One corporation has made a perfect world based on a perfect algorithm . . . now what to do with all these messy people?
Lionel Bigman is dead. Murdered by a ...more
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It has a very intriguing premise, but was let down by the execution. It reads like an early draft. A few more rounds of revising and editing could elevate this story into a masterpiece. I did read an early copy so hopefully some of the issues I had with it were resolved before release.
It is a satirical look at determinism vs free will in the digital age and tech giants profiting from the subjection of humanity. In the not too ...more
In terms of the style, this was a bad mix of scifi and literary fiction. I love both genres, so I was really excited for this and it didn't meet my expectations. It was bad scifi (way too many info dumps that led to an excess of telling an not showing) and I found the style and characters abysmal. At points it seemed ...more
This book was promoted as a sci-fi dystopian where everyone's lives are dictated by algorithms, with a strong philosophical and dark comedy bent. I'll be honest, I get why it's listed as science fiction, but it's really more of a drama than anything. I will give Kavenna full credit, this is the first time I've read a book about a dystopian society falling apart from the perspective of those running the dystopia. That was a very nice ...more
If you hated 'The Circle' for its twee shallowness and plotting, this is the book for you.
I'd call it the fictional extension (or reductio ad absurdum) of Zuboff's 'Surveillance Capitalism'.
Glancing through other reviews here, I discovered another one: for fans of Cohen's 'Book of Numbers'.
Last pitch: the jacket has a recommendation from Rachel Cusk - if this puts you off, let it. If not, dive in!
In the very near future, Beetle is the huge tech company that runs the world. Literally. It’s the NSA, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, etc., ...more
I found myself smirking out loud fairly regularly in the first third but as the book progressed it lost my attention and I found the second half a bit of a slog. I think I just didn’t care enough about any of the characters.
Kavenna spent her childhood in Suffolk and the Midlands as well as various other parts of Britain. She has also lived in the United States, France, Germany, Scandinavia and the Baltic States.
These travels led to her first book, The Ice Museum, which was published in 2005. It was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award in that ...more