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Ellis has created a fascinatingly complex world where no-one is safe from corporate subterfuge, and where anything goes as long as you're the one controlling the information. Our world has grown into one big marketing scheme, dependant on the people to keep buying into the stock, but also not allowing them any alternative. The sheer amount of research and work that has gone into the book is apparent to see, and hurts my head to think about. In fact, that was the one overriding feeling for me; there is so much information here! This is both a good and a bad thing. Bad because sometimes you got a bit bogged down in all the politics and the explanations as to what is happening in the world, particularly in regards to conversations. Good because it has created such an interesting world with a very specific concept based in consumerism.
Ok, I'll be honest. A whole load of this went straight over my head. I got the point about consumerism as well as the huge theme of violation of privacy and about the boundaries that we should have in relation to all of this. However, all of the corporate ideas tended to make my eyes droop a little bit. I'll admit again, I am not big on politics, or corporate warfare, but when I see a dystopian society, I love it no matter what and therefore I love this society. It's like 1984 cranked up several notches and skewed into a futuristic consumers paradise. Oh, and speaking of futuristic, I loves everything about the new ideas we were seeing; electro-magnetic cars, huge wind farms out into the sea, rising sea levels, GM foods and enormous shopping centres. It is truly an impressive imagined world, and to be honest, it is a scarily realistic imagining, as all of these things are being developed now and could grow to this state.
There was one quite big miss for me, and that was that I never really connected with the characters. To me, they were slightly too far removed from me. I couldn't understand Poppy's motives, I couldn't relate to Duncan and although the girls were easier to get to know, Amy also proved a difficulty for me. The girls were nice and feisty, and I loved the situations that these three got themselves into as well as the whole goose-chase, but for some reason I just couldn't get into their heads properly. It might have been something to do with all that consumer culture getting into my head.
So if you like reading about hardcore subjects such as politics, subterfuge and consumer culture, as well as wanting a little bit of action in the form of hiding from people with too much power, and if you want a scarily realistic futuristic setting, this is certainly the book for you. Please don't read it if you have the attention span of a Goldfish; you will miss something, and you may not get to the end. Speaking of the end, it surprised me a great deal. Although some parts went as expected, there were quite a few occurrences that really were interesting. The pacing really picks up here, and with a slight blip nearing the end, we get a whole lot of unexpected situations. I loved it and although it set me hanging on a slight cliff-edge, I could see the light at the end of the tunnel.
A good read, steadily paced, with enough action to keep your attention and enough interest even for people who are exceptionally intelligent in their reading habits (I am not one of them, but I do try to be). It really is a book that enables you to think about the pressing matters in the world, instead of what is only on your doorstep.
Pharmara Corporation (Black Star) was in Wigthorn England.
Amy Jay (30, section leader, SAA) job was to categorize/tag Constant Broadcast Identification (CBID) all the body parts. Amy later had an appointment to meet with Estelle Hawthorne (Head of Statistical Acquirement & Analysis (SAA).
Gerard Abbot (purchasing manager, # 74) explained to Amy about his recent organ purchase. Nichole had been Amy’s BFF. The 2 wanted her to investigate (naturalistic observation) some wrong doings. Amy had never met Duncan.
It is now 2061, Duncan (former Pharmara employee) has a garden & raised/sold vegetables. His biggest produce buyer was Julius (Jules) Talent.
Sissy was the Centrally Integrated Computer Systems Intelligence central computer (C.I.C.S.I.) that controlled every function in his house & Percy (C.I.C.S.I.) controlled the nursery/garden. Even cars had them.
Gerard Abbot, Harris, & Rogers from Pharmara security (aka Marks & Waitadsco) were also investigating Duncan.
Amy later arrives at Duncan’s doorstep. The 3 Pharmara security were keeping an eye on her also.
By request of the Colonel (eccentric billionaire); Julius takes the 2 fugitives (Pharmara genetic copyright laws) Duncan (72, Ph.D.) & Amy (33) to Shaded Vale for safe keeping. The Colonel (William) was into several business ventures.
Duncan & Amy meet Poppy Gold the Colonel daughter. Guess who her mother is?
Duncan, Amy & Poppy next meet Leroy Merlin (underground research facility). What cool gadgets he has?
Next stop London for the trio is to meet with George Ray who worked for Central Observatory for Viewing & Ex-changing Reconnaissance Transmissions (C.O.V.E.R.T.) which records everything companies track.
Mary Portofino (MP for Wigthorn) suddenly walks into George’s office. Where is this scenario going to go?
A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written bizarre, mysterious dystopian type book. It was very easy to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make great sci-fi movie (Fahrenheit 451 (1966); Westworld (1973); Soylent Green (1973); 1984 (1984), an animated cartoon (Jetson’s) or a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.
Thank you for the free book (Story Cartel)
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
If you’re curious at this point, well you should be. This is a completely different kind of story, one that will suck you in like a giant Hoover. I received a free copy of In a Right State by Ben Ellis in exchange for an unbiased review. This is his first novel, but I’ll be sure to check out his next. He has a wicked sense of humor, and it comes through here. This book had be flipping pages with anticipation from the opening paragraph.
A story of a dysfunctional future when corporations are in control, In a Right State also has all the elements of a first-rate mystery/thriller. After reading this, you’re sure to have a few uneasy thoughts about how governments and big corporations relate to each other.