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Democracy Inc

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  32 reviews
In a world without death...
she is dead.

Titus is no hero. Not even close. He’s not your typical eighteen-year-old, either. This is his fourth life . . . even if he can’t remember the ones that came before it.

Welcome to the Corporate States of America. For the poor, it’s a struggle to survive. The rich? They clone themselves, living their lives of excess on repeat.

But rich o
Kindle Edition, 444 pages
Published December 8th 2017 by Obsidian Dawn
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***Note: I received a copy curtesy of Netgalley and Obsidian Dawn in exchange for an honest review.

The setting is pretty much made clear from the blurb: America as we know it is no more. Free enterprise has devolved into a world ruled by megacorporations. The ultra-rich govern from their towers in the sky while the lower-class toil in the gutters just to survive. The corporate states work together to maximize profits and keep the masses placated through the Orbis, a virtual realityscape of on
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the world that Democracy Inc. was but didn't love the characters as much as I wanted to. Full review will be posted at ...more
Larry L Wartsbaugh
Joseph John is an excellent writer. His books are filled with vivid and graphic detail and thoughtful character development. One likes the heroes immediately, feels the tension of the main character Titus when he is unsure about someone and the same admiration he feels when he admires someone. Futuristic action adventure book with lots of action on every page, and the bad guys don't always turn out to be who you thought they might be. Can't wait for the sequel. ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: solid, ya, dystopia
Books like this have an uphill battle to fight. They have to know everyone is coming to this as approximately the 75th technocratic dystopian oligarchy they've experienced. Fahrenheit 451? Check. Neuromancer? Check. Pure? Check.

The challenge is for Democracy Inc to deliver something real and new that doesn't get lost in the wash of familiarity -- which isn't impossible! A single well-crafted relationship can make a book awesome, or a new twist on a well-known world. For me, the closest this boo
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Captain, she’s disabled our defenses. Our shields are down!”

Nebraska born author Joseph John’s biographical information as described by the author adds immeasurably to the full appreciation of this his second novel (his debut novel THE EIGHTH DAY is already a classic). He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, where he began writing poetry and short stories and poetry. ‘In 1998, I graduated from West Point and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in Army Aviation. I a
Mandy Walkden-Brown
Action, conspiracy, intriguing tech and a formidably good read.

Incredibly adept author places the reader right in the midst of this darkly oppressive future society where the corporations are in control and bottom-line profits are the new god.

Titus Remington, profligate, irreverent and entitled, suddenly finds himself thrust into a position of authority as he's expected to take up the mantle of his disgraced father.

This was such an enjoyable, engrossing and sleep-depriving book, deftly writte
Bran Pendergrass
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-netgalley
***I was provided this ARC in exchange for honest reviews***

Ever think about what might happen if when you keep buying products from megacorporation’s and discredit what your government can do for you? Well you will find out exactly how terrifying your life could be if you read this amazing book!
Right from the word go! You are forced into the fast-paced action and you need to hold onto your seat! I did also enjoy the droll humor that this author bestowed upon Titus that broke up the weightines
Walter Scott
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Democracy Inc. starts out like the first scene in The Matrix, and is no less interesting. The action grabs your attention, and questions form in your head, and you want to know more… a lot more.
Joseph John delivers. He gives us a look at the Earth as it could well be, 700 – 800 years from now. Eight corporations rule the planet from their separate “Arks”. Most of the planet is a lifeless ruin. The Council of Eight is made up of one CEO from each “Ark” The elite have unimaginable luxury, and are
Becky Caine
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read!

Impressive story, very little profanity and no porn. That alone made me like this book. Never read anything quite like this and I want the story to go on. I’ll admit the Chinook pilot caught my interest first because my son in law is one! But I was not disappointed! Well done!
joseph w clouser
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good book

The ending was the only part I didn't like . Hopefully there will be a sequel . The story itself is worth the read , though .
Michael Puffer
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Unique dystopian novel. Great read - presents futuristic dilemmas ripe for consideration today. Looking forward to a sequel if John’s got it in him.
Andy Gray
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A dystopia looked at through the eyes (mostly) of those who own / run it, so looks a little utopian to them. Until..... well, I'm not going to tell you that in case you want to read it.

You know how book reading apps show how many words a minute (or whatever metric it uses) you read? I hate that feature, but may as well use it as it's there - this is one of my faster reads. The main characters aren't as likeable as some of the others, which makes a nice change, but I did want to know what happene
Ruth Newton
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-books
    I have read this book as an ARC reader. This is my freely given review.
An interesting book, that has a plot line filled with twists and turns with every page you turn.
Joseph John has created a furture where the different classes are widely different. He has painted through words a planet and humans that goes far beyond any other that I've ever seen.
The he has the three main characters so clearly defined with their own personalities that they pop off the page, taking a place in the readers w
Gayle Noble
Set in a future where megacorporations rule instead of governments, where everyone is connected to the online world and their lives are recorded and monitored, where the ultra-rich get to live in opulence forever via human cloning, whilst the primes (those on their first and only life) live and work in squalor. Titus Remington is on his third life when his father, the CEO of Roman Biogenics is arrested for treason and killed - for good. This starts off a pacy thriller through the real and online ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, dystopian, arc
What would America look like if corporations ran the country? That's the question posed by Democracy Inc, a gritty, dystopian thriller. It's a gripping, intense tale of humanity in the face of those who only believe in the bottom line. I wasn't able to put it down and you won't be, either.

Recommended for: anyone who likes dark, techy thrillers

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dystopian YA Novel; Corporations Rule and Greed and Everlasting Life Trump Humanity and Compassion

I was given an ARC of Democracy Inc in exchange for my unbiased review.

John James novel is an interesting futuristic look, given the current political climate. of what the ultimate outlook might be if the rising influence of corporate greed trumps the compassion of government as well as the inevitable outcome of the haves and have nots.

In James’ dystopian world government no longer exists. In its pl
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up
I really wanted to like this book, I love this genre of books. There was a few problems that I made the book hard to read. I gave up reading it because there came a point where I realized that I didn't care about any of the characters. Here's some of the reasons why I think it was hard to read this book.

It was hard to tell in the beginning of the chapter who that chapter was focusing on. Sometimes I would be reading the next page before I get their name or some kind of info that point to who's
Michael Murphy
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mr. John sets up a future in which governments have failed, leaving only wastelands and giant corporations have taken over. The United States is now ruled by eight specialized corporations which are dependent on one another. The powerful elites have access to medicines that prolong their lives to hundreds of years, then get cloned when that life is over, restarting at age 18, allowing them to stay in power for centuries, while the working class are barely able to survive.

Titus Remington is the s
Sandra Barrick
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Epitome of Great Sci-Fi

Science Fiction is best when it's a believable future or alternate reality. Is a divided and corporate dominated United States where crime pays and justice is honored in the breach and pocketbook so incredible?!?
There's likable characters and characters you love to hate! Do you try to guess what's going to happen next, and then keep reading because you were surprised?!? This is that type of book... delightfully predictable and wonderfully surprising. It's a fast moving pa
Mererid Evanna
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
The concept is intriguing and well handled; the writing is good and there are many interesting ideas and well-timed surprises; the language is clean too. I liked the way the multiple points of view were indicated with a silhouette in a typical pose at the head of the chapters, even though I found having one of the points of view in first person rather jarring at first. I liked the creepy church and the repurposed missile silo. However... I found it a bit of a slog and came close to giving up on ...more
Roger Weetch
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A gripping dystopian thriller. America is run by 8 conglomerates controlling every aspect of life. While this book is completely independent, those who have read the 8th Day will recognise how this system could have developed. The ruling elites live for hundreds of years and can then be reborn as 18 year old clones, while others live lives of repetitive boredom. The story is quick moving, with each chapter identified by a silhouette of the main character involved as those who want to make change ...more
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: january-2018
Democracy Inc. is a very curious book indeed. Clearly aimed at the YA demographic, it emulates so many of current dystopian YA works that it almost seems an amalgam of those. Like in most of those, the population is being hooked on virtual reality and a range of drugs and lied to. You have a dashing main character who is a charming rogue, and a heroine who is capable and determined. Titus belongs to the ultraclass, the most powerful elite that runs the Corporate States of America. Liviana is a r ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting read. Part sci-fi, part future dystopia. The pace of the story is quick, which made it a fun read. I also enjoyed how chapters from the main character’s (Titus) point of view are in first person, where chapters from everyone else’s point of view are in third person. The ending definitely leaves room for a sequel, which I will look forward to reading.
Bill Thibadeau
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interesting adventure in a future earth.

This book took a bit to become understanding of the way the writes. There is a real good basis for a series. In a world of 8 competing mega-companies, the inter corporation shenanigans seem endless.
This book was very interesting and full of humor. I truly enjoined the book a and look forward to a sequel .
Kerry Lumpkin
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very realistic dystopian American future in which the United States fractured into separate corporate states. Believable characters, realistic dialogue, and an involving storyline. A most enjoyable read!
Alex Jackl
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun and fast-paced sci first thriller

This is not War and Peace but it is pretty good a n d a fun read. Some great sci fi and sociological concepts but there are a few weaknesses in the plot you have to turn a blind e y e to.
Joseph Santiago
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great gem to find. This book was heard to put down and has a few too many parallels with today's government. This is a good story and a great read.

Mr. Joe
debbie sharp
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good read

Couldn't put it down! What a wild ride! Makes you wonder "Is this where we are headed?" Left me wanting much more!
Michael Brinker
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great Potential!

Joe is an underrated author with great potential who is well worth reading. I recommend highly and you'll not be disappointed.
Sam Glasbrenner (Sassyowlreads)
I won the kindle edition of this book in a Goodreads giveaway and cannot wait to read it!
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