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Review of The Future by Naomi Alderman

Alderman offers a dive into a future world that's crumbling due to greed, disregard for the environment, a loss of human connection, and threatening pandemics--then turns all of it on its head with a twisty, compelling, futuristic, technology-driven attempt at survival--and at maybe just changing the world for the better, and for good.

Martha Einkorn fled her father's religious compound in Oregon as a teen. But now she's working for a social media guru bent on controlling everything, and some days she wonders if she's ventured very far from her beginnings after all.

Meanwhile in Singapore, survivalist Lai Zhen has temporarily evaded a would-be assassin. A mysterious app on her phone seems to have all of the answers she needs--but Lai isn't sure what the tradeoff for information and safety will be.

When Martha and Zhen connect, the collision might just change everything...for everyone in the world.

The behavior of three key tech billionaires might seem like the symptom of all the biggest world problems...relentless greed, disregard for the environment, hoarding of resources, destruction of privacy, and more. These three figures become the center of the plot of The Future, around which wonderfully mind-bogglingly enormous developments occur.

In The Future, Alderman considers religious fanatics, corporate entities, pandemics, environmental implosion, fascinating imagined technological advancements, and more, while offering great twists, a compelling story, characters I was curious about, oddball friendships, and deep love.

This was an engrossing dystopian read. I loved it.

I received a prepublication edition of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Simon & Schuster.

Do you have any Bossy thoughts about this book?

I mentioned Naomi Alderman's novel The Power in the Greedy Reading List Six Fascinating Dystopian and Postapocalyptic Novels. You might also want to check out the books on the Greedy Reading List Six More Fascinating Dystopian and Postapocalyptic Novels.


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