Walkaway

A Novel

384 pages

Published April 25, 2017 by Tor Books.

ISBN:
9780765392763

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4 stars (19 reviews)

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Treat yourself to a great extrapolation loaded with political implications

5 stars

Very enjoyable book, interesting extrapolation of ideas (wikis, fabrication, human uploading, end of scarcity, etc) mixed with a clear political (anticapital) message. One of the most mature and exhilarating books by Cory. I have been relistening the book amidst the great Twitter migration and it gained a whole new additional meaning!

A vindicating romp for faraday-cage-wallet-toting, gait-altering, cyanogenmod-installing, cypherpunk githubbers everywhere

5 stars

Walkaway by @pluralistic@mamot.fr has been described as a utopian novel in a sea of dystopian alternatives, although I'd say it's actually both utopian and dystopian. It takes place in the 'middle distance' of the future; cars are still a thing, and they have wheels that roll on the ground, space travel isn't really a thing yet - humankind is essentially still bound to the Earth. But number of current-day issues have reached their logical culmination; from mundane technology (drones everywhere, 'interface surfaces' stuck to things instead of touch-screen smartphones, 3D printer 'fabs' are ubiquitous, capable of printing machines, clothing, and food) to the Big Issues of our time: Social inequality is extreme, with the overwhelming majority of the populous trapped in a struggling middle-class of insecure wage slaves, ruled by a tiny over-class of 'zottas', the hyper-rich owners of everything, from real estate, through business and roboticized industry, to intellectual …

Review of 'Walkaway: A Novel' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Reading this at the same time as Homo Deus by Yuval Harari puts an odd spin on the story, like binary stars in an eccentric orbit. Is it a techno-liberal fantasy, or a dataist rebellion? Maybe just let it provoke its own ideas and enjoy a ride with some different flavors of light and darkness. For someone who has walked away once or twice, it has a special appeal.

Review of 'Walkaway: A Novel' on Goodreads

4 stars

Enjoyable thriller from a premise of transitioning to post-scarcity, as another reviewer put it this is as much a philosophical dialog on the assumptions of capitalism as it is a novel. Love the acknowledgements at the end crediting inspiration from Solnit's A Paradise Built In Hell, Graeber's Debt: The First 5000 Years, and Piketty's Capital In The 21st Century.

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