Okay-ish futuristic tale. Can always tell it's written by a man when encountering the rather distasteful and gratuitous sexual references (are they really necessary?). Rather dark & grim otherwise. Probably fittingly for the setting. But perhaps unrelentingly so. Could use some relief along the way. Nice depiction of an unregulated spiral of the free market into stratifying society and the 'otherness' it creates between classes. Makes a good read to give to a supporter of the wealthy classes to give them an inkling of what they're shaping the world into.
I am sure this book was wonderful in the early 80’s when it was written. One thing Stephen King does, and I have heard him say he does, is he rights in the time he is righting. He readily admits that a lot of his books “Date themselves”. This is not a bad thing at all, and many of his books do hold up to the test of time. This book, however, did not. It is just hard for me to read something written 30 or 35 years ago about what life is going to be like, “Now” and it is always this horrible, dark view of the future. I did get a kick out of the technology though. How there was no Concept of the internet and wireless devices. Of cores King would have hand no way to even hold the consept of this this in 1980’s. But the way he had to record things on a video tape and mail it in just cracked me up. Oh well, it was interesting I guess but not grate. Just like this review. :0)>