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(Centenal Cycle #1)

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It's been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global micro-democracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections. With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything's on the line.

With power comes co
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by
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Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's easy to get stuck in a rut and ignore the good SF out there that is idea-rich and go for the more common spy-tech thriller. Fortunately, this one has both. Mishima is a great post-cyberpunk spy, or perhaps it might be better to call her a spymaster. The world is run by information, and the Information department makes certain everyone's informed. That's especially good when the world has gone democratic in a much more advanced information age than what we've got now.

The sweetest part of thi
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

In the latter half of the twentieth century, most of the world (a few areas like Saudi Arabia excepted) has moved to a form of government called micro-democracy. The world is divided into “centenals” of about 100,000 people each, and each centenal votes for its own separate government. The political party that wins control of the most centenals wins the Supermajority, which gives that party additional political clout and power, although the specifi
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
4ish stars.

I liked this way more than I expected to. I'm typically not into political sci-fi especially when it's idea-heavy versus character-driven like this is. The ideas are just so intelligent and relevant and interesting that it worked for me.

To be honest, I wasn't sure how long I'd be able to last. The first part of the novel is all politics and info-dump. We see the world through the eyes of a few different characters but they seem to be there only incidentally because we don't really le
So I may be a bit biased in my assessment of this book. Unlike many other sci-fi and fantasy stories with brash, action oriented kick-ass heroes saving the day, the real heroes of this book are number crunchers, data analysts, and nerds. Sure there is also a ninja in the employ of a global information corporation, but she does her time in analyzing data just like the everyone else. Being an electron shephard myself I have always thought the importance of data analysis and control was under appre ...more
Oct 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a really good book that I didn't particularly enjoy. Definitely a case it's not you, it's me. The politics of real life are a bit too horrifying for me right now to appreciate politics in my fiction.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
To be fair , i was not into this book from the beginning , so i felt kind of forced to finish it. That aside the book never grabbed me, the premise behind it was that in the future all countries have united somehow and have become fewer entities (conglomerates of countries) , Every 20 years there is an election that determines which one of the major players gains the supermajority (world domination in a way). the society is stratified in such a way that there this units called centennials that r ...more
May 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is not at all what I was expecting. I saw the "ocracy" and thought it would be an information government. Instead, it's more like this company called Information gathers data and analyzes it to track the election process. They're the source for absolutely all types of information so it's not just elections, but elections are what the book is about.

I think this was a pretty good book but I didn't really love it. The characters seemed very two dimensional to me and the story itself was so hea
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In the future, countries don’t exist anymore. The planet is a patchwork of independent governments, ruling constituents in blocs of 10,000 neighbors at a time. Every 10 year there’s an election in which governments try to get the most territories possible — the Supermajority. Watching over all of this is Information, a sort of global internet-news source-election commission-social media hybrid of an organization. But not everyone loves Information, or the election cycle. This book, told from the ...more
Actual rating 3.5

So I enjoyed this book, it was well organized, well written and the idea well processed. So why I cannot give it more than 3.5 stars? I don’t know really! Just that it didn’t have anything to grasp me, to excite me at some moments, to make me grab something and cannot let go. It just didn’t.

This book is a political thriller/techno spy book and happens in a future which nations/countries have less power than the policy of the governor. Basically worlds is divided to “centenals”
K.J. Charles
Sep 10, 2017 added it
Shelves: sci-fi
I gave this a try at the end of last year when I was in bleak despair about politics, and had to give up because the existence of fictional politics on top of real was just more than I could handle. I'm extremely glad I came back to it. This is a cracking techno-futurist thriller about information, democracy, election-stealing and more, a highly enjoyable twisty tale of political skulduggery with plenty to think about. (I love the idea of microdemocracy--the world divided into centenals of 100K ...more
Scott  Hitchcock
DNF @15%

Maybe it was just too soon to read a book with a political tone with the continuing unrest in the country between the libbies and pubbies but the story also lacked a direction and the writing didn't flow.
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Probably the easiest 5 stars I'll give this year, what a great book! And it's the author's first so that makes it even more surprising.

There's a lot in here that probably flew right over my head, mostly because I don't follow politics, but the story was told in a very engaging way with very engaging characters.

It's an extremely interesting view at what the world would be like with global democracy and an all encompassing information system. What happens when people try to exploit the system?
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Malka Older is a prescient über educated marvel and her debut novel reflects this. A tale of election fraud released in 2016? Genius.

Infomocracy is a near future, globe trotting, political thriller. Global politics have become Centenal based, in other words land areas encompassing one hundred thousand people are effectively their own nation state. There are many global parties to choose from (gasp! more than two, who could possibly keep up?) and every ten years there is a global election for th
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Review from Tenacious Reader:

Infomocracy by Malka Ann Older was a fascinating blend of technology, politics, big corporations and conspiracy. Everything in this world revolves around Information, a corporatized database of sorts that contains pretty much everything. It’s like Google, research libraries and government databases all rolled into one mega-powered Information solution. Pretty much, it’s all the information in the world contained and controlled
P. Kirby
Goodreads needs an "I give up" option, rather than "I'm finished."

Infomocracy's premise is timely, especially after the recent debacle that was the U.S. presidential election. Namely, a premise where given access to heaps and heaps of information, the average voter still remains uninformed and distracted by the shiny.

There was a study, done with minimally educated voters who, given a hypothetical ballot, picked the names of famous serial killers over randomly generated names as well as over tho
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I feel like a good portion of this book went over my head, and it took me several weeks to finish it. That's several weeks of googling political and economic terms side-by-side with the novel. That DOES NOT MEAN I DIDN'T LOVE IT. I love working hard for an enjoyable reading experience if the experience is actually worth it, which this was.

I think Older has written an entertaining, brilliant, and somewhat terrifying glimpse into what the future may have in store for us. Corporate assassins, micro
Viv JM
This was quite an enjoyable techno-political dystopian thriller. Occasionally, it felt a bit too much like watching the news - what with the US elections, Brexit and so on! However, although it was an interesting read, I felt the characters were a little bit flat, and at times I just found it a bit boring (though maybe that comes from feeling a bit politicked-out in real life). I do think it was well written though, especially for a first novel, and I would certainly consider reading more from M ...more
I don't think this book really knows what it's for, or what it's trying to do.

If it does, it sure hasn't given me any hints.

Infomocracy presents a world where politics have become both much, much bigger, and much, much smaller. It's a micro-democracy - the world has been split into "centenals," blocs of 100,000 people each, and each centenal elects its very own government. What does remain vast and global is an outfit called Information - an all-encompassing entity providing instant, constant in
Stevie Kincade
(Audiobook) 4.5 stars

If she were to choose the quote that is found above the entrances to Information offices worldwide, it would be the one that said "Democracy is the worst system...except for all the other ones".

"Infomocracy" is a brilliant political thriller set in the not-too distant future. Malka Older's world runs on "micro democracies" which are made up of individual "Sentinels" of 100,000 voters.

Our story is set during election season in the 3rd ever global vote to determine the "sup
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
(Warning: basic plot spoilers ahead)

Finished this tonight and really enjoyed it. This is a political science fiction thriller set in a future world where countries are replaced by units of 100,000 people called centenals. This is referred to as microdemocracy. Each of these centenals is able to vote on their own form of government, and the government with the most centenals (known as the supermajority) acts as the intergovernmental peacekeeper.

Ken is working on the campaign for Policy1st, who b
I had high expectations with this one, but I knew it wasn’t my cup of tea within the first few chapters. So the rest of what I read felt like pure torture :)

I loved the whole setup, the idea of centennals, the concept of micro democracies but that’s it. I didn’t care for the characters, I think the author didn’t give us a chance to get to know them.
I wouldn’t say this book is a thriller, although the blurb says it is. Political? Yes. Sci-fi? Yes. Thriller? Uhm… I don’t think so.

I think the main
Matthew Quann
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
In the near-future world of Infomocracy, the world's political system is comprised of territories divided into 100 000 person "Centenals" who vote to elect a global supermajority. In Older's story, we're quickly approaching the third global election--they happen once a decade--and all sorts of backstabbing, espionage, campaigning, and technological manipulation lie between the election and a new world order. Complicating matters is search-engine-become-law, Information, which regulates the distr ...more
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, Charles Stross's Singularity Sky, and television's The West wing collide in this debut novel by Malka Older.
The world has been divided into micro-democracies with populations of 100,000 each and every 10 years these "franchises" vote on their leadership and the party that won the most "centenals" becomes the ruling party. What will people do to ensure that their party stays in power or that that their party comes into power?
Malka Older delivers a novel that puts the
~Dani~ LazyTurtle's Books
Futurists worlds where geographic lines basically cease to exist almost seem to be a thing this year. It is a really interesting concept and I am enjoying reading the ideas even if this particular book didn't do much for me.

In Infomocracy, all but a handful of countries have ceased to exist. In their stead are the centenals, neighborhoods of 100,000 people that can vote on their own government regardless of what neighboring centenels may vote for. The government that controls the most centenals
Didi Chanoch
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Max Gladstone blurb for this book is "If you always wanted to put The West Wing in a particle accelerator with Snow Crash to see what would happen, read this book," and I it's as good a single line pitch as any for it.

Older does an incredible job creating a believable future, with complex politics and tech and a society that is different than any we know, and yet is clear descendant of our world. I'm usually a character guy, and while this book has many diverse, interesting, and distinct ch
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Can you give me the definition of the word.
"To work for the success of a particular candidate, party, or ticket in an election."

Can you use the word in a sentence.
"The election will not be lost or won as the result of a few weeks of electioneering."

This book is a real struggle. I haven't finished but sometimes i write early reviews as a cathartic release. The purging of my negative emotions helps me finish the book.
If you find the endless coverage of Russian influence
Miquel Codony
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Valoración: 4 estrellas.

Me ha parecido una buena novela de ciencia ficción por las ideas que desarrolla sobre la democracia y su posible evolución (además me llega en un momento en el que, por lo que pasa en mi tierra, el tema de las nacionalidades y como tomar decisiones para el conjunto de la sociedad me genera muchas preguntas, así que me ha interesado doblemente). En cierta medida es más rico el escenario que plantea que la trama, pero los personajes son interesantes y en cualquier caso ha m
Elle Maruska
This is a hard review to write because I honestly don't know how I feel about this book.

First off, this is a political thriller more than anything else. Which is fine! I really love political thrillers tbh and the politics in this book are so well-researched and so well explored. The author's worldbuilding is excellent; every detail is accounted for and makes sense. It's recognizably our world but with enough innovation to keep the book firmly in the speculative fiction camp. The idea of micro-d
Review originally published here: https://thecurioussffreader.wordpress...

Infomocracy is a near future science-fiction book following a story set in a society where almost everyone can access to Information a system which is basically Google meets government databases and allows everyone to access everything from everywhere because, in this world, it's actually illegal to hide information from, well, Information. All the states under the Information system are organized in centenals (groups of 1
Daniel José Older is her brother, talented family! I'm very much looking forward to trying his books.

My election fatigue (in June 2016) was a bit of a problem in my enjoyment of this book, it might have felt more fun eighteen months from now when I've started to recover from the current insanity in the U.S. But I liked the concept. It reminded me a bit of parts of Snow Crash where the many people were living in small communities with their own identities, police forces, etc, but this book took i
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