When the Chips Are Down

Fiction - Science Fiction
118 Pages
Reviewed on 10/08/2013
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Author Biography

Anne Rasico was born in the small town of Vincennes, IN. She discovered her passion at the age of thirteen when she began writing poetry and short stories. In 1998 she received an Honorable Mention for Literary Excellence from the Iliad Press for her poem "She Didn't Come Home."

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

She spent two years of her life in a coma. When she finally awakes, the world is not like she used to remember. Microchips are mandatory; one is planted in everyone’s arm. Her friends believe that there’s more to that tiny electronic device, which is responsible for a person’s strange behavior. They uncover a sinister plot and they need to expose it to the world before all is lost. When the Chips Are Down is a thrilling science fiction novella by Anne Rasico.

I absolutely love the premise of the story and I was very much immersed in it from start to finish. When the Chips Are Down takes a swipe at the rules and regulations that are imposed on all people by their government around the world. Personally, I think today's set of laws is already intrusive enough for one’s privacy, but author Anne Rasico has expertly rendered a much scarier and highly plausible future for us to read.

I love novellas for their length which I often consider comfortable. Ironically for this novella, I wish it could be longer. After the ending, my first thought was ‘I want to know more.’ Also, the cast of characters are good but could be better if they are developed a bit more, with the exception of the protagonist, Brooklyn. On the whole, a delightful and stimulating read. If you love conspiracy theories, this is definitely a story for you to ponder on. Let's just hope our future won’t be as bleak and frightening as Rasico has eerily painted for us.


Absolutely loved this book, and think a sequel would be a nice idea


I, too, have read this book and totally agree with this review. Hopefully this is the first in a series for this young, talented author!