From the Publisher:
The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn’t care: they’re addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. After ex-detective Nick Bottom’s wife died in a car accident, he went under the flash to be with her; he’s lost his job, his teenage son, and his livelihood as a result.
Nick may be a lost soul but he’s still a good cop, so he is hired to investigate the murder of a top governmental advisor’s son. This flashback-addict becomes the one man who may be able to change the course of an entire nation turning away from the future to live in the past.
A provocative novel set in a future that seems scarily possible, FLASHBACK proves why Dan Simmons is one of our most exciting and versatile writers.
Flashback by Dan Simmons is an evocative fictional story of the future United States, whose order among the countries of the world is crumbling. Flashback is a drug that gives those who take it the ability to re-live memories and experiences that were enjoyable and Simmons crafts characters that are both believable and flawed, likeable and reprehensible, in this futuristic tale. When Nick Bottom’s wife is killed in an accident, Nick risks his career and much more to re-live his best times with his wife through this powerful drug. Though the effects of flashback on humans seemed a bit far-fetched, Simmons makes good use of the drug’s action to develop the story through literary flashbacks. Mixing in a lot of present day politics with his storyline brings the book to life as readers will feel immersed in the plot. While some readers may object to a few of the religious and political aspects of the plot, it is important to recognize that this is a fictional tale. I recommend Flashback to readers who enjoy futuristic fiction.
Dan Simmons is the award-winning author of several novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Olympos and The Terror. He lives in Colorado.
I received a complimentary arc of Flashback by Dan Simmons from Little, Brown and Company/Reagan Arthur Books. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.