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Title:
State tectonics
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9780765399472

9780765399465
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : A Tom Doherty Associates Book, [2018]
Physical Description:
428 pages ; 22 cm.
Summary:
The future of democracy must evolve or die. The last time Information held an election, a global network outage, two counts of sabotage by major world governments, and a devastating earthquake almost shook micro-democracy apart. Five years later, it's time to vote again, and the system that has ensured global peace for 25 years is more vulnerable than ever. Unknown enemies are attacking Information's network infrastructure. Spies, former superpowers, and revolutionaries sharpen their knives in the shadows. And Information's best agents question whether the data monopoly they've served all their lives is worth saving, or whether it's time to burn the world down and start anew.
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State Tectonics concludes the trilogy that began with Infomocracy:* The book The Huffington Post called "one of the greatest literary debuts in recent history"* Named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, The Verge, Flavorwire, Kirkus Reviews, and Book Riot* A Locus Award Finalist for Best First NovelThe future of democracy must evolve or die.The last time Information held an election, a global network outage, sabotage by major world governments, and an uncontrolled earthquake almost shook micro-democracy apart. Five years later, it's time to vote again, and the system that has ensured global peace for 25 years is more vulnerable than ever. Unknown enemies are attacking Information's network infrastructure. Spies, former superpowers, and revolutionaries sharpen their knives in the shadows. And Information's best agents question whether the data monopoly they've served all their lives is worth saving, or whether it's time to burn the world down and start anew.


Author Notes

Malka Older is a Campbell Award finalist, humanitarian worker, and PhD candidate studying governance and disasters. She has more than eight years of experience in humanitarian aid and development, and has responded to complex emergencies and natural disasters in Uganda, Darfur, Indonesia, Japan, and Mali. Her debut novel was 2016's Infomocracy.


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Library Journal Review

The course of microdemocracy is step by step, and now it's time for another election. When the last election happened five years ago, both natural and shadowy dangers threatened humanity's political cycle. Every centenal, a population of 100,000 people, votes on policy lines, and the entire system is operated by Information, the organization supposedly ensuring that unbiased data makes its way into everyone's hands. But there have been issues with Information: masked people are attacking data stations and Information employees are disappearing. As Mishima and Roz, characters from the first two novels in the series (Infomocracy and Null States), along with new figures Maryam and Amran, work toward identifying the group-or groups-behind these incidents, the larger question remains: Is Information worth saving? Readers will tear through this timely volume, with its wide representation in characters and highly evocative topic about access to information, especially in politics. VERDICT Older concludes the "Centenal Cycle" trilogy with an entertaining trip into the near future while taking a sober look at the world's current state.-Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.