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Null States

The Centenal Cycle, Book 2
Narrated by: Christine Marshall
Series: The Centenal Cycle, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
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Null States continues Campbell Award finalist Malka Older's Centenal Cycle: the politically charged science fiction trilogy that began with Infomocracy.

  • A Locus Award Finalist for Best First Novel
  • The book The Huffington Post called "one of the greatest literary debuts in recent history"
  • Named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, The Verge, Flavorwire, Kirkus, and Book Riot

The future of democracy is about to implode.

After the last controversial global election, the global infomocracy that has ensured 30 years of world peace is fraying at the edges. As the new Supermajority government struggles to establish its legitimacy, agents of information across the globe strive to keep the peace and maintain the flows of data that feed the new world order.

In the newly incorporated DarFur, a governor dies in a fiery explosion. In Geneva, a superpower hatches plans to bring microdemocracy to its knees. In Central Asia, a sprawling war among archaic states threatens to explode into a global crisis. And across the world, a shadowy plot is growing, threatening to strangle Information with the reins of power.

"Christine Marshall narrates a chilling near-future thriller...The complex plot shifts between three main storylines, but Marshall keeps all of them clear through her straightforward delivery." ( AudioFile Magazine)
©2017 Malka Older (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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  • 11-19-18

Great Book 2 of 3

We get more Mishima! We get a lot more Roz! This book keeps us hurtling along the micro-democracy of the near future, addressing the biggest question I had about Infomocracy (the first book): did everyone really just go along with this radical new set-up?

The answer, of course, is "no", and Older delivers several different plausible reactions from people who would _not_ approve of such a complete overhaul of what it means to be a "government" in a (mostly) post-nation world. This is the meat of the book, and as such, it's very satisfying.

But what this book does _not_ do is end. As the middle of a trilogy, that's fine, but as a stand-alone volume, it really isn't.

This doesn't matter much to me at this time, because I've already downloaded Book 3 ("State Tectonics"). That should tell you something: Older has built a world and a supposition that I still want to see more of. She also writes characters that I wind up caring about (which is more on me than on other authors: I usually care much more about plot than characters or even prose).

But if each book of a trilogy is supposed to have a beginning, a middle, and an end, I'm afraid this one doesn't have the last. The next book better end, or Older will join Neal Stephenson in that particular foible.

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