[Audio]Book Review: Tuning In by Richard Roberts

 
 
Jon has always been an empath, but lately his powers have been growing, so he jumps at the chance to travel to Bhutan to help create a telepathy app, hoping he'll get the chance to talk to an old friend about his problem while he's there. Instead, Jon's abilities only grow more, and he starts having feelings for the scientist working with him as they create an app that was meant to be a scam but turns out to be dangerously real.

Book Review: Tuning In by Richard Roberts | science fiction, thriller
Title: Tuning In
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Pages: 272
My Rating: 3 Stars
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I thought this book was going to be about the world getting mass telepathy, everything turning to chaos, and what comes after that as two characters try to fix it. It wasn’t. This is partly my fault for only skimming the blurb, but it’s also partly the blurb’s fault because it does kind of make the book sound like this, just also with a romance and thriller element of the main characters on the run.

Instead, the mass telepathy didn’t happen until after halfway, you didn’t even realize it was happening or see the effects because the characters were isolated in Bhutan the whole time, the whole thing was pretty calm and slow-paced, the thriller element was only a small part, and the book was really just about a lonely empath/telepath and a scientist and how their lives were changed when they found each other.

It wasn’t a bad book though for what it was. It took a very scientific and realistic approach to telepathy, and the story and characters felt believable given the premise. I really felt for Jon at times and how lonely he was because of his abilities.

This wasn’t really a book for me because I admittedly got bored with the slow pace and disappointed we didn’t get to see any of the consequences of the mass telepathy, but it was somewhat interesting, and I think others will enjoy it as long as they know what they’re getting.

 
 
Book Blurb

Jon Gunnarson never meant to transform humanity. He just wanted a normal life.

A life where he doesn’t absorb other people’s emotions, lose himself and have to live like a hermit.

So he jumps at the chance to help develop a scam telepathy app because it will get him to Bhutan, where he hopes an old friend will teach him how to disconnect.

Sure, he has to work with Ella, a neuroscientist he’s falling in love with, and Venn, a fraudulent Marketer who’s wanted by the FBI. But Jon’s had a lifetime of practice at pulling away and he figures he can handle it while he learns how to manage his condition.

The problem is, working with others is the least of his worries. Because Jon and Ella unwittingly trigger the onset of mass telepathy. And, as if that isn’t enough, they must run for their lives when they discover a way that Venn can avoid arrest.

But how will they escape someone who can read their minds?

Tuning In is a well plotted story that’s both mind-bendingly strange and intimately human–a continuously surprising science-fiction/ psychological thriller about our relationship with our thoughts, with each other and even reality itself.

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  1. Greg

    Aw that’s a bummer, I like the mass telepathy angle too! the ramifications of that could have been pretty cool! Especially since one character is an empath- I like stories about them, but this one does sound a little too slow paced for me. Glad it was done well though!

  2. Olivia Roach

    It just sounds a bit disappointing because it’s not really about or includes much of what it hints at including? I have been reading a lot more science fiction lately and the book I recently read actually also has empathy in it, so I was curious. But this one sounds a bit too slow for me. I’m glad you didn’t find it too bad though. :)