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Publisher's Summary

It's been 20 years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global microdemocracy. 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.

©2016 Malka Older (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"A fast-paced, post-cyberpunk political thriller.... If you always wanted to put The West Wing in a particle accelerator with Snow Crash to see what would happen, read this book." (Max Gladstone, author of Last First Snow
"Smart, ambitious, bursting with provocative extrapolations, Infomocracy is the big-data-big-ideas-techno-analytical-microdemoglobal-post-everything political thriller we've been waiting for." (Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings)
"In the mid-21st century, your biggest threat isn't Artificial Intelligence - it's other people. Yet the passionate, partisan, political and ultimately fallible men and women fighting for their beliefs are also Infomocracy's greatest hope. An inspiring book about what we frail humans could still achieve, if we learn to work together." (Karl Schroeder, author of Lockstep and the Virga saga)

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Good story, bad narration

I found the story very engaging and enjoyed it a lot, however I never could quite get immersed in it, mostly because of the narrator's constant mispronunciation of the Japanese names (which make up about half of the characters), as well as fairly poor attempts at various accents.

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Pattern Recognition-Snow Crash Remix. So good!

Feels like diving headfirst into a mash-up of early Neal Stephenson (think Snow Crash) and William Gibson (think Neuromancer or Pattern Recognition). Good fast clean cyberpunk fun with just enough twistiness and interesting reality to get your brain going.

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Lots of great character development. Lots of great context setting. Very good narration. Just not enough happening.

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At heart, this novel is a political thriller

Infomocracy by Malka Ann Older is a science fiction and political thriller set in the future where an entity, called Information, controls all information and search engines. In this world, government has transitioned from nations to micro-democracies, with many different kinds of governance, corporate and otherwise, over small population Centenals. The story follows a few different characters with intersecting paths during a turbulent election period. Ken works for a campaign, trying to elect his employer and government in different Centenals and gain a majority standing. Mishima is an operative for Information, trying to see trends in the data and keep the spread of information as clean of corruption as possible. As the election season progresses, these two characters’ paths intersect many times as potential corruption slowly comes to light, creating a storm for the information and political world.

At heart, this novel is a political thriller, but it’s filled with technological advances that fit a science fiction story. While the storyline may seem confusing or dense at first, ultimately, I found it incredibly thought-provoking. The characters could have been more complex. In addition to the two main characters, the story is also told from the perspective to 3-4 additional characters. But the real focus of the story is in the world building, the dynamic progression of the election season, and how the different players interact with the changing political landscape. The details in the world building are fantastic and the characters’ brief sojourns in different Centenals bring each into clear and fascinating focus. and the supporting characters, residing in different Centenals and around the world, further fill up the story with rich detail and complexity. The Information entity and how it is incorporated into the daily lives of the people was especially fascinating and reminiscent of reality. The story-line is fast-paced, action-packed, and highly unique. I have never read a novel like this one and I really enjoyed it.

The narration by Christine Marshall was fantastic.  Her fast pacing voicing was perhaps a little challenging to decipher on occasion, but the pace of the story calls for fast speech. Ultimately, she did a great job. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys fast paced political thrillers and science fiction.

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non stop thriller

older takes you on a wild unforgettable ride! best book of the summer! str8 up!

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The politic system of the future?

Election drama in an alternate political system.

The author likes long complicated sentences and the narrator skims through the book quickly and not always with the intonation spot on. That was a bad combo. I had to really concentrate all the time.

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Too much is never explored or explained.

It's ironic that this is titled "Infomocracy", since one of the themes in the book is too much information quickly becomes no information, but at the same time the book immediately throws so many concepts and characters at you it's hard to follow or even find the plot. The main theme and action eventually become clear, but there are so many themes that are alluded to and never explored, so many ideas that are brought up and never explained, that the actual story gets lost and it feels more like an "over-your-head" lecture with some cardboard characters thrown in now and then.

I believe the narrator tried to add some excitement by reading at an uncomfortably fast pace. Instead of creating excitement she is on to the next idea before the first one has had time to "land." I might have enjoyed the book more if it was read at a slightly slower pace. I can just barely recommend this book, but only in print.

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  • 05-21-21

Better as a Short Story

Some interesting elements and original additions to the cyberpunk genre, but this would have been better served as a short story or novella. As a novel, it feels bloated. Could probably listen to an hour or two at the beginning and the last two hours and you have more than you need.

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Starts not-so-great but gets a lot better

I found the story is bit confused at first and the narration quite bland. But the story soon got really good and the narration seemed to improve. It's we'll worth a listen.

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Disappointing!

This book started out great but the complete lack of world building hurt it. You never get an understanding of why the the form of government used here is used. Micro-democracies are in place all over the world were each group of 100k (centennials) people vote on their government. They vote on political parties that’ll run the individual centennials. These political parties are trying to get a supermajority & that’s where the political intrigue comes in.

The above is a great premise for a political thriller & after you add all the cyberpunk/near-future tech the ingredients are all there. Sadly it doesn’t come together. Why did the world end up with this form of government? How did you get countries to give up sovereignty? How did these political parties become a quasi religion with voting a sacrament? These are important questions that need to be answered so you get a feel for the world but no answers were provided. The only thing this book concentrates on is the vote process. You travel all over the world but because you never see normal life it felt small.

The characters were all one dimensional & none are remotely sympathetic. One of the leads is an unstable abusive ninja who has no issues attacking someone with little evidence of wrongdoing. Another lead has a teen-in-love mentality that was very weird.

While the bones of a good book are here there’s just too much missing to give it a positive evaluation. Ultimately I did not care, or understand, the world or any of the characters. Not sure I trust the authors write to continue on with the trilogy.

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  • Max Gibbons
  • 02-14-21

Performance inconsistent and too fast

Had to listen on 0.7 speed to be able to follow the story - the narration was far too fast, and their style was not great for the content of the book. I can’t help thinking I would have followed the story better and enjoyed the book more with a different narrator.

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  • R. Maines
  • 11-25-20

A game of two parts

It’s a pity Audible doesn’t let you do split ratings as the first 2/3rds of this is 2 stars. The first part is very dry, made worse by the narrator. However in the last third of the book, the plot kicks into high gear for roller coaster ride of a story that has a rather abrupt ending.

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  • 04-11-19

give it a chance, it all becomes clearer

was confused in the beginning.. give it a chance, slow the reading down a bit. by midway I was hooked and loved the ending. great book

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  • 02-27-19

not great

The book was unconvincing and chaotic. I felt no empathy with any of the characters or scenarios. struggled on with it most of the way through, but couldn't find the motivation to persist with it until the end

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  • 10-12-18

ouch my ears

Really should have listened to a sample on this first, I couldn't stand the robotic voice which massively distracted from the narrative and led me to giving up on this after 20 minutes.

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  • D. Hawthorne
  • 05-18-20

Democracy based science fiction thriller

It was a pleasure to listen to a well read book. The narrator was clear, articulate, and emotive.

This book is unusual in that the plot involve a democracy rather than the authoritarian systems of most other science fiction literature. This aspect gave greater drama as the characters navigated the various factions.

Having purchased the Audible version of this book got me through the book much faster than I normally would have.

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