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Luminarium by Alex Shakar

In Luminarium, twin brothers Fred and George Brounian run a software company that specializes in utopian worlds. As the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, George has fallen into a coma and a military organization has taken over their company. Fred moves back in with his parents and struggles to find answers to his life, when he's talked into a series of neurological tests that stimulate different parts of his brain in the hopes of finding where spirituality resides. Fred has profound experiences with the tests but his grasp of reality weakens. Then he begins to receive e-mails and text messages from the comatose George. Alex Shakar's novel has received positive reviews with the Chicago Tribune saying, "Encompassing, caring, provocative, and funny, Shakar's novel astutely dramatizes moral and spiritual dilemmas catalyzed by the frenetic post-9/11 cyber age, while love, as it always has, blossoms among the ruins."
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