- File Size: 1440 KB
- Print Length: 382 pages
- Publisher: James McAllister; 6 edition (November 16, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 16, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A8YTHCK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,102,330 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
iNation: To Dry the Tears of a Billion Children Kindle Edition
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I'm in total awe that McAllister keeps every thread moving without tangling! iNation is a complicated book in the same way that the Harry Potter novels are complicated. There's always a lot going on, but following the plot is a pleasure rather than an annoying challenge. The locations leap all over the world at warp speed, but McAllister always gives enough clues to ground the reader right away in the new setting.
The characters are larger than life and at the same time believable. There's an overall superhero feel, in the most complimentary sense. Zani is the perfect heroine/antiheroine, a hard shelled sensitive damaged take charge soul. Jay reminds me a little of Buckaroo from the movie The Further Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai, in that he's a rocker out to save the world. Jay has the same intelligence and wit, and he always stays a step ahead of the game. The villains are all too believable, the ripped from the headlines scary monsters who in fact do control the world.
At the core of iNation are the geeks. If you've ever wondered what would happen if the geeks took over the world, this is your book. Outrageous technology is tossed around casually; world-changing decisions are made based on the votes of everyone on the Web. It's like the Google workplace takes over for global government. McAllister doesn't shy away from the potential weaknesses in such a system. Even Utopia has it's drawbacks and villains.
iNation is visual. In each scene, I can practically see the movie (which will be totally amazing, by the way). For the literarily inclined, iNation reminds me a bit of the dry insightful humor of Terry Pratchett, the intense social commentary of Thomas Pynchon, and the hectic detail and sarcasm of Voltaire. I'm not kidding, this is a GIANT of a book! Best of all, it's entertainng. You can sit down and read iNation just for fun without a study guide, but I'd bet good money you'll want to talk with your friends about it.
So, do yourself a favor and buy iNation now, before it becomes a $30 hardcover. Once you've read it, get all your friends to buy and read it too. It's that kind of book. Kudos to James McAllister. He's got to be a genius, and iNation is an outrageous, flaming masterpiece!
The book is about a nation, iNation, which is unlike any nation we understand a nation to be. It fits the definition of a nation as defined by the UN Montevideo Protocols. However, unlike other nations, it has no borders, unless, of course, you consider Earth as having a border. Under the UN Charter, a nation is defined as `a cultural and social community.' iNation is such a community, a cultural and social community, sharing a common identity and an ethical and philosophical doctrine.
iNation established itself to make the lives of everyone on the planet more bearable; with "more food, clean water, and shelter, and with less fear," and "with more information and influence on matters that affect them." It is comprised of people all over the world, all two point two billion of them, each living within other countries, but each sharing a common identity. iNation is the largest nation on Earth.
Who controls iNation? Its citizens, via fifty or sixty `likes' or `dislikes' a day on the website, all collected and collated by a large computer called, "The Beast," a "computer Vast Array running on Ultra software using bubble technology" comprising of "seven acres of computer servers under a mountain in Norway" and a "tangle of wires, fiber optic cables and bundles located around the world."
Will iNation succeed in achieving their goals? Existing power structures within each country, whether political, business, or religious, are notoriously entrenched within the "status quo." Each has failed to do what they have been morally and ethically obligated or tasked to do by law, decree, statute, edict, convention, or code of conduct, not to mention the wishes and needs of the people. What can iNation do that nobody before has ever been able to do?
The book, iNation, is a work of genius and may be an answer to saving our planet Earth. The book explores and develops themes on politics, religion, power, nuclear capability, and war, each addressed to show the current problems and the sheer amount of effort that will be required to overcome the status quo. It is presented as `a puzzle wrapped in an enigma,' where the reader must fit the pieces together to understand the full picture. Nonetheless, the book is a simple love story of a young girl caught up in her struggles `to dry the tears of a billion children.' Nothing is what it seems. No one is who they appear to be. We all need to read it to believe.
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