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Buyout Paperback – March 31, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
The second half of the book was after a character is killed, the protagonist has to figure out who did it. This was better and more interesting.
The best part of the book was the portrayal of life in 2040. It seemed like a realistic extrapolation of today's technology. However, this had nothing to do with the story, The book was science fiction because of this technology, but could have been set in 2013, in 1940, or even 1740. The basic issue had nothing to do with the technology.
To the book: It is carefully written, patient and excellent. The myriad perspectives explored from its character's various points-of-view add richness and completeness to the central concept. They do not distract or belabor. What is perfectly disturbing about Irvine's voice in this particular work is that just a couple of years after the release of Buyout I read a story about the first state prison being sold to a private corrections company...and now Irvine is prophetic. This is thrilling, in the same manner Brave New World or 1984 are thrilling or any great work of foretelling. In Buyout Irvine explores many unintentional consequences, moral and ethical implications, and practical eventualities arising from the foundation of imprisonment as a concept,and a system, as well as a socio-cultural practice. Here in the USA, it is also an irony ripe for the picking!Read more ›
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After reading the fantastic Unincorporated Man, I got a recommendation from Amazon to try Buyout. Extremely dissapointing book. Read morePublished on July 18, 2009 by N. Caldwell