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Wave goodbye to the American dream.

Just a heartbeat into the future, America is being dragged to its knees by social unrest and economic inequality. The furious pace of technological advancement has made medicine capable of near-miracles but has also enabled the widespread displacement of workers by automated systems. As unemployment and poverty levels rise to dangerous
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Published April 1st 2018 by Fernwood Publishing
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Dave
Insatiable Machine is a phrase referring to a corporate- state system that insatiably gobbles up everything. In a future world where the United States is sharply divided into rich cities and surrounding districts of abandoned buildings, lawlessness, and poverty, six major corporations control the world. Robots, nanotechnology, video stars, and prosthetic arms are s important as the major characters. What happens when he masses take the red pill and realize that the powers that be - the Deep ...more
James Fisher
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Note: this review is based on an Advance Reading Copy. The released edition may differ depending on final edits.)

One of the new Spring 2018 releases from Roseway Publishing (which is an imprint of Fernwood Publishing) is the "speculative" fiction/sci-fi thriller Insatiable Machine. Roseway kindly sent me an ARC to review in advance of its upcoming release. Speculative fiction relies less on the science part than on what the world may look like a number of years from now, not the next century
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Edwin Howard
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bleak dystopian future that is quickly getting worse, INSATIABLE MACHINE, by Zoe Robertson, drops the reader into a world where those in power are gaining more power while those who are struggling are forced to struggle even more. A well-respected doctor specializing in medical technology, her journalist husband, and her daughter, a online video activist, are all quickly engulfed in the inevitable uprising of the oppressed to take back their place in society.
While dystopian futures on the
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Matt
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book relentlessly shows us what we have to lose if stop engaging or paying attention to the corporations and governments slowly absorbing each other in our peripheral vision. If ever there was a relevant book for our times this is it. Totally evocative of Neil Stephensen's snow crash or the sprawl trilogy.

Not so much science fiction as a kind highly-believable near-future thriller. The characters (and especially our protagonist Skyie) are totally relatable and breath life into the world
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Mathew
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Insatiable Machine is sort of a dystopian political thriller. The opening section raises moral philosophical issues whose ultimate implications gradually unfold. I don't want to spoil it by saying to much as an element of mystery is part of what makes it work, but the issues are both historically relevant and resonant with contemporary culture. What happens when technology that evolves too fast is confronted by human nature? The exploration of this is well handled and convincing. This unfolding ...more
Dave Milbrandt
Without a doubt, I enjoyed the dystopian elements of the tale that served as a warning against some of our excesses of today, but there were some technical issues (not sure if it was in the original, or a byproduct of print to Kindle transfer) that made the timeline confusing at times. Also, while I am not a complete prude, the use of language seemed a bit excessive. A few choice words in the course of everyday conversation makes sense, but the liberal use of F-bombs, for example caused them to ...more
Brian Gaston
The book started off slow and I put it down a couple of times but the narrative picked up well as the book progressed. The characters progressed well too. It is a message book but never got too preachy. A 3.5 -- not a 4 because of the beginning.
John
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thoughtful corporate tech dystopia, with a thrilling action packed third act.
Lindsey Roberts
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The synopsis for Insatiable Machine caught my eye and I was thrilled to be approved for an ARC.

I wasn’t certain when I started it. It took a few chapters to get into it: the narrations changed in quick succession and it was tricky to get a feel on who were the good guys and what was wrong with the country. There was a lot of technology and concepts introduced and I wasn’t sure what was going on.

All that changed after a couple of chapters. You connect with the characters, you come
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DNF. Did not grab my attention from the git go. At no point did the author explain what was happening in this future society and how it was all tied together with disjointed scenes and dialogue. I do not like to think too much figuring out what the author is up to.
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