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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Super Sad True Love Story

This was my first E-book purchase from Barnes and Noble.  I was wandering around the store a couple of months ago and was fascinated with the cover of this book.  I read the blurb on the back, a distopian future, government intrusion, xenophobia, count me in!  I started by downloading a sample, samples are the best part about e-book readers.  It takes the best part of bookstores where you can thumb through a book you're not sure you'll like but it takes out that part where you have to travel to a bookstore and feel guilty about ruining a book you have no intention of buying.

The story is set in a near future, everyone is afraid of terrorism so government checkpoints exist everywhere from the ferry terminal to random stops on the road.  Permanent life extension is just around the corner, in fact the protagonist works for a company that sells life extension.  I loved how Gary Shteyngart handled the evolution of social networking.  Everyone is on a global social networking site called globalteens.  All of your information is on the site, your credit rating, a rating of how attractive you are, all of the photos and videos that you've ever taken or been in.  I liked it because the truth may be that in the future, when so much information about ourselves is online, the only way to manage it will be to overshare.

I loved the book and the characters but I can't say it was a great or even a very good book.  The characters were engaging, the world was deep and well thought out, but the plot was just missing.  The characters wandered around in the world, the book came to a conclusion but I was left wondering where the other half of the book is.  Not in a good way where you're waiting for a sequel but in a bad way where you wonder if the author and publisher took a half finished book and decided to push it out to meet a deadline.  If you look it up on Amazon you'll see very mixed reviews, it's a like it or hate it kind of book.  I'd liked it, but felt it deserved a bit more work.

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