From New York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow, an epic tale of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death.
"Walkaway is now the best contemporary example I know of, its utopia glimpsed after fascinatingly-extrapolated revolutionary struggle." —William Gibson
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The two mercs who were dead-headed and scanned near the start of the book, and whose "murders" were used to justify the assaults by default on walkaway sites: I wonder if those two mercs were sent by Jacob Redwater to catch Iceweasel? It would totally make sense if so. The two mercs were Redwater's first attempt, which failed; and later he sent two more mercs, Nadie and her partner. Thoughts? (hide spoiler)]
The mercs were there as part of the operation against the university.
He could have moved on Iceweasal at any time, but he waited until there was a threat against to her because of the zotta(s) who were attacking the Walkaway community. She was no longer safe in Walkaway and had to be retrieved.(less) (hide spoiler)]
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I admit I went in blind to this only know the title, the cover, and the fact that I've been a big fan of Cory Doctorow ever since Little Brother. I thought it was going to be something of a thriller with perhaps a political and especially an awesome technological bent to it.
I didn't expect it to be this huge! The ideas in this novel can easily be ranked up with the very biggest novels of the last century.
Let me explain: Walkaway as a term is nothing more than dropping out of the ranks of th ...more
What you DO get is a speculative techno-utopia in which it's just assumed you can obtain the raw materials to manufacture arbitrarily complex technology such as 3D printers, "wet printers", lasers, ATVs and exoskeletal suits, and mountains of computers. Rare earth metals, anyone? Maybe if he'd just invoked nanotech, I might have been like, "OK, fine, whatever."
But the straw ...more
This is a really hard book to review, but on the other hand - I loved it.
It's not an easy book to read; I'm a reader who'll make her way through the average novel in half a day, and this took me a solid week. It's not a book you can skim or speed read through - every so often, in the middle of an escape or situating into a new moment, a character will begin ...more
So, (he asked rhetorically), can William Gibson, Kim Stanley Robinson and Neal Stephenson all be wrong? Based upon the blurbs for this book, yup, yup, yup. Either that or they all read the super secret version that has not yet been released unto the eyes of the profane, since I honestly see no way they read this turkey.
Characters randomly popped in ...more
I love Doctorow. I fell in love with Makers and never looked back. So, after Pirate Cinema, I was waiting for something new, and this book read in the byline like a new Makers. I was elated. Sadly, it was not.
The problem with this book was that it was just so sure of itself the whole time. The future was bleak, and rightfully so, but nothing felt tangible. The people were always spewing pages long rabble like a conversation between universi ...more
There are some things I loved. There is tons of diversity with pan, bi, lesbian characters as well as POC characters. I liked the science and ideas of a possible future, but there were a fair amount of things I didn't.
“We’re not doing nations anymore. We’re doing people, doing stuff. Nations mean governments, passports, borders.”
Kim Stanley Robinson meets Ursula K. LeGuin with vibrant page turning characters. Not a call to arms but a call to think - a new classic.
Everyone should read Walkaway.
I think it would have been better if Doctorow hadn't tried so hard to make the ending something resembling 'happy'. It just didn't fit the rest of the book.
Overall not bad, but not great.
That leads me to my first huge problem with Walkaway: ...more
Let’s start with what this book does well. The walkaway culture is probably the most workable and realistic alternative to capitalism I’ve read in the sci-fi genre in a long time. Unlike Ursula Le Guin’s rigidly controlled so ...more
Walkaway is a near future speculative fiction novel that looks at the economical and soc ...more
Then it got really dark and it made me sad.
Its a series of vignettes, snap shots into the lives of a group of characters taken at different times and from different points of view. One of these 'books' seemed pointless and unsatisfying to me, two of them I read twice in a row.
I feel like that format worked ...more
Definitely a strong Burning Man influence on Cory Doctorow ...more
I can't. I just can't.
I looked at the reviews and I wanted very much to like this book. I didn't want to be another person giving it a shit review. But I really didn't enjoy it. It was disjointed, pretentious and confusing. I see no point continuing, I have plenty of other books I'm looking forward to.
I just had a thought, am I too stupid to understand this book? Do I just not "get" it?
This book takes a lot from Burning Man and the ideas that inform it, but it misses the actual majesty of the burn: the glorious city rising out of stark nothing, the bustling and bubbling weirdness, the atavist ...more
The plot was about the whole "post-scarcity economy" and what would happen in the future if we could 3D print all the things an ...more
There is so much to consider and think about. Everything from climate change damaged environments, 3-d printing, mega-rich corporations and getting your personality uploaded to the cloud.
Set at least 100 years in the future, Doctorow's North America is fragmented, and damaged and split between "default" where life goes on in the usual capitalist way with the mega rich exploit ...more
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