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3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In the 23rd Century, corporations have replaced nations, and executives have absolute rule. But when an underground enclave of independent workers threatens the system, executive Dominic Jedes must negotiate with them face to face.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 27th 2004 by Ace
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Lis Carey
Jan 12, 2011 Lis Carey rated it liked it
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It's the 23rd century, and the world is a wasteland caused by pollution and global warming. Exposure to the unfiltered air or water leads rapidly to cancer or other nasty conditions. Giant corporations, now known as Coms, dominate the world, and their privileged executive class as well as many of their protected employees, or "protes", live in domed cities. The Coms are in a more or less constant struggle with the Orgs, especially the biggest, baddest Org of them all, the WTO. (It's worth ...more
Mar 05, 2009 Paul rated it really liked it
Two hundred years from now, Earth has become a toxic wasteland. Everyone lives in domes. Global warming has pushed the temperate climates farther north, rendering the area around the equator uninhabitable. Corporations called coms have takien over, ruling billions of protes, or "protected persons" (actually, little better than slaves).

Dominic Jedes is about to become president of ZahlenBank, the only institution more powerful than the coms. He isn't just the son of Richter Jedes, the bank's foun
Scott Holstad
Jul 23, 2014 Scott Holstad rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
In a word: stupid. Stupid, stupid, stupid. The writing is awful, the characters hollow, and the plot is dumb. It's the 23rd century and mega-corporations called Coms rule the world. One of the biggest, ZahlenBank, is overseen by a dying man whose son, Dominic, is about to take over. Now, how much do you think one of the largest corporations of the 23rd century would be worth? Five hundred billion? A trillion? I think it would be a lot, whatever the number. So imagine my surprise when Dominic ...more
May 26, 2012 Macha rated it really liked it
4 stars. pretty straightforward stuff; reads nice and clean, no clutter. mildly interesting characters, well-portrayed. near-future dystopic. i'd give it a 3 & a half star rating: doesn't try to do much, hits its marks. except that, written in 2004, it perfectly predicts the actual 2009 crash, the worldview that made it, the banking practices, the end result. for a junk sf thriller, that's a pretty accurate extrapolation, i'd say, so points for that.
Mar 26, 2013 arjuna rated it liked it
A nice jaunty little read; overall trajectory is fairly clear from the beginning, and the workers vs exploitative upper class thing isn't new, but it's fresh enough to be fun, and Buckner keeps her hero and his immediate surrounds interesting - particularly when the action is confined to the isolated underwater world of the rebels. Fewer marks for the secondary characters and villain who seem rather thin. Nevertheless: enjoyable, vivid, marks the author as one to watch.
Apr 27, 2009 Matt rated it liked it
This was decent. Another sci-fi about the privileged few looking down upon and abusing the masses. It covers a lot about the combining of man and machine, and how a computer chip implant can completely take over the human mind.
Nov 08, 2014 Lee rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoy the dystopian future this author paints. The fate of these characters is not all that unbelievable and the story holds together pretty well throughout.
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Mary M. Buckner is a hard science fiction author with an M.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University. Her first novel, Hyperthought was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick award, and War Surf won the award in 2005.
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