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Title: A must read, and then must act (you’ll know which bits I mean😀)
Content: A very well written book that is so relevant. The characters are fully rounded and believable, as is the state of society at the time the novel is set. I know from speaking to those in the relevant fields that it would be easy to do what is done in the book (both good and bad), so maybe we can choose the good 😊 .
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Title: A Thrillingly Ambitious, If Slightly Unwieldy, Vision
Content: Naomi Alderman's "The Future" is a literary roller coaster hurtling through a futuristic landscape so vividly rendered, you can practically smell the synthetic rain. It's an audacious undertaking, a tapestry woven from threads of theological debate, sustainable living blueprints, tech wizardry that would make Elon Musk blush, and a cinematic narrative that explodes with action sequences, tender love stories, and existential crises thrown in for good measure. Alderman throws everything against the wall here, and for the most part, it sticks. We follow three tech billionaire titans fleeing a cataclysmic event, their insulated survival bunker a microcosm of the larger societal collapse outside. Meanwhile, ordinary people fight for survival, grapple with the ethics of AI, and navigate the perilous labyrinth of online life. These disparate strands interweave and collide in a dizzying symphony of big ideas and intimate moments. Alderman's strength lies in her keen eye for societal trends and her ability to twist them into mind-bending futurism. The way online discourse has evolved into a weaponized playground, the blurring lines between physical and digital entities, the very concept of what constitutes humanity in a tech-saturated world – these are ideas she tackles with intellectual prowess and razor-sharp wit. But here's the rub: compared to the focused brilliance of "The Power," "The Future" feels, at times, like a kaleidoscope overloaded with possibilities. While its thematic breadth is staggering, it can also be a tad unwieldy. The sheer ambition becomes, in some instances, its own limitation. Certain threads feel underdeveloped, others stretched too thin, vying for attention in a narrative already bursting at the seams. This isn't to say it's not a thrilling read. Alderman's prose crackles with energy, her characters are nuanced and engaging, and the story crescendos to a satisfying, if somewhat predictable, climax. It's just that in the shadow of "The Power's" laser-sharp focus, "The Future" feels, unfortunately, a little diffuse. Ultimately, "The Future" is a testament to Alderman's boundless imagination and her willingness to grapple with the biggest questions facing humanity. It's a rollicking ride, packed with thrilling action, poignant reflection, and thought-provoking futurism. But amidst the dazzling pyrotechnics, one can't help but yearn for the laser-focused brilliance that made "The Power" such a tour de force. So, dive into "The Future" for its sheer ambition, its dazzling ideas, and its undeniable entertainment value. Just be prepared for a wild ride with a few narrative bumps along the way. Edit: In the spirit of the book, I produced this review with Bard. My prompt: Write a warm review of the future by Naomi alderman. Include the idea that the book is extremely ambitious - interweaving theological treatise, vision for sustainable future with new ideas on how tech will evolve, alongside grand cinematic action sequences, a love story and existential plotting. Explain that this all adds up to a very clever rollicking read, but that because of the ambition it all feels a bit too big in comparison to her previous book, the power, which I thought was probably better
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Title: Beautifully came together. Loud-and-clear messages, really well constructed not-even dystopia
Content: I wish I'd been able to read this over fewer days, it felt more disjointed than it actually was, and once the main story took over, really needed to be finished in one go. Loved The Power, and saw the author's name and instantly went for this. It's an our-world-and-what-we-are-heading-towards story with the heads of the most powerful tech organisations at the heart of it. With the world heading speedily towards environmental ruin, humans in a consumer fug, a few individuals close to those at the very top of the global hierarchy weigh up the moral cost of doing something about it. I really don't want to give much in the way of detail (available elsewhere anyway), as it would possibly ruin the experience. But this was so very worth it, and I came away from this almost disappointed that characters like Martha aren't really taking our Future into their hands and helping out the world. Maybe Alderman is too. Lots of turns and extraneous information that you look back on and see the relevance of later. Alderman has spent a lot of effort in the creation and structure of this and it shows. Fantastic story, I hope it makes it to a screen as well, though I hope fans who've only seen The Power on TV (I'm not one of them), will now pick up her books and see just what is possible if the world takes off its blinkers and looks long-term. With thanks to Netgalley for providing a sample reading copy.
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Title: Disappointing and very slow in parts
Content: Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book with no obligation to review. I really enjoyed The Power so I was very keen to read this book but unfortunately I was disappointed. The premise is good and it starts off quite well. Some of the book is quite interesting - the pasts of all the characters, and even exciting - Lai Zhen at the Singapore conference and all the business with AUGR. I liked the description of the life on the island too and the amazing suits. I liked Martha and Lai Zhen and the biblical and Enochite things (apart from the bear episode in which i felt sorry for the bear). I was intrigued by the suggestion that all the brotherly feuds in the Bible are actually about 2 different ways of living. The view of the book seems to favour the nomadic and hunting life but I would imagine that such a life was very hard on women. There are a lot of flashbacks in Lai Zhen's story and they confused me a bit, sometimes I was not sure if we were in the now or in the lead up to now. I quite liked the substance of the social media posts but not the format as all the status and @ remarks and flaming confused me. Also, my copy had blank squares in in at the social media posts, i don't know if that is a formatting problem or if it means something which escaped me. In the middle of the book I felt that the pace got very slow and in my opinion we get bogged down by the tech stuff, especially Marius and the matchboxes analogy and the homebrew tech which goes on for ages and which I, for one, neither cared about nor understood. The Future part seemed highly unlikely to me. Commendable of course in what they were trying to do but, where is all the electricity going to come from for all these cars etc. Are humans naturally cooperative or competitive? Surely this Utopia is doomed? The epilogue was a nice touch but there was not enough about what happened to Lai Zhen and Martha. All in all a bit of a chore to read and at times I felt I was just ploughing (like Rabbit lol) on to the end.
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Title: A must read, and then must act (you’ll know which bits I mean😀)
Content: A very well written book that is so relevant. The characters are fully rounded and believable, as is the state of society at the time the novel is set. I know from speaking to those in the relevant fields that it would be easy to do what is done in the book (both good and bad), so maybe we can choose the good 😊 .
Rating:
Title: A Thrillingly Ambitious, If Slightly Unwieldy, Vision
Content: Naomi Alderman's "The Future" is a literary roller coaster hurtling through a futuristic landscape so vividly rendered, you can practically smell the synthetic rain. It's an audacious undertaking, a tapestry woven from threads of theological debate, sustainable living blueprints, tech wizardry that would make Elon Musk blush, and a cinematic narrative that explodes with action sequences, tender love stories, and existential crises thrown in for good measure. Alderman throws everything against the wall here, and for the most part, it sticks. We follow three tech billionaire titans fleeing a cataclysmic event, their insulated survival bunker a microcosm of the larger societal collapse outside. Meanwhile, ordinary people fight for survival, grapple with the ethics of AI, and navigate the perilous labyrinth of online life. These disparate strands interweave and collide in a dizzying symphony of big ideas and intimate moments. Alderman's strength lies in her keen eye for societal trends and her ability to twist them into mind-bending futurism. The way online discourse has evolved into a weaponized playground, the blurring lines between physical and digital entities, the very concept of what constitutes humanity in a tech-saturated world – these are ideas she tackles with intellectual prowess and razor-sharp wit. But here's the rub: compared to the focused brilliance of "The Power," "The Future" feels, at times, like a kaleidoscope overloaded with possibilities. While its thematic breadth is staggering, it can also be a tad unwieldy. The sheer ambition becomes, in some instances, its own limitation. Certain threads feel underdeveloped, others stretched too thin, vying for attention in a narrative already bursting at the seams. This isn't to say it's not a thrilling read. Alderman's prose crackles with energy, her characters are nuanced and engaging, and the story crescendos to a satisfying, if somewhat predictable, climax. It's just that in the shadow of "The Power's" laser-sharp focus, "The Future" feels, unfortunately, a little diffuse. Ultimately, "The Future" is a testament to Alderman's boundless imagination and her willingness to grapple with the biggest questions facing humanity. It's a rollicking ride, packed with thrilling action, poignant reflection, and thought-provoking futurism. But amidst the dazzling pyrotechnics, one can't help but yearn for the laser-focused brilliance that made "The Power" such a tour de force. So, dive into "The Future" for its sheer ambition, its dazzling ideas, and its undeniable entertainment value. Just be prepared for a wild ride with a few narrative bumps along the way. Edit: In the spirit of the book, I produced this review with Bard. My prompt: Write a warm review of the future by Naomi alderman. Include the idea that the book is extremely ambitious - interweaving theological treatise, vision for sustainable future with new ideas on how tech will evolve, alongside grand cinematic action sequences, a love story and existential plotting. Explain that this all adds up to a very clever rollicking read, but that because of the ambition it all feels a bit too big in comparison to her previous book, the power, which I thought was probably better
Rating:
Title: Beautifully came together. Loud-and-clear messages, really well constructed not-even dystopia
Content: I wish I'd been able to read this over fewer days, it felt more disjointed than it actually was, and once the main story took over, really needed to be finished in one go. Loved The Power, and saw the author's name and instantly went for this. It's an our-world-and-what-we-are-heading-towards story with the heads of the most powerful tech organisations at the heart of it. With the world heading speedily towards environmental ruin, humans in a consumer fug, a few individuals close to those at the very top of the global hierarchy weigh up the moral cost of doing something about it. I really don't want to give much in the way of detail (available elsewhere anyway), as it would possibly ruin the experience. But this was so very worth it, and I came away from this almost disappointed that characters like Martha aren't really taking our Future into their hands and helping out the world. Maybe Alderman is too. Lots of turns and extraneous information that you look back on and see the relevance of later. Alderman has spent a lot of effort in the creation and structure of this and it shows. Fantastic story, I hope it makes it to a screen as well, though I hope fans who've only seen The Power on TV (I'm not one of them), will now pick up her books and see just what is possible if the world takes off its blinkers and looks long-term. With thanks to Netgalley for providing a sample reading copy.
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