- File Size: 427 KB
- Print Length: 138 pages
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- Publisher: Red Dragon Books (March 10, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 10, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007JBG84U
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #947,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Future, Imperfect: Six Dystopian Short Stories Kindle Edition
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Six original stories, set in a dystopian, futuristic world. They're all complete stories, with different characters and plots, but the world remains the same.
It's a compelling world, too. The environment has gone to hell, and many of the big cities (Seattle being one that shows up in at least two stories) have been bought up (quite literally) by big corporations. The corporations use their technology to make life liveable for the citizens, even pleasurable... but only if they can see a way to make a profit.
Those who live outside the big cities, or in cities not yet owned by corporations (places called "the burbs") have a much tougher time of it, and they spend their lives trying to convince a corporation to move in, by selling the advantages of their natural resources, or other benefits that would make an acquisition viable to one of these big companies.
The stories are very well written and engaging. The descriptions are vivid, and more than once I found myself wondering what it might be like to actually live in one of these privatised utopias.
They're also quite literary in theme, and riddled with deeper, hidden meaning. Some of them, I must admit, went over my head, and/or I got bored and skimmed at times. But in a collection like this, it's practically impossible to expect to enjoy and identify with ALL of the stories.
Read the stories in order, the author has done a marvellous job of unfurling the world with the placement of each story.
In the first story, you have a town outside of the Corporations that have kidnapped a doctor. His wife and her former flame go looking for him. Sexual tension abounds but what for? It's just weird if it's not going to turn into something. And actually, sexual tension pops up for no apparent reason in a lot of the stories.
In the end, the stories are too disjointed. I don't understand the Corporations saving some but not others. With the kind of crazy tech that can allow whole body morphing, broadcasting of thoughts to subscribers, bringing back lost species and create whole lost habitats, why not save the baby humans?
I would have given this one star but I was interested enough to read them all so two stars it is.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All 6 stories have the same common theme. Read one, skip the rest.Published 14 months ago by Fantabulous Me
Good science fiction but with a huge tech basis. Kind of hard to follow in some stories but good read.Published on January 6, 2014 by Kindle Customer
Let me preface this review by stating that I don't typically read short story collections, so my review may be more of a reaction to the type of book, rather that the content. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by A. Maxey
I don't know if each "story" is part of a whole book, but it reads like a chapter from a book - no ending to the story, sounds like an attempt to get you to buy the book to see... Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Very much enjoyed these stories set in the same dystopian near future.
Ms Nestvold's writing here is exactly what I love about great sf: well-developed worldbuilding,... Read more
I got this as a freebie from Amazon and I think that the book is a nice read. I only wish it were longer!Published on March 4, 2013 by Leila
Even though I approached these knowing they were short stories, I was so interested in them that I wish there was more. Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by Spiff
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