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Book Review: Infomancy by Malka Older


Book synopsis: 

It’s been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global micro-democracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections. With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything’s on the line.

With power comes corruption. For Ken, this is his chance to do right by the idealistic Policy1st party and get a steady job in the big leagues. For Domaine, the election represents another staging ground in his ongoing struggle against the pax democratica. For Mishima, a dangerous Information operative, the whole situation is a puzzle: how do you keep the wheels running on the biggest political experiment of all time, when so many have so much to gain?

My review:

Imagine (and please imagine this), that one day, all of the world governments decided to end all war and switch to a global government. And now, instead of countries and states, there are just governments…each with their own rules. Now, imagine every 10 years, you have to vote for a new government. One on the local level and one on a global level. And also imagine that all the information that you get in controlled by an all encompassing search engine and the information is filtered to you.

Confusing, huh?

Well, it was extremely confusing to read, to be honest. The backstory wasn’t really explained until the middle of the book. Which wasn’t really helpful because I kept thinking to myself “WTH” every chapter. But when it was explained, it made more sense. I just think that if the author had explained it better in the beginning, there wouldn’t have been any confusion.

There was a huge pet peeve of mine in the book…..the author did not give any warning when jumping from character to character. It got confusing at times.

Now saying all that, I did like the base storyline. It was really good and I did like the chemistry between Ken and Mishima.

I did feel that the book was rushed in places, mainly the ending, and that there were some storylines (like Domaines) that should have been delved into more. But that’s just my opinion.

With the way that the book ended, I could see a 2nd book being written. Again, too many loose ends that weren’t tied up.

How many stars will I give Infomancy? 3 1/2

Why? While it was a great story, it jumped all over the place and I felt that there were too many sub stories going on. Also, the backstory should have been explained at the beginning instead of the middle of the book.

Will I reread Infomancy? Maybe

Will I reccomend it to family and friends? If they like cyberpunk stories, yes. Other than that, no.

Age range: Adult on up. There is sexual content and some violence.

Disclaimer: I received Infomocracy by Malk Older from Macmillan-Tor/Forge for my honest review. All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone.

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