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Qualityland

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  4,942 ratings  ·  521 reviews
THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY meets 1984. In the near-future, all decision-making is automated, until one man makes a brazen choice of his own, with global consequences.

Welcome to QualityLand, the best country on Earth. Here, a universal ranking system determines the social advantages and career opportunities of every member of society. An automated matchmaking
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Grand Central Publishing (first published September 22nd 2017)
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Arianna Spaßeshalber wird gesagt, die dunkle Ausgabe sei für Pessimisten und die helle für Optimisten. Er spielt immer "Werbeunterbrechungen" zwischen die…moreSpaßeshalber wird gesagt, die dunkle Ausgabe sei für Pessimisten und die helle für Optimisten. Er spielt immer "Werbeunterbrechungen" zwischen die Kapitel und die unterscheiden sich in beiden Ausgaben. Es gibt aber einen Link im Buch, sodass man die Werbeunterbrechungen der jeweils anderen Ausgabe im Internet nachlesen kann und so nichts verpasst. Die Kapitel sind in beiden Büchern identisch. :)(less)
Sadie Ich empfehle das Hörbuch, ganz eindeutig (wie auch bei den Känguru Chroniken), weil Marc-Uwe Kling einfach zu gut liest. Da zeigt sich das ganze…moreIch empfehle das Hörbuch, ganz eindeutig (wie auch bei den Känguru Chroniken), weil Marc-Uwe Kling einfach zu gut liest. Da zeigt sich das ganze Können des poetry slammenden Kleinkünstlers: Der Stimm- und Sprachwitz ist wie gewohnt perfekt abgestimmt und getimt, und durch die größere Auswahl an Stimmen sogar noch vielfältiger als beim Känguru.(less)
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Lori
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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MY FAVORITE BOOK OF 2019

Do you know why it's called the net? Because we're caught in it.

That's a paraphrase of a quote from "Qualityland," the best book I've read this year. It's one of my all-time favorites, and while relationships with books change over time just like relationships with people do, I think this one's going to last my lifetime. It's a remarkable dystopian satire and I love it so much that upon finishing it, I immediately turned back to page one and read it a second time. For
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Qualityland is what happens when Big Business takes over politics and the economy. An online retailer called TheShop is an economic superpower that runs everything and everyone with handy algorithms. So what if they invade your privacy? They know what you want better than yourself, after all. In an odd nod to medieval times, people's surnames are named after their parents' professions, and people are accorded video game-like "levels" based
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BlackOxford
The Peril of Eliminating Moral Peril

In 1966, Dennis Jones wrote a sci-fi novel called Colossus: The Forbin Project. Made into a film a few years later, it always seemed to me the perfect complement to Arthur C Clarke’s (and Kubrick’s) story 2001: A Space Odyssey . Neither Jones’s book nor the film caused anything like the cultural splash that Clarke and Kubrick made. This has always struck me as unjust, especially when I encounter pieces like Qualityland which seem to be direct descendants
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Auntie Terror
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Sadie
Edited on 18th September 2019: I just found out that the English edition will be published on 7th January 2020, so keep an eye on it and/or possible ARCs: Qualityland (as much as I liked the double cover of the German original, the English version is even more beautiful and clever!) I listened to the audiobook and saw the theatre play, enjoyed both and now wholeheartedly recommend this to my English speaking friends and followers, hoping the translation will do it justice. /ETA

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Sarah
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like if Hitchhikers Guide Met Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Very funny and worth checking out if you like either of the above.

Full RTC.
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Qualityland is unique and genre-bending, described as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets 1984. It is entertaining, exciting, and a quick read with short chapters, which I LOVE. I’ve also downloaded the audio to listen to in the future because I previewed the narrator, and I think it’s going even more exciting in that format.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.

Many of my reviews can also be found on instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader
Auntie Terror
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
As good as the book, maybe even better. I don't know whether that is because of the edition (black vs. gray) or because of Kling's abilities as a reader.
Emily
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, german, 2019
I was halfway through mentally composing a German review of this German book before learning that it's coming out in English in early 2020, with an HBO series to follow, so nochmal auf Englisch it is.

I burst out cackling in public several times while reading this, so I think it qualifies as quite funny. It's a dystopian future in which algorithms and filter bubbles completely control everyday life. People receive packages they haven't ordered (but are predicted to want) delivered by drones that
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Tim
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read German books that often, though I hope to read a few this year. One must maintain one's knowledge and skills, which can be done in various ways: reading, listening, writing, ... separately or combined. Audio books are useful tools in this context.

The premise of 'QualityLand' looked very promising: (dystopic) science-fiction with a good slab of humour. Also perfect to listen to in the car, for example. Although the story takes place in the future, it can really be considered a satire
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John Hatley
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent read. Its vision of the future expertly combines an alarming view of where our current internet obsession could lead us (or maybe we're already there?) with an unusually refreshing sense of humour.

And besides, Marc-Uwe Kling is a good writer.

I can highly recommend this book.
Michaela
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
---- Full disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ----

Well, this was a good time. Best book I've read in quite a while. Another reviewer said it's been picked up for development by HBO, which I can only hope is correct.

I'll make an effort here to not repeat what others have said about this. I got to thinking at some point during reading & came to the conclusion that despite all the nice sounding ideas that always return to that concept of advancing tech. somehow

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The Nerd Daily
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by AB Endacott

In the past few years, much discussion has focused on the question of personal data; what we give away in exchange for a supposedly free service, how a digital identity of who we are is constructed, and how the algorithms which possess this information creates a world almost wholly bespoke to us.

I first heard about the notion of an internet ‘bubble’ at my first year of university many years ago. At the time, the prospect that purely
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Toya
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Y’all, I finished this book days ago, and I am still trying to wrap my head around what I just read. This book is straight bananas…I’m NOT making that up. It’s equal parts laugh out loud and holy sh*t did that just happen?!

In my opinion, this book is Wall-E meets The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Black Mirror…don’t believe me? Read this book.

Qualityland is a place in the near future where the lives of the people are dictated by ratings. One’s place in society is a ranking system. If you
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Steyn
Very good writing, i read it in just 3 days! It was very interesting and very well translated into dutch.
Monique
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
QualityLand has been compared to George Orwell's 1984 (my all-time favourite book), and I agree. 1984 Lite, maybe; but a fitting 21st century complement, a companion, to Orwell's masterpiece. The themes are similar - the threat of totalitarianism, albeit of another kind - and the disappearance of personal freedom but the tone is very different. While 1984 is very dark and depressing, QualityLand is often very funny, heavy on sarcasm, irreverent, and as relevant today as 1984 was in its day.

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Laratoc
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Antonia
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a very good time that feels super short! I was laughing out loud multiple times
Katrin Lipps
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review in English, because this book NEEDS to be translated ASAP for the world to read:
Such a scary, hilarious, satirical dystopia.
This book plays in a world, where drones from "The Shop" (the worlds biggest and most popular online-Shopping-Place) deliver stuff to your doorstep that you did not order, because "The Shop" knows what you need. A world, where "Quality Partner" will find you a partner, because it knows everything about you. A world, where "Everybody", the world's biggest social
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Shayla
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really really enjoyed this one, probably because the author was very much preaching to the choir. I loved that this book is basically just an excuse for the Kling to spout a ton of social commentary, because it means I got to read a fun, funny book that also had something to say and made me think and wasn't completely pointless and forgettable.

There's a lot that gets addressed here, but one of the main ideas in the story is that poverty and adversity are a cycle, and most of the time one's
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Aditi ~ A Thousand Words A Million Books
Smart, hilarious, terrifying and kind of brilliant. Binged this one on a family trip and could hardly put it down.
Jordan
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
*4.25
This was absolutely hilarious (and, you know, horrifying) some of the best satire I've read in a while. Full review to come closer to publication. Add this one to your TBR if you like satire and social commentary, I promise it's worth it.

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This is what I would consider to be a satirical dystopian novel and it absolutely excelled at being exactly that. I had the best time reading this book and laughed countless times.

Qualityland takes place in a
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Insa
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahhh it‘s so funny. Such a „black mirror“-ish novel. I liked it. (I had to compare it to the Känguru Chroniken though and I liked those a bit better.)
Fang88
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fun read. It talks about a lot of problems that are being caused by this computerized reality we are facing today, without it sounding educational. I can only recommend reading this sci-fi every day adventure. It will cheer you up and maybe give you a little kick in the butt to rethink even the most thoughtful use of information.
Misha
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Relevant, and in style of Vonnegut
Evgin
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting take on the consumerist future, absurd yet realistic scenarios with lots of fun characters.
Jessica
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was exactly what I needed. It was thought-provoking and enjoyable, full of dry humor and bad-ass characters, specifically Aisha and Kiki. While I liked that it was like a modern day 1984, where consumerism has run rampant and that is all that anyone cares about. Especially in today's day and age, it was very interesting and frightening to see what Kling's eerily similar world. There's a lot addressed in this book, from capitalism to poverty and its cyclic nature. Kling does a wonderful ...more
Timothy
A Hysterically Scary Satire.

This is a book that definitely deserves to be read at least twice. It takes the ideal Utopian-futuristic Society and shows how messed up everything is. At a minimum, it appears to a political and social satire of how business and politics are interconnected and how everyone else is a part of it.

Among other concepts that this book expresses, the idea that rank and money equate to almost limitless power and the interaction between robots and humans and the problems
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Mom_Loves_Reading
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Qualityland" was originally published in German in Sept 2017, and the English translated version comes out tomorrow, 1/7/20. This was a very intriguing novel and had not only the above mentioned "1984" vibes, but also reminiscent of the more current "Black Mirror" series on Netflix (which I love btw). If you watch that you will totally see what I mean if or when you read this. You can practically see it played out in you head in "Black Mirror" style.
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I would call this a dystopian/sci-fi/satire
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Meagan Houle
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was in a bit of a reading slump when I chose "Qualityland." I had started half a dozen books, perfectly good ones that should have held my interest, but nothing felt quite right. This book jolted me out of that slump before I'd even finished the first page, and that is saying an awful lot. It made me think deeply, laugh aloud often, (something I rarely do while reading), and stay up too late to find out what happened next. The narrative voice is hilariously relatable, and though the satire is ...more
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