Review: Influx by Daniel Suarez

Review: Influx by Daniel Suarez


Are smart phones really humanity’s most significant innovation since the moon landings? Or can something else explain why the bold visions of the 20th century–fusion power, genetic enhancements, artificial intelligence, cures for common disease, extended human life, and a host of other world-changing advances–have remained beyond our grasp? Why has the high-tech future that seemed imminent in the 1960’s failed to arrive?

Perhaps it did arrive…but only for a select few.

Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they’ve been working toward for years: a device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics–the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring. This Bureau of Technology Control uses the advanced technologies they have harvested over the decades to fulfill their mission.

They are living in our future.

Presented with the opportunity to join the BTC and improve his own technology in secret, Grady balks, and is instead thrown into a nightmarish high-tech prison built to hold rebellious geniuses like himself. With so many great intellects confined together, can Grady and his fellow prisoners conceive of a way to usher humanity out of its artificial dark age?

And when they do, is it possible to defeat an enemy that wields a technological advantage half a century in the making?

I put Influx on my secret-societies-cults shelf because it revolves around a secret govt agency. Such a secretive agency that the president doesn’t even know about it and it’s been on its own power for so long that it only recently comes back to the attention of Homeland Security,etc. everyone who works within the agency is very much in their own sphere of the world so for me it fits the notion of a secret society – they’ve been hoarding technological innovations for so lomg that they no longer even fit in with our normal society.

I loved Influx; I have to admit when I first started reading and realized how much physics and scientific jargon was being thrown around that I was overwhelmed and I wondered if I’d be able to continue reading. I decided that since I was riveted to the story at heart – even so short in – that I wanted to give it a try and as long as I could understand the gist of what was going on that I wouldn’t focus on the minute details. That worked for me and I was able to slip into the story.

This is a thrill ride! You never could guess what was around the next corner, who was going to be with you or against you and I was fascinated by all the futuristic tech! The characters also grab you by the heart and don’t let go. You feel so much for the main character as he struggles to grasp the system he’s trapped in and how he can fight back. I felt so much pride as he refused to give in or give up.

So I would suggest Influx to anyone who loves a good futuristic read, but yet set in the “now” (in a way) and if you love SciFi this one is definitely for you! And even if you – like me, like SciFi as long as it’s not to hardcore with the jargon – give this one a try, if you can enjoy the story itself without trying to completely understand all the jargon – and the author does a good job of helping readers get the gist, read this! I tell you Influx will have you within it’s grasp from the outset!


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  1. Nathan (@reviewbarn) says:

    I miss the thrill of a new Michael Crichten book, even if the man himself was a #$@. I haven’t read many thrillers in recent times because I was having a hard time finding one that broke out of a 300 page formula. But I miss them, perhaps this is the author I should give a chance too?
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    • I haven’t read Michael Chrichten, my dad has quite a few of his books though. I haven’t looked into them enough to know if they’d be my type or not. That sucks that you were only finding ones that had a 300 page formula, that’s horrible! I feel like I’ve been incredibly lucky finding good thrillers. I should make a post on thrillers worth reading!

      I’d consider this more sci-fi than thriller, but if you’re a sci-fi lover than this definitely has a thriller aspect too. It definitely kept me reading even though it had some jargon I had to sidestep. Which I guess that says a lot too, because I think other books I would’ve set aside with so much jargon if it had not been for the riveting plot. The other books by Daniel Suarez that look great, so I can’t wait to dig into those too! I hope if you do read this one or his others that you love them and they bring you back into the thriller fold! πŸ˜€

  2. Have you read Daemon duology by Suarez? I really enjoyed the first book (again, I just can’t resist books with that gamer culture angle) and I liked what I saw of his work enough to want to read this one. One of my good friends wasn’t too fond of it but I didn’t read his review because it contained spoilers, but I’m glad you gave it such high praise. I’m curious to see where my thoughts will fall.
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    • I saw the Daemon duology books but I haven’t read anything else by Suarez – although I plan to change that! I’m curious what you’ll think of it too!

  3. Debbie @ CK2S Kwips and Kritiques says:

    Oh this one is one I’ve been wanting to read ever since I first saw the blurb! I particularly love those secret society books but good to know there’s some jargon thrown in.

    • Yeah, I was intrigued from the blurb as well! I am a huge fan of secret society books too! I think the author did a good job of giving us readers not up to physics jargon the gist of what ever he was explaining, so I’m really glad that didn’t ruin the book at all for me like it has in the past with other books. πŸ˜€

  4. I’ve not read any books in the SciFi but after seeing this one on Goodreads I requested the audio for review. I’m hanging on to it for when I’m in the mood for something outside my reading zone.

    • Definitely, I think it has enough elements of other genres that it’ll appeal to people outside the Sci-Fi genre – like me. I hope when you listen to it that you love it! πŸ˜€

  5. I love scientific jargon and geeky stuff and if it builds the world I am all in. This sounds like quite a thrill ride, and you have me very curious. Hmm, I wonder how the audio reviews are, this might be a good one to try πŸ™‚ Wonderful review April!
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    • I’d be curious how the audio book is! I’m not a big audio book lover, I just can’t concentrate on them πŸ˜€

      I like scientific jargon to a point as long as the author explains in a good way what they’re talking about – especially physics, that stuff is mostly beyond me. haha But this author did a great job and totally a thrill ride! πŸ˜€

  6. This book sounds like so much fun. I have a few of his other books on my TBR pile already. πŸ™‚
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  7. I love that you have a secret society cult list. I hadn’t thought about it. Sounds interesting.
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