Crosstalk by Connie Willis ~ Review

Crosstalk by 
Hardcover512 pages
Published October 4th 2016 
by Del Rey 
Source: Hardcover provided by Publisher
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars


Science fiction icon Connie Willis brilliantly mixes a speculative plot, the wit of Nora Ephron, and the comedic flair of P. G. Wodehouse in Crosstalk a genre-bending novel that pushes social media, smartphone technology, and twenty-four-hour availability to hilarious and chilling extremes as one young woman abruptly finds herself with way more connectivity than she ever desired.

In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don't quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely in a way far beyond what she signed up for.

It is almost more than she can handle especially when the stress of managing her all-too-eager-to-communicate-at-all-times family is already burdening her brain. But that's only the beginning. As things go from bad to worse, she begins to see the dark side of too much information, and to realize that love and communication are far more complicated than she ever imagined.


Thank you Del Rey for providing me with a copy of Crosstalk for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

Crosstalk was such a fun read infused with humor and romance. Would I ever want an EDD to have a better connection of feeling what my husband feel. NOPE! I know I do not want to feel what he feels lol. But I think that is what makes this so humorous is you know this is something you would never do and is such an extreme. 

I love a good science fiction read when it is done right and Crosstalk was fantastic. A little slow at first but Connie Willis soon builds the story to where you can not put it down and fills this story with so many twists and turns.

I love how Briddey does not care what everyone is telling her to do. She throws causion to the wind and does what she wants. Good or bad we all learn from our mistakes and so does Briddey.

This is a fun read that anyone who loves a good romantic comedy will want to pick up. This is an adult novel but still has a youthful feel and crossover appeal. I am giving Crosstalk 4 Out of 5 stars. 

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About the Author:

Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis is an American science fiction writer. She is one of the most honored science fiction writers of the 1980s and 1990s.

She has won, among other awards, ten Hugo Awards and six Nebula Awards. Willis most recently won a Hugo Award for All Seated on the Ground (August 2008). She was the 2011 recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA).

She lives in Greeley, Colorado with her husband Courtney Willis, a professor of physics at the University of Northern Colorado. She also has one daughter, Cordelia.

Willis is known for her accessible prose and likable characters. She has written several pieces involving time travel by history students and faculty of the future University of Oxford. These pieces include her Hugo Award-winning novels Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog and the short story "Fire Watch," found in the short story collection of the same name.

Willis tends to the comedy of manners style of writing. Her protagonists are typically beset by single-minded people pursuing illogical agendas, such as attempting to organize a bell-ringing session in the middle of a deadly epidemic (Doomsday Book), or frustrating efforts to analyze near-death experiences by putting words in the mouths of interviewees (Passage).


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