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Versailles : a novel / Yannick Hill.

By: Hill, Yannick [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Unbound, 2016Description: 421 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1783522305; 9781783522309.Subject(s): Social change -- Fiction | Social networks -- Fiction | Rich people -- Fiction | Cults -- FictionGenre/Form: Thrillers (Fiction)DDC classification: 823.92 Summary: Welcome to Versailles, an oceanfront mega-mansion, 100 rooms of technologically breathtaking real estate, tailor-made for Casey Baer, founder and CEO of the internet's pre-eminent social network. He's the closest thing the online generation has to royalty, and this is his palace. But all is not well in this concrete shell of one man's American Dream. His wife, Synthea, once the world's foremost industrial designer, roams the corridors in a drugged dream state. His son, River, locks himself away in his room, living vicariously through dozens of virtual pseudonyms. And Missy, his daughter, has just deleted her online profile and driven away through the gates, never to return. As River tries to track his sister down, he alights upon Deep Sky. Is it a cult? And if so, what do they want with Missy? Is she running away from home or toward a darker mystery? And why? Is it something Casey did? Versailles is a fable for the digital age. In an era of perpetual connectivity and mass surveillance, the novel explores our dual need to be witnessed and to be alone.
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"Welcome to Versailles, an oceanfront mega-mansion, 100 rooms of technologically breathtaking real estate, tailor-made for Casey Baer, founder and CEO of the internet's pre-eminent social network. He's the closest thing the online generation has to royalty, and this is his palace. But all is not well in this concrete shell of one man's American Dream. His wife, Synthea, once the world's foremost industrial designer, roams the corridors in a drugged dream state. His son, River, locks himself away in his room, living vicariously through dozens of virtual pseudonyms. And Missy, his daughter, has just deleted her online profile and driven away through the gates, never to return. As River tries to track his sister down, he alights upon Deep Sky. Is it a cult? And if so, what do they want with Missy? Is she running away from home or toward a darker mystery? And why? Is it something Casey did? Versailles is a fable for the digital age. In an era of perpetual connectivity and mass surveillance, the novel explores our dual need to be witnessed and to be alone."

Welcome to Versailles, an oceanfront mega-mansion, 100 rooms of technologically breathtaking real estate, tailor-made for Casey Baer, founder and CEO of the internet's pre-eminent social network. He's the closest thing the online generation has to royalty, and this is his palace. But all is not well in this concrete shell of one man's American Dream. His wife, Synthea, once the world's foremost industrial designer, roams the corridors in a drugged dream state. His son, River, locks himself away in his room, living vicariously through dozens of virtual pseudonyms. And Missy, his daughter, has just deleted her online profile and driven away through the gates, never to return. As River tries to track his sister down, he alights upon Deep Sky. Is it a cult? And if so, what do they want with Missy? Is she running away from home or toward a darker mystery? And why? Is it something Casey did? Versailles is a fable for the digital age. In an era of perpetual connectivity and mass surveillance, the novel explores our dual need to be witnessed and to be alone.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Hill's debut thriller aims for both cyberpunk and magical realism but lands among the boringly mundane. Social media mogul Casey Baer has built the largest single residence in America for his family, calling it Versailles-appropriate, but also something of a cliché. Inside the compound, his wife, the talented industrial designer Synthea, and their teenage twins, Missy and River, live aimlessly; Casey maintains quasi-abusive surveillance over them but refuses to be part of their family. Their every material desire is fulfilled, but they have a gaping lack of purpose and happiness. Finally, Missy decides to run away, following clues in a video sent to her by her favorite pop star. The characters, three-dimensional and offbeat, are by far the best part of the book. The atmosphere is dreamy, the prose is seductive, and the hyper-rich milieu is convincingly weird, but the novel never coheres into anything more than the sum of its parts. In the end, it fails to be speculative or even suspenseful, but as a surrealistic portrait of a family in crisis, it boasts some intensity and charm. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.