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When the Eye Sees Itself

4.85  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Winner in Science Fiction at the 2018 Independent Press Award.

Best Book in Science Fiction at the 2018 Pinnacle Book Awards.

2018 First Runner-Up in General Fiction - Los Angeles Book Festival

When the Eye Sees Itself weaves a dazzlingly complex web of interconnection – institutional, psychological, political, cultural, economic, conscious, even subatomic - and shows how tug
Kindle Edition, 620 pages
Published January 18th 2018 by Polylyric Press (first published 2018)
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When the Eye Sees Itself is a beautifully, complex novel. From start to finish we see how this dystopian type society has distinguished its residents by their qualities. They have the chance to be a Vulnerable, an Aggressive, or a regular Citizen. The only one with any rights is a full-fledge Citizen though. What if you aren’t a Citizen though? Oh well that’s all fine and dandy as long as you go through a procedure of sorts so that you can be modified into
Sarah Katz
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Borgerson crafts a complex world in which individuals are classified based on temperament. The psychological and legal aspects of the story are highly impressive, as we follow characters who seek to revolt against this rigid class system. What captured me most about this book's worldbuilding was the detailed descriptions of advanced tech - a theme that can so easily become dense jargon in sci-fi, yet is elucidated here in a manner that is easily understood by the lay reader.
Damien Black
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars: I See the Future

A future not far from one we can fathom, "When the Eye Sees Itself" by Eric Borgerson is told in futuristic possibilities, powerful technologies, imaginative and sophisticated storytelling, characters with interesting back stories and psychology sometimes shifting from one genre into another keeping the reader committed to know if there will be cataclysmic ending. Admire the fantastic cover and turn the page.

A future based on classification, not dissimilar than what w
MJ (The Book Recluse)
When the Eye Sees Itself is a complex novel about a society that uses personality traits to classify individuals in society. You can be an aggressive, a vulnerable, or a citizen. A citizen is the only one with rights, for an aggressive or vulnerable to obtain these rights they have to undergo a psychologically damaging reclassification procedure.

The novel focuses around the challenges to this system. What happens when someone is so aggressive and so vulnerable that the two traits even themselve
Christopher Schmitz
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eric Borgerson’s When the Eye Sees Itself evokes so many images in its pages. It’s both dystopian and has overtures of cyberpunk. The sci-fi aspect is light but it feels reminiscent of many films and stories to have come out in the past two decades (I’m feeling Hackers, Bladerunner, What Ever Happened to Monday, and so much more). It borrows themes from many and molds them each into fit a narrative that is unique unto itself, telling a story somewhere on the spectrum between Orwell and Heinlein ...more
Katrina Berry
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When the Eye Sees Itself by Eric Borgerson is a hands-down, top-notch read that will satisfy all your literary cravings. With an artistic flair, Mr. Borgerson delves into many genres and delivers a well-crafted, mind-blowing, and thought-provoking story that takes us into the future with concepts and matters that are of concern and so close to home. The beautiful cover grabs your eye, however the author’s fantastic weaving of words keeps you engaged in the story while the characters and their en ...more
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I'm a big fan of book covers done right - there are so many hit and misses that a good cover really places one book apart from the others. This cover jumped out at me soon as I unwrapped the packaging - it is absolutely stunning. 

The book itself is an intricately woven narrative dipping its toes in more than one genre, an interesting, unique and thought-provoking read. 

The story is told in an experienced tone - familiarity but not boredom in the content. There are enough links to known situation
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Eric Borgerson has been a writer in one form or another since junior high school in Oakland, California. He completed degrees in philosophy at Reed College and law at U.C. Berkeley. His career has included work in labor and civil rights law and politics, as an organizer, attorney, writer and journalist. He is also a fan of good science fiction, an avid science enthusiast, loves backpacking, music, ...more