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84K: 'An eerily plausible dystopian masterpiece' Emily St John Mandel (vuoden 2018 painos)

– tekijä: Claire North (Tekijä)

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The penalty for Dani Cumali's murder: £84,000. Theo works in the Criminal Audit Office. He assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full. These days, there's no need to go to prison - provided that you can afford to pay the penalty for the crime you've committed. If you're rich enough, you can get away with murder. But Dani's murder is different. When Theo finds her lifeless body, and a hired killer standing over her and calmly calling the police to confess, he can't let her death become just an entry on a balance sheet. Someone is responsible. And Theo is going to find them and make them pay. --amazon.com.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:84K: 'An eerily plausible dystopian masterpiece' Emily St John Mandel
Kirjailijat:Claire North (Tekijä)
Info:Orbit (2018), Edition: 01, 480 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 13) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I should have liked this. THe concept is great and there's a lot of good world building. I don't mind the choppy writing that much, and I like overlapping timelines. But it felt a little sluggish, and the ending was a little too much "I don't know quite where to take this so let's take a common dystopian ending." ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
How much is a life worth? Theo Miller knows something about that. He works at the Criminal Audit Office assessing the cost of things like theft, arson, battery, murder. To assess the cost of a murder, for example, you have to see how much the life taken was worth, discounting for things like criminal history, prospects for future productiveness, drug habits, etc. Some lives just aren’t worth all that much. Not in Theo Miller’s society at least. Not since nearly all companies got subsumed by The Company and the government contracted out most of its responsibilities to The Company as well. It’s a nice tight fit — the government and The Company — and if it means a large amount of collateral wastage of human life, well, that doesn’t matter so much if those lives weren’t all that valuable to begin with, or more precisely, not that valuable once The Company got through with them. It’s a society begging to be blown up and, strangely, it looks like Theo Miller might just have to be the one to do it. Well, if he really were Theo Miller that is…

This slightly futuristic dystopian Britain is both frighteningly plausible and laughably implausible. The trouble is that it’s rather difficult to ascertain which is which. And it may be too much for the complex interweaving plot lines to accommodate. Because, very unusually for Claire North, this story takes an inordinate amount of time to get airborne. I would say nearly a hundred pages. Of course once it does find its wings, it soars. But there is a troubling weightiness to the pacing and a certain ponderousness to the characterization of this distasteful near-Britain. Rather than becoming a high-concept thriller, the novel is pulled down by belaboured comparison to a world which, frankly, might not be that much better. It’s as though the social message took precedence over the tightness of the story or the need to generate sympathy for some of the characters.

Despite reservations on this novel, I still find North’s writing electrifying. She can be so deft. So I’m still going to gently recommend it even though I wasn’t completely whelmed. It’s still worth it to be in Claire North’s company for a time. ( )
  RandyMetcalfe | Nov 28, 2020 |
This is the third book I have read by Claire North and found it the most ambitious. The story of a contemporary Britain run for the benefit of one giant corporation which has slowly seized control of all aspects of life including government and of one man trying to get through life as inconspicuously as possible. Obviously, he fails in this.
The narrative jumps from one time line to another within chapters, a feature which would usually confuse and annoy me. However in this case I found myself sufficiently engrossed in the story to not mind the structure. I was engaged enough to want to know what happens to the characters after the end of the novel. ( )
  Denscott | Nov 23, 2020 |
3.5 or 4 stars for me. I rounded up. The world-building was absolutely astonishingly fantastic. I can't praise it enough. But I was deeply bothered by the characters (all of them) constantly expressing only partial thoughts and speaking in partial sentences. And, while it may have been because I listened to the story via audiobook, I was most of the way through it before I realized the confusing jumps in scenes were because there were two separate timelines being told concurrently. ( )
  hlkate | Oct 12, 2020 |
I really had to debate between giving this a full five stars or the four, but ultimately it all boils down to whether or not the heavily ambitious tale was pulled off in spectacular flavor or whether it must remain a disquieting tale with an end that will either leave a bittersweet taste in your mouth or leave you anxious.

I personally think it'll be a bit of both.

I'm reminded of a bit of Les Miserables and a bit of Charles Dickens in this one, which is either odd or awesome when you consider that this is a high-concept SF dystopia where everything boils down to a price tag.

Lives, crimes... ANYTHING can be paid for. If you're unproductive, it's much easier just to liquidate the asset. Namely, you. Pay the blood price. And if you're rich enough, then anything can be had. It's the ultimate capitalist nightmare.

Fine. We've had stories like this before. Even recently. But here's where Claire North really shines. She never rests on any kind of concept. She dives deep, retaining a lyrical air with complex and satisfying novel structures that focus more on telling highly personal and emotional thematic threads for her characters. Linear storytelling is not a high priority.

And in that respect, she has a lot of giant storytellers' shoulders to stand on. She's carrying on a very creative and complex tradition and owning it for the SF community. For that, I must applaud. :)

For this tale, however, we go from apathy and invisibility to the realization that the MC has had it all wrong the entire time, that missed opportunities and reveals such as his high-school flame having his child and he never even knew... and especially in this world... would have truly nasty consequences. Especially when that old flame is murdered. She was worth only a measly 84k.

After that, it's a tale worthy of a mighty revenge couched in the simple statement that he will find his daughter.

Usher in some truly horrific worldbuilding, degradation, gruesome deaths, and revolution, all the while seeing how the other side lives... and dies... and we've got something quite epic. Without quite feeling epic.

The MC's quest is monomythical. Nothing else matters. The pendulum has swung.

The resolution is fascinating and complex and not easily digestible. Everyone seems to have a hard time living in this world. There are no easy fixes. This is not a place for heroes.

I would not expect any readers to come away feeling happy... but that's not the purpose of this tale. It's meant to make you think. And it does that in spades.

Not a traditional blockbuster, right? Right. And that may be its ultimate strength. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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The penalty for Dani Cumali's murder: £84,000. Theo works in the Criminal Audit Office. He assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full. These days, there's no need to go to prison - provided that you can afford to pay the penalty for the crime you've committed. If you're rich enough, you can get away with murder. But Dani's murder is different. When Theo finds her lifeless body, and a hired killer standing over her and calmly calling the police to confess, he can't let her death become just an entry on a balance sheet. Someone is responsible. And Theo is going to find them and make them pay. --amazon.com.

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