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Cash Crash Jubilee

(Jubilee Cycle #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  202 ratings  ·  39 reviews
A cyber-dystopian thriller unlike any other.

In a near future Tokyo, every action—from blinking to sexual intercourse—is intellectual property owned by corporations that charge licensing fees. A BodyBank computer system implanted in each citizen records their movements from moment to moment, and connects them to the audio-visual overlay of the ImmaNet, so that every inch of
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Talos
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Imagine living in an ultra-high-tech society, so deeply ingrained in virtual reality and cyberspace that all the actions you make are logged and billed for. Every time you blink, breathe a sigh, shout a swear word, grit your teeth, kiss a loved one, or even just relax in a resting position of your choice – all that information is being recorded into the BodyBank, a computer system implanted in each of our bodies. All your
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book!

I`m not a big fan of cyberpunk, but this author had what it takes to make a book interesting to continue with it.

Maybe the book has some flaws, but the worldbuilding is so overwhelming and special, that you get over those minor aspects.

The story isn`t something big, but I liked the various grades of intensity that where put into it so I`m could not be a big critic of this aspect, either.

Overall, a really nice effort.

Really worth more than a look!
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I’ll be up front. I haven’t finished this yet. But I’ve been in a real reading slump, and this is the first book to make me take notice in a very long time. I’m reading it slowly, and enjoying every page. It’s always fun to read about other people’s visions of the future and compare them to our current reality. I can see glimpses of what William is predicting – a world in which nearly every move we make is one that we must pay for and to be discreditable a cardinal sin- in our own lives. I may ...more
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
You want to be confronted with a cyberpunk envisioning of our future so obtuse, so obscure and so ridiculous you laugh at it ... only to feel an intense feeling of fear because of how plausible it is? Well I'm sure no one wants that, but you're gonna get it and you're gonna deal with it.

Eli KP Williams hides nothing behind metaphor and symbolism in his extensive and colorful descriptions of the world, giving you vastly detailed expositions that will reduce your brain to a pile of pink neon goo.
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, it was bright and bold and sly and clever. This world might freak me out worse than any other dystopian world because I can see the path from here to there so easily. It isn't the usual dystopian book, it isn't dark and dreary, so don't be turned off boy that word. This one is all bright lights and big city. All the freedom you can earn, it'sPax Economica . They have to pay for everything, everything has been copywrited and is owned by one of the major corporations. ...more
Mar 27, 2016 rated it liked it
This book frustrated me. The first third of the book is almost entirely exposition and world building and while it was extremely detailed and thought out, it became pretty tedious after a while and I wasn't sure I was going to finish the book. But eventually things actually started happening, there was actual dialogue, and I found myself invested in what happens and how the story ends. I finally got to the climax and every story line is left as an unresolved cliffhanger. I know it is part one of ...more
Robert Priest
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Highly imaginative beautifully written dystopian thriller. The author manages the very difficult task of conveying the highly visual superficialities of the environment with a superbly fluid prose style. While the ambience is way out there the human story at the center of it — a love story — does the work of grounding and centering the reader for the dynamic ride of the narrative. As good a first book as anyone is likely to encounter. Can't wait for the rest of the trilogy.
Kalyn Barrick
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wavered on whether this book was a three or four star book. Ultimately, I settled on four due to the incredible world that the author creates. Yes, its simply a dystopian view of capitalism, but the sheer amount of detail that he dives into and creates makes this book a unique and intriguing read. The author does tend to be a bit long-winded (that's an understatement) but the parts that are good are really good, sometimes you just have to slog through a chapter of descriptions. All in all, I ...more
James Spencer
Feb 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book is best categorized as: young adult, cyber punk, futuristic science fantasy.

Innovative economic concepts fail to overcome poorly defined characters through an illogical nightmare maze of out-of-character choices.

I struggled to get past so many glaring issues that it was actually painful to finish this book. Some of the concepts are great but the execution was unforgivablely poor.

When offered the choice of learning the answer to the question driving the male lead character, he instead
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not the average debut SciFi novel, mainly because of the writing style. Some say the flow is slow and it's a real reading slump academia, but this is just a kind of a Japanese writing style. For those who saw them, imagine a mix of the movies Paprika and Matrix and you have a general idea of what to expect of this book.
The main focus is on decors, details, the immersion into a world rather than into a string of actions. You are invited to explore and think about what you discover not to
John Adkins
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Novel of A Microtransactional Future

In this debut novel, the author delivers a unique dystopia where all actions are licensed from curse words to a sigh. Even walking comes with a micro-transaction licensing fee. Our hero, Amon, works as a liquidator, sort of a combination IRS agent/cop in this world and has learned to live frugally. His every breathe is measured and his accounts are slowly increasing as he saves towards his dream of visiting a forest until everything falls apart.
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wow! I was super impressed by this one. I wouldn't go into the plot as you can read the synopsis above, but this one had me hooked from the beginning. The world building is absolutely amazing, and I was constantly thinking about it even when I wasn't reading. It's a bit of a dense read and there is a lot of description, so it took me a bit longer to read than other books. However, I was really impressed with the plot and the level
John Catton
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a work of outstanding imagination, but at the same time, it’s not an easy read! It’s Tokyo in the future, and the sights and sounds and smells are similar ... the dazzling neon, the blaring loudspeakers, the pervasive smell of ramen ... but the tech-speak and lifestyles of the characters is bewildering at first. That sounds like Cyberpunk, but really, this novel is much more than that. It’s an engrossing thriller in a fully-realized world - and I’ve heard that Book 2 has just come out!
Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Imagine a world where you are charged a fee for every breath, blink and sigh. Where corporations control the rights to most of your bodily functions and the basics you take for granted like chewing, sitting, and talking, cost you money. In this world, when a person comes of age, an internal body bank CPU is installed. The BodyBank, a nano computer system, records and tallies the majority of bodily functions and payment is then made to the corporation who owns each function’s license. At this ...more
Adam Fernandes
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I didn't know what to expect when I first saw this book. He's a new author and that always peaks my interest, especially in sci-fi. The reason for that is because I'm always curious about the vision the author has for the future society they envision and how possible it is. This is possibly one the most original visions of a future society I've read but the story itself is so grounded in reality and the metaphors he's making are so clear, it did keep me hooked.

The society he imagines is one
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
A cyberpunk near-future in which Tokyo becomes an Ayn Randian dystopia (or utopia, I guess, depending on your perspective).

In the tradition of Brave New World and 1984, Cash Crash Jubilee explores the implications of a radically transformed social order through an extreme conjecture of where current trends might lead. It's a meditation on the concept of a absolutist-capitalist society, explored in depth, at a macro- level and a micro- level.

It's got wit and humor regarding the commercialization
Cole Power
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways, library
I got this book (and part 2) free from a giveaway, and so I didn't know anything about it, and had no expectations going into it. Almost as soon as page 1, I was finding myself hooked on the story and it's suspense had me wanting to know what was going to happen next the whole way through. It's a perfect sci-fi action-thriller book for anyone who likes things like The Matrix, 1984, or Blade Runner/Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. The only complaint I had while reading was that it seemed like ...more
Jennifer Ann
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a book written by a Brit(?) that lives in Japan. There are LOTS of big (but not too disgustingly big) vocab words, so that was awesome. There are a few paragraphs I felt we're unnecessary, but only a few and they are scattered throughout. It helps to have some cultural understanding but it's probably not necessary. This is a book to be savored at a somewhat leisurely pace, which is not how I usually read (sadly, though I'd like to), and though the story line is not achingly slow, it's ...more
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: readharder2016
For #readharder2016 we're tasked with reading a dystopian novel. This is set in a world where literally everything you can do or say has been licensed by a corporation and your body is hooked up to your bank account so every time you do anything you have to pay the rights to the license owner. I felt like the attempt at a love story was weak and unnecessary, but the world building is so fascinating and clever in this one that I'll keep an eye out for the sequel. Love seeing an anti-cap take on ...more
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Best example of something from the cyberpunk genre that I've read in a long time. While it has all the standard elements (corporations have taken over, technological advances have not led to increased overall satisfaction in life, body modification, etc) it incorporates them without making them the entire focus of the story.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good book with lots of details that really brought the world to life.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
I honestly only picked up this book because it was on sale at Ollie's Outlet for $2.99 and be it far from me to pass up any good book deal. I'm also just generally intrigued by cyberpunk premises, and this one sounded great. The premise is great. Essentially, it's capitalism and technology gone totally wild, where humans are charged for acts like blinking and breathing, and bankruptcy is worth than death. It has all of the hallmarks of cyberpunk, from government corruption to flying cars and a ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Cash Crash Jubilee came up as a recommended title from Audible based on my previous listens / reads. The jacket certainly sounds like something I would enjoy: future cyber punk dystopia where everyone wears a "body bank" computer that interfaces you to the world continuously. Every action you take involves a license fee of some kind. I was eager to see what it was all about. What followed was hours and hours of the tedium of Amon Kenzaki's life. His blinks, his breaths, his steps on the ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really hate to give this book two stars. I really do. But, I feel I must.

For starters, it's well-written and interesting and I like the characters and I was drawn in to the world the author created. The author does get a bit verbose in elaborate visual descriptions that can become a chore to try to imagine, but you can always skim those parts. What infuriates me so much I couldn't bring myself to score it higher is the author presented a problem and then left you hanging at the very end.

Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. It's split into three parts, each taking up roughly a third of the book. The first part is highly descriptive of an interesting and unique take on a cyberpunk future, but really low on action. It can be dense and a little boring. The second part has a better balance of description and action, but still feels slow. It's not until the final third that the action picked up and I couldn't put the book down, and now I want to get the next one. If you can make it ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: digital, audio
This was a tough rating to decide. On the one hand this is great cyberpunk with a terrifying vision of the future of capitalism. On the other hand that terrifying vision is painfully claustrophobic and intensely uncomfortable. Reading this book will definitely raise your blood pressure.

My only real complaint is that the protagonist is absurdly naive and seems incapable of learning distrust or healthy cynicism.
Sherry Schwabacher
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The first two-thirds of the book was taken up building this very dense digital world. It was interesting but slow. When it finally got moving, I loved it. Then it ended! Yes, it was that kind of trilogy. It just ends with a cliffhanger. So, unless you want to commit to THREE books, pass on this one.
David Hunter
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Although the basic premise feels really unlikely, the story is generally well-written and well-told. I enjoyed the descriptions of the different kinds of advertisements, and the action sequences were clear and fun.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Now this, this is a true mindfuck dystopia.
Patrick Chin
Nov 27, 2015 rated it liked it
A book with wonderful scary ideas about what we stand to lose in the face of technological integration into all aspects of our lives and bodies. Especially because of the inevitable and absolute interdependence of tech and economics. Very topical if we look at the way tech and social media are already shaping the minds of kids growing up with them.

The author paints an extremely detailed world that is overflowing with all kinds of vivid imagery, with a serviceable story. But getting through this
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Canadian author of The Jubilee Cycle, a single dystopian novel told in 3 books, including Cash Crash Jubilee (Skyhorse 2015) and The Naked World (Skyhorse 2017). Originally from Toronto, he has been working in Tokyo as a Japanese translator for almost a decade, and has contributed articles to such media as The Japan Times,, Writer’s Digest, The Pacific Rim Review of Books, Now Magazine, ...more

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