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The Future, Imperfect: Six Dystopian Short Stories by [Nestvold, Ruth]
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  • File Size: 427 KB
  • Print Length: 138 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • 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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By E.A. Gray TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 14, 2015
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Due to my penchant for dystopian novels I purchased this book recently in the hopes that it could satiate my appetite. Fortunately, I can candidly say that it did just that. The author is a definite authority in the genre and her writing exceeds the boundaries of so many others in this crowded field. From escaping the confines of caricatures to developing fully realized plots, each novella was a joy to read. My favorite, Exit Without Saving was an intriguing story with a plot device that definitely stood out; I would really like to see the author make a whole book around this world; I’m sure it would be a fantastic one. Also, Latency Time was a joy to read because I’m a fan of epidemic stories with heavy foreshadowing. So, all-in-all, these were all stand out tales from a talented writer that has a way bittersweet catharsis and leaving you wanting more. If anyone is looking for a stellar collection of novellas that will definitely keep you entertained throughout, then you can’t do any better than this.
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The Future, Imperfect is a superb collection of short stories set in a dark and all too possible future. I don't recall now how I stumbled upon this ebook, but it's one of the best dystopian collections I've read this year. Each story takes place in the same future world, one ravaged by environmental problems, advances in technology (that are not necessarily for the best), and a massive gap between the privileged and under-privileged. Corporations control everything. If you aren't with them, you're against them. Some of the Nestvold's characters have made their choice; while other's are confronted by conflicts which steer their ultimate decision. I'm keeping my fingers crossed the author decides to publish more stories, or even a novel, set in the world. If you need a break from the zombie apocalypse, if you need a touch of cyberpunk, The Future, Imperfect will not disappoint.
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Note: I use the Goodreads rating system, so my four stars means "I really liked it".

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.
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I just finished reading the last of the stories. I really enjoyed them. They are very well-written and evocative. All stories are set in the same world, and some are slightly related, but each story is different and deals with new characters and aspects of this future world.

Read the stories in order, the author has done a marvellous job of unfurling the world with the placement of each story.

Highly recommended.
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I like the idea of 6 different stories about the same dystopian future. It solves the mystery of what's happening on the outside of the hero's point of view. But this just came across as odd, like snippets of a series.

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.
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I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. They show a dark future ruled by powerful corporations. But the stories are about individuals and their inner conflicts brought on by their environment. My only complaint is I want more. I want to know more about the characters, more about the politics and ecomonics, more on what is going on 'outside the walls'.
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