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'Influx' is thought-provoking novel

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  • "Influx" by Daniel Suarez brings up intriguing questions ripe for discussion.

    "Influx" by Daniel Suarez brings up intriguing questions ripe for discussion.
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By Jeff Ayers
Associated Press

Imagine a world where scientific breakthroughs are kept under lock and key. This is the terrifying scenario in Daniel Suarez's innovative and thought-provoking new novel, "Influx."

Physicist Jon Grady and his team create a device that can reflect gravity. This device could greatly benefit transportation, space and the construction industry. Grady hopes to win the Nobel Prize, but his lab is locked down and his data is destroyed by an organization called the Bureau of Technology Control.

Grady receives an offer to work with the bureau to further his research -- but not for mankind's benefit. When he refuses, he is transferred to a high-tech prison. His cell and everything inside are designed to break him down until he reveals how he developed his device and becomes subservient to the bureau. Grady must figure out how to escape an escape-proof prison -- and defeat a group of highly advanced people with technology that's decades beyond what is imaginable.

Suarez raises an intriguing question: What if science has advanced beyond what we know and that knowledge has been hidden from the public?

"Influx" is a terrific reading experience, and an intriguing discussion is sure to follow.

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