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With Little Means Review

Would you give up all you had to go back and live the life you’ve always dreamed of?


Rating: 4/5

With Little Means, a depiction of the pitfalls of fame and stardom. We all have dreams and aspirations when we are young, but how many of us follow through with them? How many people take the chance and risk it all to follow their dreams? Not many. For most of us, life just seems to get in the way. But what if you had a second chance at it, would you take it? A new reality show called Remarkable, uses advanced memory-based technology to give everyday people an opportunity to tell their story and relive their dreams. We follow Rai Starr, as he struggles with the decision to give up his family life, for a second chance at rock stardom. As he journeys back, he meets actress Amy Strong, and soon finds out that fame comes with dangerous consequences.

 

I received a copy of With Little Means from the author, Raimo Strangis, himself. In return for an honest review. Thank you so much for this opportunity!


This was an interesting read. I really had no idea what to expect with this one. But I was surprised to find an exhilarating read on second chances.


Would you give up all you had to go back and live the life you’ve always dreamed of? We meet Rai, who was once in a band, but that dream was cut short due to a sudden severe illness that drastically changed how he lived his life. Now Rai is a chef, married with two beautiful children. However, a new show that offers the chance to relive someone’s dream, a second chance. Using advanced memory technology, Remarkable gives people like Rai to relive his life at the point in time where he lost it, achieve his dream, all within virtual reality.


This whole idea of “what if” is strong and apparent in this book. What would you be willing to give up to achieve your dream? It was such an interesting concept, to give people the opportunity to change their lives as if they’re really living it with this technology.


This whole idea of “what if” is strong and apparent in this book.

Once we got introduced to this new tech to enter this virtual world, I got vibes of the Total Recall movie. It was the descriptions of how they accessed the memories that came across as similar, it was a fun comparison for me.


Besides the overall premise, the story itself, following Rai was captivating. We get to see both the good and the bad by this second chance opportunity. A glimpse of just how dangerous virtual reality can be. The drama around the show was entertaining to see, though I do wish we got to see a little more of this. Since we spend the majority of the book within this virtual reality, I felt we missed hearing reactions of this show as it aired especially from Rai’s friends and family. I don’t think they would have quite enjoyed the direction especially Rai’s bandmates.


We get to see both the good and the bad by this second chance opportunity. A glimpse of just how dangerous virtual reality can be.

This flowed really well for the novella too, however it was over before I knew it. I would have loved to see this as a full-length novel. To really dive deep into how this world where such memory technology exists. To learn more about the show, its creation, how it works, the controversy behind it because you know it's there, and just see more of Rai. I rarely say this, but I think this would have been even better if we slowed down the storyline and see more of these details.


Overall, With Little Means is a thought-provoking sci-fi read! Posing the question, what would you give to follow that lost dream of yours? I think this would be a great read for anyone who enjoys stimulating reads especially featuring musicians.