The Unincorporated Future (The Unincorporated Man) Hardcover – August 21, 2012
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“A bright, stimulating work that deserves a wide readership.” ―Gregory Benford, author of the Galactic Center Saga on The Unincorporated Man
“Fans of SF as a vehicle for ideas will devour this intriguing debut…. The Kollin brothers keep the plot moving briskly despite the high proportion of talk to action. Their cerebral style will especially appeal to readers nostalgic for science fiction's early years.” ―Publishers Weekly on The Unincorporated Man
“Recalls the emphasis on freedom of the early works of Heinlein and the cutting-edge social commentary of William Gibson and Fritz Leiber. A good choice for most libraries.” ―Library Journal on The Unincorporated Man
About the Author
Brothers DANI KOLLIN and EYTAN KOLLIN live in California.
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 076532881X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765328816
- Dimensions : 6.42 x 1.18 x 9.54 inches
- Publisher : Tor Books; 1st Edition (August 21, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,574,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first book (The Unincorporated Man) was the best of the bunch, addressing some concepts relatively unique to the science fiction genre. However, the second book (The Unincorporated War) shifted the focus to the military and political arena, and surprisingly introduced the previously-unmentioned religious concepts which continued to the very last sentence of the series. (At least the author provided a good reason for that topic not appearing in the first book.) Even more surprisingly, "War" killed off the series' main character (Justin Cord), but in a way which allowed for a possible resurrection.
So in this last book, we're waiting for the Outer Alliance to triumph over their enemies, maybe led by a revived Justin Cord, but there really turns out to be no winners or losers, and as for Cord...well, you have to read the book to find out :)
Overall, I liked the series but it could have been so much more...I wish the Kollin brothers good fortune in their future works, regardless of whether they occur in the "Unincorporated" universe or not.
Top reviews from other countries
In this stunning conclusion we have the Incorporated World and the Alliance still killing as many of the others as they can. The war has been going on for 7 years and the loss of life is in the billions.
On the Incorporated side we have Hektor Sambianco, President of the United Human Federation and his "Champion" Admiral Trang who would wnd will do anything that the President tells him to do. Even though it is obvious that President Sambianco is a sociopath (as are most serial killers).
On the Alliance side we have President Sandra O'Toole and her "Champion" Admiral J.D. Black. Black may not be as brutal as Trang, but she has none the less spilled her share of blood.
And the third party in the war is the avatars who have avoided being found out by humanity up to this point but in fact have been found out. Just like humanity the avatars are fighting their own battle against a rogue avatar who wants to kill any avatar who does not do what he wants done.
There is of course a good side to the avatars and they are not only trying to he;p the alliance but also limit damage to them by the rogue avatar.
Both sides prepare for what is expected to be a final battle for supremacy in their part of the galaxy.
Will a decisive battle really end the war ?
What will the losing side do in response ?
Are the avatars really on the Alliances side ?
What about their own internal war ?
With a wicked twist in the plot at the end, this along with the other 3 books in the series, this book will keep you up wanting to read more to see what happens.
One minor complaint is that editing was sloppy in the first quarter of the book with grammatical errors and the wrong words added or being used. After that, the rest of the book was flawless.
Highly recommended book.
Highly recommended series.
To me, it had a lot to live up to. The series opened with the original idea of humans born into incorporation rather than a being taxed from birth, explained in depth by the authors.
The following two books in the series whilst enjoyable are a lot 'lighter' reading (not a bad point) but left a lot of loose ends.
In this fourth and final book of the Unincorporated series all of those loose ends are pulled back and knitted into a seamless story of hope and trust in humanity and the ability of human nature to conquer all, including our own doubts and shortcomings.