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While on the surface the story is about Veronica and Ben Wright's relationship, it's really about how the press can be (and is) manipulated every day by PR experts, and how ordinary citizens, the so-called Fifth Estate, are having an ever greater impact on the digital "truth" we read about on the Net every day.
Beautifully written from the perspective of the 17 year old Nicki (Veronica), this haunting novel will linger in your memory long after you've put it down. It's so effective in spinning an artificial truth that some (like fellow reviewer LadyE) will be fooled into thinking the story is real, which is precisely the point of the story, I believe. (In fact, LadyE's critique focuses exclusively on how the book was promoted by the publisher rather than on the book itself!)
Perhaps most surprising is that this novel predicted recent political events in north African long before Tuareg Islamists (Al Qaeda in north Africa) staged their takeover of Mali, and long before the Arab Spring tore apart Tunisia and Egypt. For that alone, this book deserves to be noticed.
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