Publisher: Macmillan-Tor/Forge, Tor.com
Date of publication: June 7th, 2016
Genre: Science Fiction, Cyberpunk, Dystopia, Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy, Thriller
Series: Centenal Cycle
Null States—Book 2
State Tectonics—Book 3
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.
Imagine that one day, all the world governments decided to end all wars and switch to a global government. And now, instead of countries and states, there are governments, each with its 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. Also, imagine that all the information is controlled by an all-encompassing search engine and is filtered to you.
Well, it was confusing to read, to be honest. The backstory wasn’t explained until the middle of the book. This wasn’t helpful because I kept thinking “WTH” every chapter. But when it was explained, it made more sense. If the author had explained it better, there wouldn’t have been any confusion in the beginning.
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 liked Ken and Mishima’s chemistry.
I did feel that the book was rushed in places and that some storylines should have been delved into more. But that’s my opinion.
With the book ending, I could see a 2nd book being written. Again, too many loose ends that weren’t tied up.
I would recommend Infomocracy to anyone over 21.
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