The Penultimate Truth
World War III is raging - or so the millions of people crammed in their underground tanks believe. For fiteen years, subterranean humanity has been fed on daily broadcasts of a never-ending nuclear destruction, sustained by a belief in the all powerful Protector.
But up on Earth's surface, a different kind of reality reigns. East and West are at peace. Acro...more
(view spoiler)[As soon as the time technology was introduced, I thought I knew where it was going: that the falsified documentaries at the heart of their civilization were either real or were their own product, sent back in time. PKD didn't go there. He went on a complet ...more
Shows what I know. Thank goodness for my pal EssJay ...more
Another fantastic book by Philip K. Dick, but then again he is my favorite author so I might be a little biased. This book however didn't have as much of the "mind-blowing" aspects to it as some of his other books. None the less it was a great read. It still had a somewhat "Dickian" storyline, however, just not that wow factor I was talking about. If it had a little more of that than the book would have been easily a 5 star book, but instead I am going with 4. Another reason is because I wish it ...more
This time the st ...more
We start the book in underground warrens where the population has been living since the start of the war, which still rages up on the surface after 15 years. We know exactly what to expect from about page two; we're going to get a book full of underground crises with a huge plot twist at the end when it turns out the war's been over for years.
Except this is PKD, so we find out the war's been over in chapter 2; up above (where the rest of the book takes place), there ...more
Overall, this PKD book is intriguing and characteristically fast-paced, but less polished than his later or better-know ...more
The Penultimate Truth captures many of the th ...more
The problem I found with The Penultimate Truth is essentially the reverse of my thoughts relating to The Man In The High Castle. In other words, there is no doubt that there is a well defined and thou ...more
The tempting thing for some reade ...more
This one's a bit of a more "conservative" SF novel born out of the Cold War, we have most of mankind living underground after World War 3, (minor spoiler which is revealed in the second chapter or so ...more
Questions to ponder over before I forget:
What do I make of Joe Adams? Someone who had some semblance of scruples but lacked the courage to go against the status quo, because his current, comfortable life depended on it. Yet when he was presented an opportunity to kill Brose, he ran away. Was he an act of cowardice? He knew then, that Lantano was the one responsible for the murders, but he didn't know the extent of Lantano's evi ...more
A lot of what went on didn't make sense. We could have used a little more info on the state of the world and the motives of those living above ground.
I also have literally NO idea how Lantano was 600 years old. Even if he ...more
Dick deploys the familiar theme of a future society where those in power control society by telling the world continuous lies. Earth's population consists of the elite, living above ground in huge estates, supported by plebeians, living below ground, in the assumption that a vast global war has is ravishing the earth's surface.
Obviously, though glossing over it, Dick describes an elitist soc ...more
The various political maneuvers between the characters are enjoyable to read about, as are the discussions on how control is mai ...more