Reviews – Second Harvest

Book Review

SECOND HARVEST is the second book of the sci-fi series THE LAST ITERATION that takes the reader on an exciting futuristic adventure seasoned with technological topics.

Matthew Hart continues to reflect from a sustainability point of view on topics of smart cities, a connected world of everything around the internet of things and big data as well as biotechnology and artificial intelligence.

Published in December 2013, technological developments in some areas have advanced faster than anticipated making parts of the novel even more realistic in a shorter period of time. Therefore, your opinion on the following aspects is especially interesting for us:

  • How do you like continuation of the story – what did you like best/least 
  • How well are technical elements woven in
  • How do you like the writing style / suspense
  • How well are the characters defined – which one(s) do you like best/least and why
  • How much of the technology in the book do you think is reality already
  • How do you like the cover design
  • What was your first impression of the book / after reading the blurb  – were your expectations met after reading the whole book
  • Did you read book 1 before reading book 2

Let us know how you liked the novel – simply leave a comment down below.

We are very much looking forward to reading your opinion!

Matthew Hart and the The Last Iteration team

Expert Opinions (Book 1)

“This book makes you reflect on the big responsibility of delivering technology in service of citizens. A good material to debate, especially as we are at the gates of the first Smart Cities. Are these the cities we are modeling?”
Alicia Asín Pérez, CEO and Co-Founder Libelium, Member of the International Research Groups: Sensor Networks and Mesh Networks.

“A riveting science fiction novel that I found hard to put down once I started reading it. Matthew Hart has expertly interwoven believable technological advances into this spellbinding Sci-Fi adventure story of Dexter Maxwell set in the 22nd through 31st Centuries AD.”
Daniel L. Calloway, MSIT with specialization in network architecture & expert network consultant to the Internet of Things (IoT) Council in Brussels, Belgium

“From a technology vantage point, it was interesting to see advanced transportation, wireless and mobile device technology stitched seamlessly into a scintillating Sci-Fi tale. I recommend the book.”
Roger C. Lanctot, Associate Director, Global Automotive Practice, Strategy Analytics

“A mind-bending thrill-ride, Hart has given us a gritty and fascinating vision of the future.”
Brian David Johnson, Futurist & Principal Engineer, INTEL

“The pace of the story is enthralling. The difficulties of living on Venus, as well as the need for a resettlement from Earth, raise valid questions in this day and age. I found the prayloop and its effect as a community very inspiring.”
Stephan Tomek, Senior Researcher, iHomeLab Switzerland

“This is a fascinating and scaring Sci-Fi novel where the technology we are working on today becomes reality. Freedom, friendship, love and purpose mixed with future technology relates directly to us today – to taking over responsibility of the actions that will lead to THE Last Iteration”.
Dr. Stefan Ferber, Director Communities & Partner Networks, Bosch Software Innovations GmbH

“I‘m not sure the future is a place I want to visit after reading this interesting and thought provoking book. A world where the technology is inescapable raises many moral and societal issues that I hope mankind is able to navigate. Read it and make up your own mind“
Tristan Wilkinson, Founder, Digital Citizens

“Once you are in the story, you get a lively overview of a variety of future technologies, currently under investigation, and fictional topics. But while some aspects of a smart city environment seem compelling and convenient, the author also provides the dark side of the moon from ethics and society perspectives! An enjoyable but also alarming story!”
Joachim Schonowski – T-Labs (Research & Development), Deutsche Telekom AG

“The story evolves at an incredible pace and it becomes an effort to put the book down. It has everything a good Sci-Fi novel should feature: a thrilling story, compelling characters and a strong foundation in science and technology. Especially the latter makes this book extraordinary and a great read for all genre fans. Can’t wait for the Second Harvest.
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lehnhoff, Research and Development Division Energy, OFFIS Institute for Information Technology


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