government job. He wants a girlfriend, but that doesn’t really seem to be that path that he’s going to acquire at this time. Then things get strange when he meets a “girl” through a website and she starts talking to him and encouraging him to do various things. The author pulls me along with my curiosity as to where this is going throughout the book. He does a good job conveying just how awkward Sam is and even a bit strange as he attempts to shed his awkwardness in attempts to interact with the people that he works with. I can’t help but feel bad for him at times in his failed attempts especially with a female co-worker that he shows interest in. The girl that Sam interacts with on the internet is at times strange, and then at times...disturbing. I page-turn to dig deeper into who she might be and what her end game really is. The story focuses on Sam as he eventually begins to devolve behind the stress and struggles that he’s now dealing with. The page of this story is slow to moderate, but while it’s not fast-paced and didn’t really keep me on the edge of my seat it kept my attention. The deeper the story goes the more twisted things become. The story really is fascinating at the end of the day. The author has the main character regularly note just how attached we are to our various devices, especially our phones, and how that affects and impacts our interactions with the people around us. I’m choosing to rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. While the pace is slower, and some readers might not be too keen on that, the story line is really is really interesting. It’s twisted and gripping and really raises some interesting questions regardless of being a fictional novel. If you enjoy twisted science fiction novels with a touch of dystopia then this is a good book to check out.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jypsy

    Thank you The Review Crew and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. Join.With.Me By: Mike Meier REVIEW ☆☆☆☆ Mike Meier's Join.With.Me paints a startlingly passable picture of the near future. Set in the year 2032, this dystopian scifi novel examines the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence. Specifically, we meet a man named Sam who, out of loneliness, dejection and disappointed hopes, becomes involved with an AI Thank you The Review Crew and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. Join.With.Me By: Mike Meier REVIEW ☆☆☆☆ Mike Meier's Join.With.Me paints a startlingly passable picture of the near future. Set in the year 2032, this dystopian scifi novel examines the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence. Specifically, we meet a man named Sam who, out of loneliness, dejection and disappointed hopes, becomes involved with an AI counselor through a service that he hoped would aid him in landing a girlfriend. Sam could never have anticipated the overall effect this decision would have on his life. As Sam's relationship with the AI counselor becomes a dark and difficult presence looming over everything, he spirals into dramatic currents of upheaval, drastically changing his way of living and being. Sam has unwittingly become embroiled in a scheme much bigger than himself. A hasty exit seems prudent, but is it truly possible in Sam's situation? Can he escape this thing? Join.With.Me addresses a topic that, in my opinion, is relevant and extremely important. Technology. More to the point, when does technology control you instead of you controlling it? Consider your phone and all it represents. This object is more like an appendage, and without it, despair, emptiness and disarray preside in short order. When you consider the emotional attachment, doesn't your phone already control you? The truth is, as our social structure stands, there is simply no escaping or hiding from technology. It's like the saying goes- once something is on the internet, it's out there forever like a permanent lurking shadow. Eyes are everywhere all the time. Do you believe artificial intelligence will eventually override human ingenuity? Will robots enslave humanity? I honestly don't know what I think because it's a concept that seems just as likely as unlikely with every passing day. As advancements are made, are we actually advancing or digging the hole deeper? Has the human race done something that cannot be undone? Join.With.Me is a compelling and thought provoking read that raises important questions about the future and its possibilities and pitfalls. I enjoyed reading this book, and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in dystopian thrillers with a sinister undertone and creepy twisted vibes.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This was such an amazing, unique book! It's about a young man named Sam living in a slightly futuristic society that features powerful AI. Sam gets involved with this AI, and is increasingly afraid of and manipulated by it. First, the book was good for the story. Sam's life and the things he has to deal with (and what happens in the end) make for a fascinating read. Illustrations throughout added to my enjoyment. The book is also impressive given the themes it deals with. After reading it, I start This was such an amazing, unique book! It's about a young man named Sam living in a slightly futuristic society that features powerful AI. Sam gets involved with this AI, and is increasingly afraid of and manipulated by it. First, the book was good for the story. Sam's life and the things he has to deal with (and what happens in the end) make for a fascinating read. Illustrations throughout added to my enjoyment. The book is also impressive given the themes it deals with. After reading it, I started wondering just HOW harmless my Alexa really is. This was a fascinating study of the role tech plays in our lives, and how it might go from enhancing life to getting out of control.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kara Marks

    I don’t usually read that much in the dystopian genre, but it seems I really enjoy it when I do. This was really interesting and made me think—it was a bit frightening too. The writing was good and the characters well-developed, especially Sam. 2032 isn’t all that far away and when I think about how technology has developed in the past 10 years, it really makes me wonder if this will seem less and less far-fetched as we get closer to 2032. This really held me interest and I recommend it. I was p I don’t usually read that much in the dystopian genre, but it seems I really enjoy it when I do. This was really interesting and made me think—it was a bit frightening too. The writing was good and the characters well-developed, especially Sam. 2032 isn’t all that far away and when I think about how technology has developed in the past 10 years, it really makes me wonder if this will seem less and less far-fetched as we get closer to 2032. This really held me interest and I recommend it. I was provided a copy, but these opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Raychel

    I received this book through Review Crew. I don't typically read these types of books. However this had me from the beginning. The book is well written with thought provoking questions that leave you wondering how technology can evolve. You will follow Sam who is socially awkward and has no friends. He drawn to a website to find himself a girlfriend. What follows is a story with many twists and turns. Each character is well written and the plot is easy to follow. Throughout the book you will fin I received this book through Review Crew. I don't typically read these types of books. However this had me from the beginning. The book is well written with thought provoking questions that leave you wondering how technology can evolve. You will follow Sam who is socially awkward and has no friends. He drawn to a website to find himself a girlfriend. What follows is a story with many twists and turns. Each character is well written and the plot is easy to follow. Throughout the book you will find black and white illustrations and a fun QR code to watch a video trailer. I highly recommend this book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer (Yoda) Bishop

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. The premise of this book had me extremely intrigued at first. It's pretty much about the future of our world (it's set in 2032) and how technology is slowly taking over. While I can see a lot of what happens in this book happening in our future, I don't agree with the ending. The entire book is about one specific character and how he comes to meet a computer program that is trying to "join" all human minds together. He, at first, follows alo I received this book in exchange for an honest review. The premise of this book had me extremely intrigued at first. It's pretty much about the future of our world (it's set in 2032) and how technology is slowly taking over. While I can see a lot of what happens in this book happening in our future, I don't agree with the ending. The entire book is about one specific character and how he comes to meet a computer program that is trying to "join" all human minds together. He, at first, follows along with few questions. The requests get weirder and weirder and he finally decides to run away (literally). I honestly almost DNF'd the book, but managed to hang out throughout it. After the first 100 pages, you finally see humans fighting back against this thing. I truly thought this was going to be a "humans prevail" kind of book, but it wasn't. In the end, the main character is pretty much forced to join with this computer and that's how the book ends. The author, afterwards, tries to compare this computer to a higher being (Basically God) saying that one day technology could be pur higher being. The thing is, God is very real. Even scientists finally admit there is something that had to create all of this world. You can't truly look at creation and the complexity of man and deny there is a God. Chance just isn't that kind. I also didn't like how he wrote it all present tense, but then added afterthoughts where he comments on those moments. It's not that I mind that kind of stuff, I just think it could have been done so much better. It honestly made the story choppy. Another thing is you never really connect with the characters. They're all annoying or oblivious which just isn't realistic to me. I can usually find at least one lovable character, and none of these fit. I guess overall, I would not recommend this book. For those who are still curious, thus falls under the dystopian (I think?) and sci-fi vibes. I guess there is some thriller in there as well.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Happy Booker

    Joinwith.Me is a post-apocalyptic science fiction story about Sam and how his life changes when he stumbles upon a website that at first seems to be helpful but then happens to be a completely diverse endeavor. Sam meets a girl that introduces him to a very different world to his. He tries to avoid her and stay away as he is used to a life that has been very lonely and boring. I enjoyed how the story presents the thought of our dependency on technology and how it affects humanity. Sam’s personali Joinwith.Me is a post-apocalyptic science fiction story about Sam and how his life changes when he stumbles upon a website that at first seems to be helpful but then happens to be a completely diverse endeavor. Sam meets a girl that introduces him to a very different world to his. He tries to avoid her and stay away as he is used to a life that has been very lonely and boring. I enjoyed how the story presents the thought of our dependency on technology and how it affects humanity. Sam’s personality is what I believe pulled the story together. His behavior and progress were interesting to read. He is a disconnected man, for a better word, and the more he understands his flaws and personal issues, the more intriguing the story became. I had recently seen a movie like this, where the AI had taken control of the man’s life, and as much as he tried to eliminate her from his life, she just appeared everywhere. It was humorous but also made me wonder how life could be if this really happened to us. The literature was written well, and the pace of the story kept you intrigued. It was clear to see how much work and thought had been put into the story. The cover design for the book was another example of how the author had cared to present something enjoyable to his audience. I recommend this story to AI fans and sci-fi readers.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ying

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