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A great book: “2030″ by Albert Brooks.

Posted by Jason O on Mar 18, 2013 in Books, Politics, US Politics |

Within minutes of starting to read “2030: the real story of what happens to America” I knew I was going to love it. In fact, I’ll go one step further. This is my favourite novel of the last 12 months. It’s just plain great.

Set in 2030, the novel tells the story of the issues faced by Americans in that year. There’s a president not only recognising that America is no longer the world’s leading nation but also finally having to confront its inability to add to its massive debt. There’s the consequences for individuals caused by inter-generational strife as a result of senior citizens living far longer than the social security net ever planned for.

It’s also funny in a wry way, exceptionally thoughtful, and full of little future nuggets.

But most importantly, it is very, very credible. Reading it, you can see a direct line from where we are today to where the novel arrives at. This is an indictment of reckless entitlement democracy at its worst.

I hesitate to call it science fiction over satire, but it is both, throwing out “what ifs” in the best speculative tradition of both genres.

I really, sincerely hope that this is not his only novel in this genre, because Brooks has a serious talent for it.

1 Comment

Keith
Apr 29, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Loved the scenario and the social commentary, but the story itself was a little “meh”. Never really got into it (although the scenario was good enough to make it worth reading).


 

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