A Too-Real Dystopian
A novel set a few decades in the future where a number that calculates everything you are, especially your social influence online, determines your lifestyle, job, restaurants you can eat at and where you live, to say the least? Told through the eyes of a photojournalist and content writer who worked at the company that revolutionized society, for better or worse? SIGN ME UP.
If you can’t already tell, I absolutely loved how exciting the premise of Numbercaste sounded and I dove in as soon as I could. Starting in 2030, and following the rise of Numbercorp for a decade and a half, this book felt more real than dystopian because, well, WE ALREADY LIVE IN A WORLD SIMILAR TO THIS ONE, at least at the beginning.
There were a lot of things I really liked about Numbercaste and other things I didn’t like too much. Let me break it down:
THINGS I LIKED:
1. THE PLOT: HOLY WOW. The plot of this novel or, rather, the concept behind it was REAL AND ALSO SLIGHTLY INSANE. It was so strange to read about a system in the future like it was a dystopian while also realising that we are probably a few automatic software updates from getting to where a number controls your life.
2. THE PHOTOGRAPHY: As a photography student, I loved how important this was to our main character and content writer at Numbercorp, Patrick Udo. I loved how he described what he felt while looking through the lens, and also about the photographs he took
3. THE WEB-SERIES: This was probably my favourite part in the series, when the idea to create a webseries to show the power of the number truly came out. The pace picked up, and I could see some inspiration driving Patrick Udo, not just going along with whatever the job through at him.
THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE SO MUCH:
1. THE PACE: THIS BOOK WAS SO SLOW. It felt more like I was reading a long LONG article, rather than a dramatic dystopian book. I loved the concept of the book, and because of that, I expected the pace and writing style to be completely different. This was sort oft old through flashbacks and journalist pieces, but despite being in a company that was slowly
taking over the world, Patrick Udo’s narration of it all was JUST SO DULL.
2. DID I SAY THE PACE?
3. THE PACE (!)
Would I recommend this book? I would’ve been giving this a five star rating if this was paced better, and the writing left for things to be more dramatic – AT LEAST A LITTLE – but I’d recommend that you borrow this one instead