The Unseen World

The Unseen World

Large Print - 2016
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In her third novel, Moore (Heft) delivers a striking examination of family, memory, and technology. Leaping from the 1980s to the early 2000s, this is the story of young Ada Sibelius and her brilliant computer scientist father, David, who runs a lab at a prestigious college in Boston, working to develop a lifelike artificial intelligence program, ELIXIR. Ada is being raised nontraditionally-educated by David and his lab colleagues, treated as one of the team, without kid gloves-but when David begins showing signs of Alzheimer's, her life is upended. She is sent to a local junior high school, where she is forced to interact with children her own age, and when David can no longer remain unsupervised, she is taken in by Diana Liston, David's closest associate. Moore's exploration of David's decline is remarkable and heartbreaking, and she shifts gears deftly as the story is complicated further: when Liston tries to become Ada's legal guardian, questions about David's identity arise. Since David can no longer answer for himself, Ada takes charge and tries to unravel her father's cryptic past, leading to the discovery of a hidden file, titled "The Unseen World," on David's computer. Mysteries build, and Moore's gift for storytelling excels. This is a smart, emotionally powerful literary page-turner.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016
Edition: Large print ed
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410494283
Branch Call Number: LP MOORE
Characteristics: 1 volume (large print) ; 23 cm


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Jan 03, 2018

The pacing in this book is a bit slow but the story is quite captivating. It is the story of a young girl called Ada who is raised by her father who is a computer science genius. As her father's mind begins to fail in middle age, Ada begins to look into his mysterious past and discovers her father is not who she thinks he is. This was a page turner for me because I was so interested in seeing the story unfold.

Apr 08, 2017

I loved this novel. I give it a 5 ! A must read.

Jan 01, 2017

Last book of the year = favourite read of the year

Nov 28, 2016

Everything about Ada Sibelius is unusual: the circumstances of her birth, her education, her hobbies and her socialization (or lack thereof). The book takes place mostly in the 1980s when her father is a scientist working in the early days of virtual reality and AI. When Ada’s father is incapacitated, she must live without him, staying with friends, socializing with children for the first time, everything is a scary unseen world for Ada. Talented at code breaking she must solve a code to find out her father’s background. As that work goes on she must solve other codes such as the code of the schoolyard. Eventually the resolution is a brave new unseen world that is a place of joy and fulfillment.
A great novel with unforgettable characters. One of the best of the year for me.

Aug 29, 2016

History and science combined with unforgettable characters and an intriguing plot make this a powerful read.

KungFuAndrew Aug 23, 2016

Coming of age in the 80's, early computer tech and a mystery combine in a page turner. Can Ada discover her father's past before he loses his memory? I hope so!

Aug 19, 2016

Absolutely great from start to finish. Highly recommended for those who appreciate a combination of authentically drawn characters and an optimistic rendering of future technology.

JanieHH Aug 04, 2016

The Unseen World is a compelling read with vibrant, finely constructed characters. Moore intertwines a complex coming of age story with the science of cryptology and the history of artificial intelligence, while simultaneously exploring the meaning of love, loss and belonging. Elements of mystery and suspense keep you turning the pages in this multi-layered gem of a book


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