The best technothriller books with accurate representation of technology

Who am I?

I’m just a book-loving girl working in a corporate world who’s sick to death of the inaccurate representations of technology in fiction. FYI, tracing a phone call is instantaneous, no need to keep that pesky murderer on the line these days. Technology is so ingrained in our daily lives and most people have very limited knowledge of what it actually does, so I became fascinated with the idea of using real modern-day tech in murder mysteries. I got so obsessed with the idea I decided to write it. No Sci-Fi of future tech, it may seem farfetched, but all the electronic wizardry used in my novels is real and accurately represented.

I wrote...

There is No Cloud

By Kat Wheeler,

Book cover of There is No Cloud

What is my book about?

Cameron Caldwell is living her best life…. Well sort of. Turns out moving to New York City isn’t exactly like Sex and the City. But she does have her dream job working for the world's largest Smart Home Technology company. Her job is basically herding cats with an expense account. The monotony of being a corporate sales rep is made tolerable by her two supportive work besties Bill and Phil. But when Cameron discovers something strange in one of her customer's technology her life takes a dramatic turn. Partnering with NYC homicide detective Will Justus, Cameron uses her insider knowledge to help solve a series of murders with the same technology used to commit them.

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Digital Fortress

By Dan Brown,

Book cover of Digital Fortress

Why this book?

Ah, Dan Brown. Love him or hate him, he’s a paragon of the modern thriller. Let’s go way back to 1998. It was pre-DaVinci Code, and he released his first novel, Digital Fortress. For the time period, it was a unique idea. A woman cryptologist at the NSA gets embroiled in a high-stakes murder mystery and the only way through is to solve the code. There are a lot of issues with this book, primarily that the author couldn’t be bothered to check his work and misuses bits and bytes throughout the whole novel which makes the code-breaking premise ridiculous. But to be fair, this was 1998 and for a first novel, it’s still a fun ride. So, if you’re a Dan Brown fan or love a fast-paced easy read give it a try. If you have even a basic understanding of how encryption works you may want to take a pass.

Jurassic Park

By Michael Crichton,

Book cover of Jurassic Park

Why this book?

I know you’re thinking, what’s a dinosaur book doing on this list? Two words, Gene Manipulation. I don’t know if Jurassic Park was meant to be an allegory of the dangerous waters humans were wading into when we discovered the human genome could be changed but it sure feels like it to me. Today via CRISPR people with little, to no scientific background can adjust the very makeup of their person in the comfort of their own homes. There are debates over cloning, stem cells, eugenics, and biohacking becoming more prevalent in society today. Ignoring all the sequels (which got more and more ridiculous) this book was fresh, interesting, and sparked an idea that in the last 30 years has far surpassed the future John Hammond dreamed of. Like other books on my list, it’s way better than the movie and worth a read. Afterward dig into the really cool fan theory that’s been floating around the internet, that there were in fact, no dinosaurs in Jurassic Park….

Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline,

Book cover of Ready Player One

Why this book?

If you just saw the movie do yourself a favor and pick this up. This book is just plain fun and the 80s nostalgia is real. The core concept of people escaping their reality into a video game isn’t farfetched and we creep closer to this every day. Between the birth of the metaverse and escalating effects of climate change the future Wade lives in may be closer than we think.

The Circle

By Dave Eggers,

Book cover of The Circle

Why this book?

The book is far superior to the dumbed-down movie version. We live today in a society willfully ignoring how much of ourselves we voluntarily give away to tech companies and what they do with it. The concept in this book that large corporations collect and sell data on all of us isn’t Sci-fi, it is our reality. It was proven in 2013 that internet and phone companies were selling our information to the government. Either no one noticed, or no one cared because regardless of if people are aware we are all living in the Circle now.

Little Brother

By Cory Doctorow,

Book cover of Little Brother

Why this book?

Cory Doctorow, the champion of nerds everywhere really hit the nail on the head with his book about the state of current politics and society with Little Brother. This book was released in 2008 but seems truer to life now than ever. His protagonist Marcus, watches appalled as the government begins to strip away citizens' rights under the guise of our protection. This book has been called dystopian young adult fiction, but I disagree. It all feels very familiar to the current climate we live in. It can get a little preachy but regardless of your personal politics it’s a must-read for all.

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