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The Raw Shark Texts, Steven Hall’s debut novel, is an unfolding plot line that is seems to be influenced by sci-fi and fantasy plots. Centered around the multiple lives of Eric Sanderson, Hall weaves alternate realities and secret societies together seamlessly to tell the story of how working with the Un-Space Exploration Committee after the death of the first Eric Sanderson’s girlfriend, Clio, led to a spiraling series of events. With clever plays on words – Mycroft Ward, an antagonist in the story, clearly playing with Microsoft Word; and the Ludovician shark which is reminiscent of a modern day computer virus; makes for an interesting fiction story with a surprising twist ending.

-Julia-Elise Childs