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Dissolution: A Dystopian Novella Paperback – March 24, 2016
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"An action-packed cyberpunk thriller in the vein of Phillip K. Dick." - Kisa Whipkey, REUTS Publications "Lee S. Hawke paints a vivid and sometimes terrifying dystopian picture of corporations ruling a city (and for all we know, the world)... The writing is crisp, the pace is fast, tensions are high, the descriptions vivid, and the characters crawl under your skin fast. There are quite a few twists that keeps things interesting and I cried at the end of the book. This author just got moved to my auto-buy list." - Allison B, Amazon Reviewer "Lee S. Hawke has achieved something amazing. Not many writers could pull off a social commentary and make it fun to read, but Hawke has nailed it." - Ashleigh, The Literature Hub
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Hawke’s world is dominated by corporations, and a person’s value is entirely dependent on how much they can give — what their productivity is likely to be, how their skills rank against the corporations’ needs. They’re not people, they’re drones, slaves. Licensed IP to be bought and traded and sold. It’s chilling, and a cautionary message to the workaholics of the world.
But while there is a very strong thread of social commentary running throughout, it takes a back seat to the larger tale, which is an action-packed cyberpunk thriller in the vein of Phillip K. Dick.
Madeline (Maddie) has spent her entire life dreaming of escape from ANRON Life Limited, pegging all her hopes on the possibility of being purchased by MERCE, the more technology oriented corporation where she can put her modding skills to good use and where she’ll no longer be a human lab rat. But after years of rigorous trials and tests, competition, and an interview process that feels more like an interrogation than an interview, she finds that there was never any chance for escape. Her life has always belonged to ANRON, and now, they want it back. They’re revoking her license, sentencing her to death in the name of science.
And she’s having none of it. Alone, disconnected from the technology that serves as a lifeline for most of the city’s denizens, and on the run, she learns the true difference between good and evil. And in the process, she discovers that the corporations aren’t as untouchable as they seem.
Brilliant, emotional, and intelligent, Dissolution is a highly satisfying read. It is a novella, but don’t let that scare you off. It’s a complete, self-contained, and moving tale that will challenge you to rethink your own views on corporations and technology in general. It’s a smart, well-written, amazing piece of storytelling and should not be missed.
**Disclaimer: I was the editor for this title, however all opinions stated are my own and were not influenced by bias or compensation. I purchased a copy just like every other customer.**
Dissolution was very engaging, but far too short. I'm looking forward to reading more of Mr. Hawke's novellas!
After training for eighteen years to be auctioned off to MERCE, Madeline discovers things aren't as they should be. When her name isn't called during the Auction, and two suits show up on her doorstep, Madeline's life takes a drastic turn. Everything she believed in dissolves before her eyes and she has to decide how much she's really worth.
This book, while short in length, packs one heck of a punch. Lee S. Hawke draws you in and makes you care about the characters with ease. With each page turned, you're drawn more and more into the world Hawke created. It keeps going with little rest until the very end. It left me feeling a little drained when I read the last line, and yet I didn't want the story to end.
When you're ready to see the world of corporations in a new, and almost terrifying way, definitely read this book. Hawke definitely provides us with a unique dystopian society. I am positive this book will remain with me for a long time.
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CITATION: Hawke, L. S. (2016). ‘Dissolution. a dystopian novella (what would you sell yourself for?)'.Read more
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