When the Eye Sees Itself Paperback – February 18, 2018
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The story, in simple terms, there was nothing simple about this story, was about how the Director of Intelligence planted listening and controlling bugs all over the city. They used these bugs to listen not only to what is being said but to control people’s emotions. An insider, Agent Anaku, who disagreed with this control thing, became to only voice of truth and reason by disclosing what was happening. He had to go into hiding. In fact, no one knows whether he is alive or dead. Anyone who tried to crack into this very secretive and complex system was discovered and eliminated.
In part 1 and 2 of the story, I was completely lost. A lot of head hopping! The unconventional language of the story was not of our everyday parlance. It was as if the author was showing off his intelligence by daring the reader to try and understand him without using a dictionary. I was tempted several times to stop reading! Looking through the characters in the story, I could see the author very clearly in the person of James Malone.
I liked some characters in this story. Advocate Leo Baksh is on top of the list, followed by Anna Dao, Wendy Malone and John Hanes. The story started gathering heat from Part 3. I am happy I read it all through or I would have missed a very interesting ending. That is if it actually ended.
A future based on classification, not dissimilar than what we endure every day, the designation in "When the Eye Sees Itself" are "Aggressives", "Vulnerables" and "Citizens" of course by design in naming those who are "Citizens" benefit the most and sit on a top of an of a futuristic pyramid. Some of the characters in "When the Eye Sees Itself" take time to peg down their perception and quirks. The main character Leo; a "Citizen" takes on the case of Anna who wants to change her station in life; this brings me to a particular passage I like and why I find Eric Borgerson's writing not your run of the mill.
"These were the loci of Anna’s reluctance. She knew of few people like herself. A Vulnerable by birth, perceptive and sensitive bordering on psychic, and bereft of filters to protect herself from experiencing others’ suffering and dysfunction. Also, an incendiary temper and sometimes violent if she felt threatened. Occasionally overtly cruel if we’re being honest with ourselves, she thought. None of that should be a surprise given what she’d been through, but the law didn’t grapple well with contradictions."
That paragraph made me fear for Anna because there is this simmering of violence, terrorism waiting to boil over in this polarized society, innocent people get caught up much like our reality.
It is a packed novel "When the Eye Sees Itself" some heavy themes but never too graphic when it comes to the violence take your time to understand the vast assortment of people in and out of this story, have a little fun with it see what classification you fall under "Aggressives", "Vulnerables" or "Citizens".