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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  9 reviews
In the future world of Scorch, America is run by a “corporacracy.” Three conglomerates have taken control not by force but by manipulating common beliefs and values through the media, and particularly by playing on Americans’ fears of Big Brother. Consumerism and privatization have run amok in this landscape of flashing screens and subtle brainwashing, a world where even c ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published November 20th 2001 by Soft Skull Press (first published May 10th 2001)
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Fairly completely realised imagination of a dystopian USA future; somewhat disconcerting to read in the context of the recent past performance of US politics and international policy, especially the introduction and ongoing dissemination of the "Patriot Act", and the ongoing "War to dominate the World's resources while we bankrupt our own economy and oops! the rest of the global market", aka the 'war on terror'.

One can postulate that total domination of the internal population, by using fear and
Brady Dale
One of my favorite underground sci-fi books of all time. You'll hate the cover. You'll love the protagonists. She takes two steps back for every three steps forward, and you'll find yourself screaming every time she gives in to the "mainstream," but that's also why you'll love her.

This books is great. Too bad the author has not been given more opportunities. She deserves them.
Jon Carlos
A silly, vapid fantasy that fancies itself a dystopian possibility while coming across like a satire of the Marxist worldview.
This book nearly gets a four. It's sooooo close. The only thing stopping it is that it doesn't quite do what it sets out to do. That and the ending isn't very good. If you want to read a great distopian book about media and advertisements taking over the world this one does the trick.
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Not particularly imaginative.
I'd rate this a 3.5 if I could. Good writing, and a scary dystopian concept. I really enjoyed it.
Brady Dale
This book got lost in the shuffle of SOFT SKULL's crazy time. It merits a revival.
very slow and not exciting; no happy ending
engaging more for its themes than its prose.
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