A Calculated Life - Anne Charnock

Jayna is a super-intelligent kind-of computer-like person who works for a big company trying to see trends in everything. As she's always analysing stuff she might just find some data that could turn her life (and the world like she knows it) around.


In the beginning I liked her mathematical way of analysing everything. It was almost as if I was reading a computer or robot file (I do know that's in binary code, but just the general feeling). There were a lot of details people normally don't care about. Although this really created a feeling of Jayna being different, some kind of human computer, I was also thinking 'I'm not sure I can take this for a whole novel'. And that's exactly what happened. Around the halfway mark I was already hoping it would be over soon.


My other problem with this novel was that it for me lacked a true story. Nothing really happens in the first part of the book, and even after that it's still not a real story. Perhaps it's just her methodical mind that prevents the plot from really progressing, I'm not sure about that, but it felt a bit frustrating.


It was like a more classical Dystopian novel and it reminded me a bit of Brave New World, especially with the human engineering part. I however, didn't like it as much and was quite frankly a little bit disappointed. I'd expected to enjoy it more than I did.


Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!