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The futuristic world he lived in was somewhat interesting (a mildly colonized planet that wasn't Earth), but I kept thinking to myself as I continued to read, "So ... what's the actual plot? Is this just a coming-of-age story set in a futuristic world? Is this guy going to come out of his awkward-stage?" Even though I didn't quite understand where the story was going, my curiosity compelled me to read on, and then BOOM - a twist ending that literally caused me to sit back against my pillows and laugh out loud. (Not in a bad way!) Without giving away the twist, it lightens the otherwise somewhat somber mood and suddenly everything makes sense in an ironic sort of way. Not a particularly long read, but an enjoyable one nonetheless.
The writing is good, and there is an entertaining social commentary dealing with the issue of self-driven cars in the future making life-taking decisions during accidents.
I found it a bit difficult getting through the first part of the book which details the life of such a depressed young man but I’m glad I read through to the end. No spoilers here... this is a solid 4-star read with a surprise ending.
While dealing with the heavy themes of depression and melancholy, philosophy and science also play a major role in shaping this story. While not required, readers with a scientific or philosophical background (particularly metaphysics) will appreciate some of the concepts and situations the author presents more.
Overall this was a pretty quick read that left me thinking even after I finished the book, as well as one of the better sci-fi novels I've read recently.
Contemporary scifi needs more authors like Drozd.
"A Glitch in the World" is a heavy hitting, yet digestible piece of philosophical science fiction. Its NOT pretentious, and still delivers themes of existentialism, fatalism, and hard-science.
The depressed attitude of the protagonist is both relatable and funny. I could go on, but my point is simple: you should probably just do yourself a favor and read it.
Reminiscent of Philip K. Dick and Asimov, I am very much looking forward to future Drozd works.