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Publisher's Summary

Refresh is an explosive, powerful short story about a near-future dystopia in which citizens can commodify every waking moment of their lives with computer-generated augmented reality. But this ubiquitous, game-changing technology can create dangerous consequences, especially for society’s most vulnerable people.

Welcome to Refresh: With nothing but a pair of computerized contact lenses, the app allows you to immortalize and share your experiences in virtual reality, and to step right into the life of anyone you’d like - for the right price. And in the near-distant future, there is no longer a question of who uses the app, only how: to record and share special occasions, like weddings and vacations? Or to push the envelope toward something more controversial, more shocking, more sinister?

This thought-provoking listen follows a young Black man who, in order to profit from his own marginalization and to make a larger statement, hatches a plan for a confrontation with a police officer that’s sure to capture the attention his profile desperately needs. But when the lines between performance and experience are blurred, is he prepared for the reality of what’s at stake?

Refresh is both a compelling futuristic tale and a gut-wrenching commentary on our world and the reality of being Black in America.

Please note: This audio contains strong language, distressing situations, and descriptions of violence that some listeners may find upsetting. Discretion is advised. 

©2020 Salim Lemelle (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC

©2020 Salim Lemelle (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC

About the Creator

Salim Lemelle is a genre/sci-fi writer from Southern California. Salim sold his short story Quietus to QC Entertainment (Get Out) which he will adapt with Steven Caple Jr. (Creed 2) for Steven to direct. Before that, Salim was selected as a fellow in 2015 for the prestigious Universal Pictures Emerging Writers Fellowship. He attended Pomona College earning his BA, then later receiving his MFA in screenwriting from The University of Southern California’s School for Cinematic Arts.

About the Perfomer

Lauded for his boyish voice, emotional range and fluid vocalizations, Kevin R. Free is one of the narrators of the 2011 Audie Award-winning Here in Harlem and an Audie Award Finalist for his narration of The Red Pyramid (with Katherine Kellgren). Kevin was named a Golden Voice in 2012 by AudioFile Magazine and is a recipient of 10 Earphones Awards, including one for his narration of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Known World. A narrator of over 300 audiobooks since 2001, he is especially proud of his narration of several series including Martha Wells’s Murderbot Diaries, Walter Dean Myers’s The Cruisers, and Jay Bell’s Something Like. More info about Kevin can be found at www.kevinrfree.com.

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Not "could have" been...it WAS good

I am so confused about what a prior reviewer complaining of foul language was spouting off about. I didn't encounter anything at all like that in this story which was both captivating and jarring at the same time. Loved it, glad I listened.

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Wanna be SJW fan fiction

I suppose if you don't like police officers you will like this book, but it's just an attempt to cash in on the political climate. This is packaged like it's a futuristic novel about society when all it really is, is an attempt to show us that most of us are bad people and people like the author are the victims, regardless of their actions. I guess if you're pretty liberal you will love this book, but if not stay away..

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Great Narration

Kevin Free is one of the best narrators and his portrayal here is amazing.

The book is a bit of a rehash of Ready Player Two idea with a twist on BLM themes being portrayed.

Enjoyable short listen.

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Brilliant story!

I can’t wait for your next story Salim! I did not see that ending coming

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Excellent Short Story!!!

The story grabbed my attention and before I knew it was over. I wanted more! Would enjoy a full book sequel. Salim brought sci-fi into a fine line of reality. Enjoyed fully!

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are you kidding me

waste of time. so glad I didn't pay for it. enough said but I have to have 3 more words

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wow

I hope they pick this up for a black mirror episode. amazing! I'm shook lol

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Holy smokes

I don't like to know much about a book when I download it. I mean, I knew this was SF, and free, but that's it. So, even though I can claim I had no expectations, this book wasn't what I expected. At all. It was a real surprise. It deals with issues SF doesn't normally deal with, from a perspective that SF doesn't often have, and that not familiar with. Which, for me, means pretty much perfect. It would have been easy for me to overlook this piece. I'm so glad I didn't. You shouldn't either. Thirty-six minutes and free? Just do it.

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Audible should be ashamed. Just when we need to put division aside, Audible sanctions this tripe.

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Enjoyed this short story!

Love the perspective and details! I recommend this book for a short escape. Highly probable technology.

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Fantastic short story

Not what I expected, but totally gripping. A near future short story. Brilliantly extrapolating todays trends and obsessions. Would make an excellent Black Mirror episode