Official Review: World, Incorporated by Tom Gariffo

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Official Review: World, Incorporated by Tom Gariffo

Post by Yolimari » 22 Jul 2018, 08:36

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "World, Incorporated" by Tom Gariffo.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The year is 2058. The United States collapsed due to its inability to deal with an economic meltdown and social unrest. Nation-states ceased to exist. A number of powerful supercorporations took over the world. Human beings are no longer citizens of nations but rather consumers. The supercorporations control everything: education, work, health care, security, and information. As a result, they compete with each other for the consumers' loyalty by using any means necessary.

Agent Sliver works as a henchman for Fellrock, the CEO of World, Incorporated. He has done Fellrock's dirty work for the past fours years without question. A job is just another job for him until the day he decides to save Kelly. The empathy he felt toward her stirred feelings and memories about his mysterious past. The only thing he remembers for sure is that he wants to kill Ancarn, the CEO of Multinational. Where does Agent Sliver come from? How did he end up working for World, Incorporated? Why he wants to kill Ancarn with such fervor? What will happen once he starts questioning the status quo of a world run by supercorporations?

Written by Tom Gariffo, World, Incorporated: A Modern Dystopia is a science fiction, action thriller, and dystopian novel consisting of 286 pages. With an adrenaline-charged writing style, Gariffo portrays a futuristic and disquieting version of the world. More than that, he brilliantly captivates the reader with the depiction of a world that could become a real possibility for us.

My favorite aspect of this book was the contemporary and crucial themes Gariffo brings up in the story. A mediocre and partisan government constantly on deadlock over the economy and social issues causes the fall of the United States. Blind faith in globalization makes corporations stronger than nation-states. National citizenship is obsolete. People are just consumers of supercorporations that take care of all of their needs. A registry collects all personal data. Those who dare to question this status quo get a visit from the likes of Agent Sliver. Unquestionably, all of these themes sound eerily familiar to problems the United States and other countries face today. Reminiscent of George Orwell's novel 1984, this is the kind of book that puts the reader to think for days about the future of our world.

I also greatly enjoyed the characters of this book. Agent Sliver's murderous and cold-blooded abilities, line of work, past, and mixed feelings give him an interesting complexity. The reader gets to question the validity of this allegedly better world through his experiences. Kelly represents a long-lost world in which people used to give meaning to life. Franklin and Rex give the reader a clear vision of the high-tech we might have in the future. The Shredders symbolize those who dare go against the status quo.

Without a doubt, I rate World, Incorporated: A Modern Dystopia by Tom Gariffo 4 out of 4 stars. I liked everything about this book. In addition, I only found some minor grammatical errors, meaning that it was professionally edited. Gariffo excelled at creating a futuristic world that could become a reality for us. The whole story could pretty well serve us as a warning. Note that Agent Sliver is an assassin. Even though the action scenes are not gruesome, I do not recommend this book to sensitive readers. This book is perfect for fans of science fiction, action thriller, and dystopian novels.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 25 Jul 2018, 06:47

The story happens in a world merely 40 years away. Is this the equality humanity is striving for? Everybody will just be a rat in the rat race. Am I glad I will most likely not be around by then!

Thanks for the insightful comments about this highly probable future, Yolimari!

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Post by florence faith » 25 Jul 2018, 07:09

Exactly the book I want! Sci-fic and action! I can see that this is super thrilling and enjoyable to read! Thank you for your review!

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Post by AmySmiles » 25 Jul 2018, 07:18

I have been debating with myself on if I should read this book or not. I think you have just convinced me that I need to. Thanks for the great review!
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Post by kandscreeley » 25 Jul 2018, 08:22

This sounds like just my type of story. I love a dystopian story and add complex characters to that, and I'm hooked! I'm glad that this one is so well done. I'm absolutely going to have to try it out. Thanks so much for a great review.
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Post by cristinaro » 25 Jul 2018, 08:50

I guess what's happening around us these days is more and more reminiscent of Aldoux Huxley's or George Orwell's dystopian novels. I am glad this novel does not feature a typical protagonist. I'll be reading more to see if the author's style raises to my expectations of a book belonging to this genre. Thanks for an interesting review!
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Sounds like an exciting read. Thanks for the interesting review!
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Post by crediblereading2 » 25 Jul 2018, 09:54

This book paints a dismal look for the future. Let us pray and work hard to prevent such disasters. Thank you for a great review.

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Post by Aviatrix » 25 Jul 2018, 11:48

Only 40 years away, yet a plausible potential outcome of current events. I will add this to my "Want to Read" list based on your review. Thanks!

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Post by Telo_2018 » 25 Jul 2018, 12:13

Thank you for this great review. You just convinced me to give time for this book.

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Post by Jonida » 25 Jul 2018, 16:11

Even this genre is not my preferred one, I would gladly read this book. Your review makes it such a worth book to read. I would like to be in the future...

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Post by melissy370 » 25 Jul 2018, 16:47

I am in the middle of reading this one and I would concur that this book is one to read. Thanks for your review.

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Post by teacherjh » 25 Jul 2018, 22:51

A dystopian novel that deals with consumerism and has an assassin? I think I have to read this.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 26 Jul 2018, 05:21

This sounds super interesting. I'm looking forward to reading it. A modern dystopia explains it perfectly!
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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 26 Jul 2018, 12:27

A lot of dystopian reads always push the human race to the edge of the cliff. A fight for survival! Since this read is the focus of attention in the month of October we better buckle up the seat and keep moving. Thank you for your detailed review!
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