Infomancy (Centenal Cycle: Book 1) by Malka Older

Infomocracy: Book One of the Centenal Cycle by [Older, Malka]

Publisher: Macmillan-Tor/Forge, Tor.com

Date of publication: June 7th, 2016

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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?

Infomocracy is Malka Older’s debut novel.

My review:

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

Confusing, huh?

Well, it was confusing to read, to be honest. The backstory wasn’t explained until the middle of the book. Which wasn’t helpful because I kept thinking to myself “WTH” every chapter. But when it was explained, it made more sense. 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 good and I did like the chemistry between Ken and Mishima.

I did feel that the book was rushed in places and that some storylines that should have been delved into more. But that’s 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 recommend it to family and friends? If they like cyberpunk stories, yes. Other than that, no.

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

Where to buy: Amazon

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