Using the myth of Eurydice as a structure, this science fiction novel is set in a near-future London where it has become popular for folks to have a small implant that allows one access to a more robust social media experience directly as an augmented reality. However, the British government has taken oversight of this access to an extreme, slowly tilting towards a dystopian overreach, all in the name of safety.
A feverishly inventive novel ... The ending doesn’t entirely make sense, and the journey of the too-aptly named Orpheus has overtones of Greek mythology that feel unnecessary. But all in all, More Perfect is nearly perfect.
It’s Oh’s compelling characterizations that really shine and make the novel a moving study of love, individuality, and identity ... Oh’s science-driven approach to the book’s phenomenon of dreamscaping, as well as her sharp understanding of the way science is spun up and polarized into political talking points, elevate the story into something more substantial than a simple surveillance thriller with YA overtones.