- Title: The Machine Society: Rich or Poor. They Want You to Be a Prisoner
- Author: MikeBrooks
- ISBN: 9781785352522
- Page: 187
- Format: Paperback
Mike Brooks debut novel is an adventure story set in a dystopian future in which our taste for branding, consumerism and artificial reality is boundless In The Machine Society , he weaves together psychological insight, philosophical reflection and spiritual inquiry to give us a novel that is both a deep satire on modern life and a rich metaphor for our longing to find iMike Brooks debut novel is an adventure story set in a dystopian future in which our taste for branding, consumerism and artificial reality is boundless In The Machine Society , he weaves together psychological insight, philosophical reflection and spiritual inquiry to give us a novel that is both a deep satire on modern life and a rich metaphor for our longing to find inner peace Dean Rogers lives in the Perimeter of New London, holding down a soul destroying job, surrounded by people who have lost the will to communicate He is afraid his debts will spiral out of control, resulting in him being cast out of the city, outside of the Security Wall Meanwhile, in the Better Life Complex, New London s rich elite live in plastic luxury, unaware of the sinister secrets that underpin their world The Machine Society is an original and intelligent sci fi thriller, and a heartfelt rally cry for the soul s liberation.
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The idea is quite clever and the premise is interesting. However I wasn't enamored with the execution. The writing is a bit clunky and the ending too abrupt.It's a quick read though and a lot happens in those pages. I particularly enjoyed the vivid description of futuristic (and very realistic) video games. The book is filled with thoughtful philosophical concepts and a dose of healthy satire. Despite that it never comes across as pretentious and I can definitely see parts of the future Mike Bro [...]
I was able to read The Machine Society thanks to NetGalley.The Machine Society is a dystopian sci-fi novel that moved fast, sometimes at the expense of the story. But I liked that it was a quick read and even though it was heavily philosophical, it wasn't pretentious. It had many clever aspects to it, such as the branding of education (e.g. "Starbucks University") but the satire was also at times a little too obvious. I will say that I can definitely see parts of this future society actually hap [...]
A Fast Read, indeed. Likes: the writing was smooth and the pacing steady; Dislikes: the plot and subplots not tense enough; the characters not those I could root for; and the scifi world not unique enough. If the author reworks these elements, especially in earlier chapters, I'd give it a 4 star for sure.
A clever (and short) updating of 1984 with a rather abrupt ending and not much world building. The world here is a corporate enclave with two major corporations both vying for customers from each other. There are lots of good ideas in the book (every individual being sponsored by a company to market corporate products to others) but no overall thought in how a world like this would function. Where for example is anything of original value being created in this world if all individuals do is mark [...]
The Machine Society is a solid philosophical challenge to reality via perception. Dean, the main character, lives in one side of a dystopian society and is given the chance to live on the other side for a while, and he follows a similar personal journey of Sam Lowry in Brazil or Winston Smith in 1984.Brook's writing provides plenty of world building which doesn't detract from the story. The world of The Machine Society is horrifying and probable. A very good read. An easy read. A one-day read. I [...]
This was witty, with some laugh-out-loud moments, and an easy, enjoyable read. It felt a bit unfinished - there were a couple of continuity issues (it was never quite clear if Jane was still Dean's wife or not) and there were a few cliches which could have been avoided I think. The topic - consumerist dystopia - is well-trodden ground. I think this book's angle on it is the humorous one, and this could have been played up a bit more. I really enjoyed the plasticky world and the hyper-consumerism [...]
This book isn’t bad, and it gets better if you stick with it. It just feels a bit run-of-the mill and too similar to other books and films of this genre. The relationship between the main character and the love interest feels rushed and I think it may have worked better as a slightly longer book where the world in which the protagonist lives could be more fully explored. And the relationships he develops might feel a bit more real!
I was very excited to read this book and I loved the premise, but it fell flat on the delivery. Some parts of the writing felt too draggy and some parts were too rushed. I got bored with the character halfway through and struggled to finish the book. (ARC received from NetGalley)
This book had potential but moved very slowly with an almost non-existent plot. DNF.
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