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World, Incorporated: A Modern Dystopia by Tom Gariffo is a science fiction novel that tells the story of the state of the world in 2058. World, Inc. is one of the more prominent supercorporations that encourages individuals to think on their own and not be influenced by revolutionary ideas. The story centers around World, Inc. Agent Sliver. He completes the assignments handed out by the CEO of World, Inc. There are twists and turns throughout his adventures and it is suspenseful to accompany him as he completes his tasks one by one.
This story starts and finishes with Agent Sliver aboard the Chrome Wind. This vehicle is controlled by an on-board computer named Franklin. Sliver is a person who acts like a machine. The Agent yearns for freedom, but it seems that he does not know how to attain this goal. As Sliver takes on a caregiver role, he does not abide by specific guidelines. Chaos ensues after this infraction. In a way, he is similar to the cybernetic organism he encounters. Sliver meets characters during his missions who help him unravel his identity.
The economic and environmental issues were written in the form of news articles which made it easy to see the progression of events. The power of corporations and the role of government are also discussed in detail. It is interesting to note that this book was written in 2011. Some of the future world elements mentioned have been coming to life recently. Cryptocurrency and the introduction of automated vehicles have been in the news lately.
This book would appeal to those who are interested in reading about the possible fall of a civilization due to the domino effect. It is disconcerting to study trends that are taking hold of the general population. The reliance on industry and technology is having a negative impact on both our physical world and our physical health. Only time will tell how this digital world will continue to transform our planet.
I gave this book 4 out of 4 stars because I wanted to keep reading the chapters and find out what was going to happen next. It made me stop and think about the future of our world and the role that an on-board computer could play in our world someday. Who would be actually programming these devices? Technology is taking over our lives and it is a little troubling to see how addicted we are to our mobile handheld computers.
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