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I ADORED this book.
The author has some excellent predictions about our future, and I fully believe that some of his peek into the mist of time won't be far off the truth when we get there. Read this as a very entertaining piece of work, or as a point of view on 'now' and our future, or both as I did.
Everyone pays a subscription fee service for everything. Yes, everything (truly). When you can't afford to pay, all your furniture disappears. Someone has been giving away free couches to needy people. These days, why would anyone want to do that? It's everyone for themselves, surely? One guy involved in the delivery of these free couches is found dead. The deeper Reece's investigation goes, the odder it seems. Finding the reasons for the sofas has very surprising consequences.
This is a very clever tale full of intelligent thoughts and ideas. There are sections of this book that made me think of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, where you must have the basic needs (food, water, shelter) before you can move onwards and upwards with your life. If you don't, then this is when the problems start. I often wonder if the speed we live our lives at these days can continue safely. Personally, my health is a victim of this speed. In the book it does continue, however people find themselves unable to slow down. Sometimes a book comes forward and proclaims that it needs to be further looked into. This is one of them...
It really is a fantastic story, so well-written and well-told, the characters are true-to-life with issues that we can all relate to now, which will only be a thousand times worse in the future. There are a LOT to choose from between these pages, but one line in particular just hit home to me: 'In a time of international turmoil, the real story was obscured by the frenzy.' Complete and utter brilliance.
I chose to voluntarily read and honestly review a Patreon edition of this book. All opinions are my own.