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Faster Review

This is such a great journey towards the technology we see today, the self-driving car!


Rating: 4/5

Inspired by the incredible true story of three geniuses who changed the world.


Out in the sun-bleached sands of the Mojave Desert, a group of masterminds comes together to transform the way we drive. But can progress be made when a mercilessly tough engineer, a reckless mechanic, and a methodical programmer continuously clash over how to approach the solution? In FASTER, explore the world of autonomous cars through this lens of conflict: Yin versus yang. Speed versus caution. Software versus hardware. Silicon Valley versus Detroit.

 

This was such a unique contemporary read! This features a drama-filled journey of scientists working towards a self-driving car.


This features a drama-filled journey of scientists working towards a self-driving car.

And while yes, there is a heavy focus on cars and technology behind this smart car, I wouldn’t say you need to be overly knowledgeable in auto or tech. Do I know anything about cars? Nope. My identification for cars is primarily colors. Not joking!


But even with my lack of car knowledge, I wasn’t confused. We’re given enough details to understand what’s going on with our futuristic smart car.


And I really enjoyed this journey we go on for this technological advancement. I know this book is a work of fiction but I loved seeing all the details. I’m sure there was a lot of research and real-life examples that went into this book.


Another aspect we see is a bit of romance between our two main characters. At first, I loved it. But the further we got into the novel, our male main character started to annoy me. I didn’t care for his attitude towards things. It makes for an interesting drama and has a key role in the plot. He’s just one of those characters you love to hate.


After finishing, I was also surprised to discover that this was inspired by the great minds who did in fact change the world with this sort of technology. Hearing this I loved this story as a whole even more! Just amazing!


I was also surprised to discover that this was inspired by the great minds who did in fact change the world with this sort of technology.

Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable contemporary drama! It’s such a great journey towards the technology we see today, the self-driving car! Especially given that it’s inspired by real events and people.


Please note: the physical book features a different synopsis on the back cover than what was listed on Goodreads/Amazon. I read this before starting the book to refresh my memory of the premise and this is where these following thoughts are coming from. I considered editing out this section of my review, but thought it was still worth mentioning…


I will say while I enjoyed the overall plot, I didn’t quite like the spoiler we got from the synopsis. Knowing this big twist, I was anxiously waiting for it to happen. I think knowing it was going to happen ruined its shock value for me. Plus, in my opinion, it happens so late in the book, I felt I just waiting and waiting forever for it to come. I would have liked it better if this detail was just kept out of the synopsis altogether. But as for the twist itself, I did enjoy it. It was very well written.

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