Book 84 in 2013: Proxy by Alexander London @ca_london

9781101625859.600x600-75 This is the post about Proxy.  Proxy is a recent release from Alexander London set in a dystopian cyberpunk future.  Great luxe living is available for a price.  For those who can’t afford it, there are plans and schemes to work off your debts.  The disparity between the bright and shiny people and the poor and downtrodden is striking and frighteningly a possible outcome of our current direction as a society…

Parts of this future world feels familiar.  From Feed, (or google) we have targeted advertising where everywhere we go you find ads that are tailored to you and your personal habits.  From the Whipping Boy, we get the naive hope that young people can be shamed into behaving by watching other people get punished for their misdeeds.  I’m sure numerous other stories have done this, but for some reason I was reminded of Logan’s Run when they *spoiler* flee the city.  I also suggested that I was reminded of Virtual Light but that’s mainly because of the glasses which act as a computer interface.  And all of the talk of blood sacrifice and forgiveness reminded me of the bible.So I just finished the book tonight.  It’s thicker than my normal young adult book which is nice and it doesn’t necessarily feel like it’s set up to require sequels but there’s a series indicator on goodreads…. the ending felt like a sudden shot to the heart.  You know, that organ I sometimes forget that I have because it doesn’t react to things like books.  Perhaps it’s the books that are defective and not my heart because here I am, sad.  A little happy because I enjoyed the book…

I’m trying so hard not to write spoilers.  One of the benefits of being in a book club is you have a group of people to discuss the book with.  Even if I don’t really say much.  According to Goodreads the only people I know to have read the book?  Aaron Hartzler.  And I’m hoping he’s too busy writing more of his memoirs to discuss this book.

Now I’m at the part of the post where I stare at the screen trying to figure out what else I want to say.  Which really means it’s time to end this post.  I think I should post shorter posts more often and not long posts that end up on a tangent.

  • I’m trying to figure out what I want to say.
  • I will try to recommend it to people.  But probably not at 2am in the morning.  Most people are asleep.

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