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A high-tech political thriller about a global information monopoly attempting to prevent election sabotage and world war. Little Brother meets The West Wing.It's been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global microdemocracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections. With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything's on the line.With power comes corruption. For Ken, this is his chance to do right by the idealistic Policy1st party and get a steady job in the big leagues. For Domaine, the election represents another staging ground in his ongoing struggle against the pax democratica. For Mishima, a dangerous Information operative, the whole situation is a puzzle: how do you keep the wheels running on the biggest political experiment of all time, when so many have so much to gain?All three begin to realize that not everyone plans to play fair at the next election. The Liberty party is ascending on the back of subtle promises of warfare, and Heritage will do anything to keep itself in power. A perfect storm is brewing, one that might bring the new world order to its knees.
Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765385154
Branch Call Number: SF OLD
Characteristics: 380 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 07, 2017

The novel is set in the future where most of the world has subscribed to micro-democracies, where every centenal (100,000 people) vote for who they want in power. The first 50 pages are a bit hard to get through because it's setting the background for the novel. After that, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I thought the political reality in the novel was fascinating and the espionage added the excitement. Highly recommended.

sit_walk Aug 31, 2017

Required reading for all librarians and data lovers. Speculative fiction about politics and information (ho hum, I hear you saying...) that's smart, fast-paced, feasible, and just downright great!? Doesn't get much better, folks.

May 26, 2017

I looked forward to reading this book, but it reads like the dramatization of a grad student’s term paper. Data and analysis are brought to the forefront in an attempt to build the drama, but the beneficial use of them is repeatedly glossed over. (I’m guessing that’s because databases and spreadsheets are not that exciting.) I cannot concur with the critical acclaim the author has achieved. The protagonists are devoid of personal history or compassion. A few of them experience a major natural disaster, and they shrug it off like it was a thunderstorm, intently focused on the elections instead of the well-being of people suffering around them.

Try as I might to get into the book, it kept bouncing me out. Newbie writers are told to “show, don’t tell” their story, but the author clings too tightly to that advice. The notions of supermajorities, centenals, and decennial elections are intriguing, but what makes a supermajority? Is it 55%, 60% or 75%? What powers does it have compared to a centenal? The author’s world implies an Earth that’s a static terrarium. This is analogous to bad science fiction where rocket ships’ engines make sound in the vacuum of outer space. To keep centenals at their maximum 100,000 population, the boundaries would have to be continuously adjusted. Who draws the lines? The greatest sin the author commits is against herself. Once a writer creates a world, then she has to live by that world’s rules. Centenal governments replace cities and countries, but the author fails to escape Earth’s customs and traditions and continuously references the old political geography.

The author’s writing style is quite good. The only other saving grace I could find is that the story works as a satire. The author creates the concept of “microdemocracy” and there is very little democracy in her world.

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