Review by Rox Burkey
Michael Sandels delivers a politically incorrect fiction that will make you laugh, chuckle, and think. He creates an imagined 2036 life in a place filled with injustice. The conversations and interactions are positioned as relating to the distortion of the world’s future, due to social and political choices. You can enjoy this book regardless of your political preferences but only if you have a sense of humor.
2036 is laid out with a focus on people and communities that remain. One of the chapters, Above Myrtle Beach, June 4, 2036 introduces listeners (readers) to Ted and Bob. Their conversation takes you on a serious, yet whimsical tour of life at that time with creative license.
Ted and Bob were both smiling and feeling like they were floating in the sky. “This is the life.”
“Oh, yeah,” responded Ted, “You kidding?”
(They relaxed and drank from cups with paper umbrellas.) “So no more saying anything?” Ted asked Bob.
“Abut Him too? Can I even say ‘Him’?”
“just probably don’t,”
“And this is not the law?”
“That’s what I hear.”
“From the Administration?”
“Well, yes. And Facebook.”
“Can I even say that now? ‘The Administration? Without getting’ a look-see from above? From ‘Space Force!’?”
And on these guys go while applying their 147 sunblock. Each area of the remaining world highlighted in each chapter provides those characters’ viewpoint and highlights the errors made that resulted in this new world, while Facebook watches everyone and everything.
Michal Sandels provides a fabulous rendition of the story using distinct voices and specific accents in a non-stop manner that kept me fully engaged. Michael is closest to the story he created and effectively uses his voice to make this an enjoyable experience. I can say with confidence that no one would subscribe to this as the outcome of our world, so it will give you pause.
Star Rating: * * * * *
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