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The Unincorporated Man

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The Unincorporated Man is a provocative social/political/economic novel that takes place in the future, after civilization has fallen into complete economic collapse. This reborn civilization is one in which every individual is incorporated at birth and spends many years trying to attain control over his or her own life by getting a majority of his or her own shares. Life extension has made life very long indeed. Now the incredible has happened: a billionaire businessman from our time, frozen in secret in the early 21st century, is discovered and resurrected, given health and a vigorous younger body.

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

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    Terrance Wheet 10-19-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Fantastic"

    I rarely ever write reviews for books because most people usually say what I want to say. I felt I needed to comment on this book.

    Simply put, it was fantastic! Character development was well thought out, and well balanced. The story line was suspenseful and kept me engrossed. One of the best parts about this story was not only was I able to sympathize with the protagonist (a given) but at many times I also could sympathize with the antagonist. It's one of the few times that I've read/listened to a book and have actually wavered as to whether I wanted the protagonist to change his beliefs.

    There are some unanswered questions but not anything that needed to be wrapped up by this book. I can't wait to see some of those questions answered.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angus Fort Collins, CO, United States 08-01-15
    Angus Fort Collins, CO, United States 08-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "How many shares are too many?"

    Justin Cord has been awakened from his hidden suspension unit approximately three hundred years after being stored. His cancer is gone, the world he knew is gone and the one he has woken to, though much better, is painfully flawed to his world view. Everyone owns shares of people and thinks that is an acceptable practice.
    You might consider this story to be rather slow moving and dull. That would be a wrong assumption. Hector Sambianco, a constitutional law attorney on special assignment for GCI, is a first class Dill-hole. He knows what shares of Justin Cord would be worth and he is constantly angling to get him to incorporate though any means available.
    Action includes neurolyzers, 24th century taser, that disrupt a person’s brain for permanent death; membrane walls that part to let you through instead of doors, until you walk into one that dissolves your body; security robots that have no mercy; psyche audits were nanites are injected into your brain to rewrite aberrant behavior pathways. That’s enough spoilers to whet your appetite.
    The version I consumed was an audio book from audible. The product was excellent and the narrator did a superb job on gender voices. Story and delivery get a thumbs up.

    I like to maintain some consistency in these reviews so this work is getting a five out of five on entertainment points. Some might think that five out of five is a masterpiece. I am not that snobby. Five out of five to me means that I enjoyed it, recommend it and found nothing to detract from it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle8 Fan #1 Suburban Chicago, IL 08-14-09
    Kindle8 Fan #1 Suburban Chicago, IL 08-14-09 Member Since 2007
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    "One Of the Best "New Author" books EVER"

    I believe it was Lois McMaster Bujold that pointed out that Science Fiction should make you think - this title not only accomplishes that but gives you a full set of questions to think ABOUT.

    The basic premise? In the future (350 years +) every human born is his own corporation - from birth. Into this cultural matrix comes a man from the present day - complete with all our culture's hangups and virtues - including a horror of having someone owning a part of them. While the book DOES give a logical reason for the custom to have arisen, this means that without ever attempting to be an irritant - he becomes a rallying point for the discontented. Since he's foresighted enough to have brought along items to give him a financial base - the corporations running things have a real problem. Especially since some highly placed anonymous person seems to be supporting his bid for independence . . .
    No. I won't tell you what happens next - that's the narrator's job - but this book really is worth your time.

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    Russell Norton 08-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Poor Writhing"

    Preachy, Rife with excessive explanations, cliches, random changes in point of view, and misapplication of detail to less important story elements - these will greatly vex experienced readers. The conflicts come late, fail to build upon one another, and end almost befire we're aware of them. The futire is an intriguing one, but this story could be told in a third as many words.

    See many arguments about which system is "best", without any definition of metrics. Find yourself convinced of a point of view, inly to discover that you're wrong (in the authors' eyes). Be very aware of the color of the fire hydrants, without knowing the hair color of the main characters. Mainly, experience at least four explanations of "nanites," each many paragraghs long, only to find that they are exactly what they sound like, and do just what you'd imagine them to do. The payoff definitely is not worth it.

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    Frances Brown 06-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "a book on the future"

    a grate book its boy as good as the next book but still a very good read

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    Amazon Customer 04-27-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting but unpolished and unconvincing"

    The authors had a compelling premise here, but spoiled it by imposing a good versus evil showdown on top of what could have been a fascinating moral issue.

    The protagonist wakes up in world where everyone is incorporated at birth, and where they own less than a majority of their own stock. Our hero is startled at the perceived lack of liberty that these people have, though it is pointed out to him again and again that this system eliminated poverty and war, creating an overall quality of life that is much better for everyone on average.

    If the book had taken time to let the readers explore the pros and cons of this new system, and make up their own minds about it's validity and morality, then this could have been a great book. Instead, we are immediately confronted with a too-evil bad guy who ends up representing all of incorporation (metaphorically and literally). Because he is such an evil jerk, we, as readers, are forced to align ourselves against him, in spite of the fact that his arguments are extremely convincing. We are told what to think instead of letting us make up our own minds.

    The writing feels pretty amateurish in that the protagonist is way too smart/prescient at the beginning, though that seems to taper off steeply as the story progresses. There are other places where the writing is half-baked: entire plot lines, which seem vital to the story, are abandoned completely. Also, their is this really contrived will-they/won't-they romance based on a ridiculously unbelievable and artificial taboo. This taboo seems sacrosanct until it is broken, at which point everyone important acts like it is no big deal at all--totally inconsistent.

    The authors did paint an interesting picture of future society and technology, which is largely why I've given them 3 stars instead of just 2.

    Ultimately I'm left unsatisfied with this book, largely because I was very swayed by the pro-incorporation arguments, and the anti-incorporation argument really boiled down to feelings, rather than any articulated points against it.

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    Stephan bloomfield, NM, United States 03-07-13
    Stephan bloomfield, NM, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Main story is good and plausable"
    Would you listen to The Unincorporated Man again? Why?

    This book brings us to a world that looks like the best of our possible futures from now with one glaring exception. Everyone in this world is personally incorporated. That means that everyone has stock in themselves and it can be bought and sold like any other stock. 5% of your stock goes to the government, and 20% goes to your parents. The governments stock can never be sold or increased. I would say that the 5% is basically a 5% flat tax but in this world TAX is the most foul of words. All of the rest of your stock is yours to do with as you please, of course if you want to go to school the school will expect a percentage of you, and so will pretty much anyone or anything you want. And the real kicker is that when you give up 51% of Personal Corporation then the shareholder can call a vote for anything you want to do, after all they have a vested interest in making sure you make as much money and stay as safe as possible. Want to go sky diving, we don’t think so, want to take leave to see friends or family, well that’s fine but we will tell you when it would be best for us not for you. The system seems to work well and one character, the man villain of the piece, even gives a rather compelling argument for why it’s better than our system. I really did like this book but you can tell just from this description and the title what happens next. Into this perfect system come one man who has very incorporated, the rest is inevitable. I could have told you what was going to happen at virtually any stage in the book. There was one twist with AI’s in the web but that seems to have been a tangent that was never followed up on. I don’t want to give anything away because I do recommend it to anyone who likes sci-fi and alternate realities/futures but if you find yourself putting pieces together very early in the book, don’t look for unexpected twists or turns, you probably guessed right the first time. TTFN


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    Hamsterstyle SEATTLE, WA, United States 11-29-12
    Hamsterstyle SEATTLE, WA, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Political"
    Any additional comments?

    I must admit I was unable to really finish the book. It just got too bogged down in moralizing and utopian tracts such that the central story seemed to be pushed to the side. The main character seems a bit too perfect and lacks much depth, and the villain is practically twirling his mustache with evil.

    I think my biggest problem is that he seems to rage against the society so much, but really nothing about the society he opposes seems all that bad. It seems fine, if a little dull, but fine. The biggest thing the book lacks, is any real criticism of this utopian future. If it was a more balanced utopian distopian society his opposition to it would make more sense.

    I may finish the book at some point, but I just found it wasn't for me. Although I think others could really enjoy it.

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    Edward Green Cove Springs, FL, United States 11-28-11
    Edward Green Cove Springs, FL, United States 11-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Just when you think you've got it figuired out"

    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.

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    Benjamin NASHVILLE, TN, United States 09-22-11
    Benjamin NASHVILLE, TN, United States 09-22-11 Member Since 2015
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    "My favorite contemporary series"

    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.

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