Full Dive is a fiction book about the desperate efforts of a church to try to stay relevant in an age where the only things that matter to the majority are Science, Medicine, and Technology.
A small church in Orlando sends their Deacon (Adam Walker) to go and participate in an experiment with the newly developed technology 'Full Dive Virtual Reality (FDVR).' Head Pastor Fischer believes that this technology can help them discover new ways of reaching the masses.
The experiment turns out to be nothing like Adam could ever expect. The horrible experience inside FDVR has left him damaged. But Pastor Fischer is insistent on further testing, for the sake of the greater good. What will be the consequences of further testing on Adam's mind? Will FDVR give them the answers that they are looking for? Is there something more sinister hiding underneath these experiments?
(To clarify, although this story follows members of a church it is not a Christian or Religious book.)
Themes of the book:
-It's a world where technology medicine and science are held in the highest regard, and where art, religion, and culture are left behind. It is a common attitude to look down at things that do not progress humanity further.
-The opening chapter is probably going to be the most memorable of the book, and hits a lot at survillance culture/panopticonism.
-This book explores the use of Virtual Reality, not as a way to immerse oneself into video games, but as a way to use it as a means of psychological experimentation.
-In order to survive in the technological age, the church is trying adapt, in fear of being left behind in history completely, rather than to strictly stick to their code.
-It takes place in the city of Orlando. Being set a few hundred years in the future, there are even more tall buildings/skyscrapers run by corps.
-Although it takes place a few hundred years in the future, technology is not super advanced. Self-driving cars are widely accepted, and Full Dive Virtual Reality is finally created, but overall, general day to day life looks mostly the same.