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Exploring issues of corporate hegemony, Pap is truly a 21st century dystopia. It describes a world where a single corporation, PapCorp, has come to dominate all facets of daily life from security to water, agriculture to the news. Through their omnipotent PapDrive Corneal Implants, without which modern life would be impossible, PapCorp even influences what people see aroun ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published March 21st 2016 by Arena Books Ltd
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Hanna Hámori
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Adam Mathews' Pap is a curved mirror to our age, our social, political, environmental and economical issues. Since I read it, more and more things are actually coming true of those written in the book, which is rather frightening.
The strory is so close to us, yet the style is really thrilling it was hard to put it down at all. The characters are realistic, the places are well-known for most europeans. The problems raised in the novel are the problems of our time, and this piece of art is a great
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Ryan Drean
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for Dystopian worlds with a heavy Tech influence. More specifically I enjoy seeing worlds where future tech is imagined. PAP is lousy with that and does it pretty well in my opinion. I'm not a big "review-writer" guy on here for reasons I've mentioned (mainly, I have big respect for the people who spend quality time on their reviews) and don't really have time to get super detailed. NO SPOILERS from me but I'll touch a couple areas you might be interested in...

1. The Writing - it re
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Jim Bilbro
I really wanted to like this book; I mean, I got it for free (in exchange for a review), and it looked really promising: a distopian future setting used as a critique of our present age and a warning of what may be in store for us. Unfortunately, I was quickly disabused of my hopes.

First, I kept waiting (and waiting) for the characters to do something - anything! - that showed a little initiative and for the plot to give me a little dramatic conflict to hang on to, something against which the ch

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Sally Hannoush
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I want to start out with a quote from the book. "A city with its soul ripped out." It seems like a good tagline for the book. There was a lot of uncaring despiration- both with the rich and the poor. All the technology that leads our lives instead of reality of what is around us is becoming more real as each year passes. The media showing us only what they want to and spinning things to make the "big guy" look good. Who can you trust? We see a few different points of views in the story which giv ...more
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Adam R. Mathews is a novelist and a teacher, a scientist and a cyclist. Equally at home managing language schools or running degrowth workshops, he is an incessant traveller and a keen localist.

After the concept of an all-pervasive corporation came to him while walking in Manchester’s Whitworth Park, Adam spent a decade stewing on his neo-liberal dystopia before he started to write. In that time h
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