Justin Cord is the only unincorporated man in the world, a true stranger in this strange land. Justin survived because he is tough and smart. He cannot accept only part ownership of himself, even if that places him in conflict with a civilization that extends outside the solar system to the Oort Cloud. People will be arguing about this novel and this world for decades.
©2009 Dani and Eytan Kollin; (P)2009 Tantor
I found this story very well done. The author wrote it in such a way as to make you think that the story is very predictable, but then all of a sudden he takes you in a very different direction. He also does it in such a way so that when you look back at the story it all fits. He doesn't just throw things in. He really does a good job of it. Another thing done well is the construction of the world in which he places you. It is very believable and hopefully in the not to distant future some of the tech described will come about. Lastly the description of the political environment will and should provide many hours of thought and discussion for those interested in such things. And I would highly recommend it as a good read for a political science class to stimulate discussion.
I absolutely love the story in this, the pacing. The second book, The Unincorporated War is a completely different style, but they all tie in so beautifully. I love this book and I have been suggesting it to family and friends big time ever since.
The performance is fantastic. Todd McLaren did Halo: Fall of Reach as well and is fantastic.
Whether you like philosophy, sci-fi, or just a damn good story, you should check out this entire series.
I typically listen to about a half dozen sci-fi audio books a year but for some reason this one stands out as the most memorable in about 2 years. The basics have been covered well in sci-fi with the exception of the economic strain of individual incorporation and what happens when you have a disruptive agent. It worked for me. I also enjoyed to subplot related to the AI agents in the cloud associated with individuals through the use of ipads of the future.
I found this book to be fun, original, and a quick listen. I found myself making time to listen because it was so enjoyable. The reader is good, and the writing is fantastic. I will definitely purchase another book written by this team! I loved the concept and the world they built. I can't wait to listen to the 2nd book and hope to see many more from these guys. Overall, a raging success and a book I could recommend to friends and to my family.
I got started reading science fiction when the only SF available was science extrapolated beyond science but still plausible with real characters, action and humor that was so close to science fact that one could really "see" the plausibility of the constuct. That was before anything "social" or pertaining to society was considered of the sciences.
This book has taken the social sciences and extrapolated from them some very plausible possibilities that with the characters, action and humor, present an excellent story well worth investing time and dollars into.
I rated this a full five stars and that is something I very rarely do. It broadened my scope and understanding of an aspect of society by compairing it to another very interesting possibility. It is an enjoyable excercise in expanding concepts.
But, there is yet more! Some of the physical "hardware" the characters interact with expands beyond sliding doors and adds to the SF aspect of the story without going so far as beaming people from place to place. When a story goes too far beyond reality, it should be classed as science fantasy. I have read some good science fantasy and don't distain it. I just would like it to be labeled as such.
There are some plot holes and the writing style isn't great but I really enjoyed the concepts. The authors have inspiring imaginations.
I wanted to finish this book, and I will, but I'll actually read it. The concept of this novel is fresh (even if the dialogue is a bit stilted) but the voice actor (Todd McLaren) completely ruins it for me. His intonations are so over the top as to almost sound like he's mocking audio books in general. Get the novel, forget the audiobook.
What a concept of people being incorporated from birth. Very original if this had not been thought up before. I can't remember anything similar being portrayed in book or film. As long as the book was, it would need to have been much longer to cover all the detail for me to give it 5 stars. But I was very glad I used my monthly credit to get this one.
The "virtual museum" was almost terrifying. I almost had to pull over to listen to that. Sorry, can't give any clues about it or would be a spoiler.
By the end of the book I was really tired of hearing about the main character's struggle not to incorporate. The author's had some very original ideas, enjoyed some of the short stories that gave background to the main plot. Worth reading, but not something I'll be rereading any time soon.
Woooo What A great Book I gave it 5 stars because there isn't 10 stars ..This is a thought provoking story set just a few centauries in the future and is a good (what if Story)I liked it well enough that I will listen to it again soon..
I hope that you like as much as I did.. :)
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