In a world wrecked by climate change, in a society owned by the ultra rich, in a city hollowed out by industrial flight, Hubert, Etc, Seth and Natalie have nowhere else to be and nothing better to do But there is another way After all, now that anyone can design and print the basic necessities of life food, clothing, shelter from a computer, there is little reason to toil within the system So, like thousands of others in the mid 21st century, the three of them turn their back on the world of rules, jobs, the morning commute and walkaway It s a dangerous world out there the empty, lawless lands are hiding predators animal and human alike Still, when the initial pioneer walkaways flourish, the few become many, building what threatens to become a post scarcity utopia But then the walkaways discover the one thing the ultra rich have never been able to buy how to beat death And now it s war a war that will turn the world upside down....
|Publisher||:||Head of Zeus Ltd 11 Januar 2018|
|Number of Pages||:||505 Seiten|
|File Size||:||767 KB|
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Enjoyable, it summarizes well a number of current ideas, and brings in some new ones, but I can't help feeling that a longer wait would have improved it, filled some gaps.
I couldn't finish this book, the first chapter started out great but then the characters completely failed to develop and I new characters that were added were pale and one-dimensional. Couldn't care less what happens to any of them.There is no real story and no progression, at least not in the parts I managed to read.Very interesting concepts in general, but a waste of time as a novel.Got this as a present.
If you read the right books, (the ones the author read) then you'll likely come to a similar conclusion that this "default reality" is not sustainable, and while the book is set in the USA/Canada as the issues are more acute there, I think it's a good look into the near future. It pretty much does what the review on the front cover says. Namely, it provides a well thought out utopian vision. My brother went walk away 20+ years ago, he was talking about putting up an industrial windmill for power, (in rural France) last time I spoke to him about this. So this is not some flight of fantasy, his kitchen and living quarters resembles the B&B just without the technology. With decent 3D printing technology, his life would be greatly improved.In summary it's a good book, if you want a narrative of where the West goes from here. Recommended.
One of the best contemporary science fiction authors, Doctorow manages to extrapolate current social trends into a dystopic, but not completely dark future. A future where the gap between rich and poor has gotten even greater and the "one percent" are now the 0.0001 percent. While this capitalistic oligarchy rules, and most people struggle to keep their job and survive, some turn their back on "normal" and walk away.The many parallels drawn between the walkaway future and the present range from corruption and police brutality to the workings of the open source community. Filled with vibrant, believable characters this is an excellent novel.The physical book: I recommend the hardcover as the jacket's beautifully done.
Eventuell ist mein Englisch zu schlecht, um der Geschichte richtig folgen zu können, aber ich bin auf Seite 139 von 379 und habe noch immer keinen Zugang gefunden. Viele Dialoge. Viel innere Gedankenwelt. Viele Personen, die für mich bisher gesichtslos geblieben sind. Ich habe das Buch Doctorow wegen gekauft. Little Brother / Pirate Cinema / Homeland fand ich alles fesselnd (und hatte keine Probleme mit dem Englisch), aber das hier reißt mich bisher nicht vom Hocker.
[minimale Spoiler]Das Setting der Story ist hervorragend, die Prämissen auch. Leider hapert es vollkommen an einem logisch kohärenten Plot. Auch dass ziemlich wahl- und grundlos Protagonisten sterben und neue, handlungsleitende Charaktere hinzukommen ist irritierend wie unnötig. Zudem fehlt jedwede Rationale für das Handeln der Antagonisten.Von daher: Gute Idee, schlecht umgesetzt.