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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  187 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Getting Back is a futuristic thriller, an eco-fable with a touch of Survivor, Mad Max, and Avatar. The world's population has doubled. Wilderness exists only in old movies. Every region on Earth has been explored, organized, and tamed. But in this brave new age one secret organization promises the most forbidden pleasure of all: a true outdoor adventure. The price is a yea ...more
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published February 2nd 2000 by Grand Central Publishing
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Yea so this wasn't what I thought it was gonna be. Bit disappointing overall. Set on the near future we have created a utopian society where everyone has a job, money, place to live overall contentment. For a few people this life has become dull, predictable and is lacking in excitement. Outdoor adventures offers something completely different. If your chosen.

So what I thought was going to be man vs nature, or man had to survive outback because he's being hunted which all sound intriguing became
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I began, set it down, started again weeks later. Then I got pulled in and could not put it down. Set in a new world which is repressive, orderly, extremely structure and allows for no individual thought or action; therefore, adventures are promoted in a black market style on internet. Daniel applies for trip of lifetime to Australia. He and 3 others are selected. Twists and turns abound. It definitely was hard to put down. The physical challenges they had to meet in an Australia of the future ma ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: misc-authors
Somewhat interesting story line. Misfits sent to the Australian Outback. Futuristic time setting. Struggle to survive and with decision to return to Society or remain in Australia.
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bnb, dystopia
As William Dietrich sees the future in Getting Back cities have expanded beyond all boundaries and everyone is given a pleasant career nook under the rule of United Corporations. The problem is not everyone feels happy or copperative in their given career role. Daniel Dyson, the main character feels alienated and unhappy. He spends his free time in the cyber world trying to uncover secrets of the UC or running "outside" an extremely dangerous way to pass time. Dyson buys onto a trip by Outback A ...more
Jul 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
The time is the Future and the world is governed by a mega corporation, the population is pushing the boundaries of sustainability and the corporation keeps a tight rein on everything. Daniel Dyson is tired of is dull, controlled job in a cubicle in a huge company, his desk is cluttered, not the accepted bare, neat impersonal desk suggested by management. Meeting a woman on his early morning run, he strikes up an acquaintance and soon learns about a vacation adventure that sounds quite different ...more
Jul 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was a really interesting book set in the not too distant future with a world ruled by United Corporations. Everyone has everything they need, but that also brings a total monotony to their lives. Until Outback Adventures appears for a select few that are looking for more, including Daniel Dyson. This select group get to go to Australia for the adventure of a lifetime and the cost is a years salary. The catch is that Australia had been struck with a plague and is now desolate, an undiscovere ...more
Joshua Taylor
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book that provokes some thought about the modern world. While it was written 13 years ago, there are some things in here that resonate now, especially in light of the recent NSA scandal. I don't know that Dietrich's vision of political and corporate lines blurring to the point of a "United Corporations" taking over is realistic, but certainly in an era of globalization, multinationals, and increasing consolidation of corporate entities it perhaps isn't completely far fetched.

Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, my-library
the first part of the book was a little boring, and I had to push through it, but I am sooo happy I did. The twists and adventure that takes place is absolutely enthralling. I have told everyone I know to read this book!
Dec 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
Dietrich is always a great storyteller, but I'm struggling through this one ...the Science Fiction/post-apocalyptic genre isn't a favorite of mine...individual vs. structure blah, blah, blah...but I finished it
May 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
What a unique story! loved this
Apr 12, 2012 rated it liked it
This was my first Dietrch novel outside of the Ethan Gage series, and it was very different. I'm not a big Sci-fi guy, so it was just ok for me. I'll still try a few other books by this author.
Jan 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Survival in the Outback of Australia - only set in a future time in civilization. The adventure is not what it seems.
May 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A survivalist tale where life has become so boring that people are desperate to find places where they will be forced to live again (or die trying).
Chris Gager
Yea! I found it without remembering the title or author. Just the plot. Pretty entertaining fantasy/sci-fi adventure set mostly in the Australian outback. Date read is a guess.
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Great commentary on modern day life.
Oct 15, 2009 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It had quite a different story line. I plan to read other boks by this same aothor.
Jun 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
Interesting dystopian plot line. I liked the setting being in Australia and I enjoyed the story overall. It got a bit dry in a few spots, but generally speaking I enjoyed it .
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William Dietrich is a NY Times bestelling author of the Ethan Gage series of eight books which have sold into 28 languages. He is also the author of six other adventure novels, several nonfiction works on the environmental history of the Pacific Northwest, and a contributor to several books.

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