Again with the post-apocalyptic fiction. I am in a rut.
I found this book in a bargain bin at Barnes and Noble. I picked it up because my hubby said, “This looks like something you’d like.” He was largely correct.
The Unincorporated Man tells the story of Justin Cord, a man who awakens from cryogenic suspension into a society where everyone is incorporated. In simple terms, everyone has personal stock, and to own that stock is to own a piece of that person’s present and future earnings. This has been the norm ever since the “Grand Collapse,” an event much like the Great Depression on a global scale. Emerging from the near destruction of all humanity, the survivors created a world controlled by capitalism on every level. Your shareholders can determine your college, your career, and even aspects of your lifestyle in order to protect their investment, and unless you own a majority of your stock, there is little you can do about it. For the newly awakened Justin, this sounds suspiciously like slavery.
The novel was decently written, especially for a pair of first-time writers. The story was long, but it always held my interest. It had a unique premise, good description, and believable characters. It even had several moments of absolute brilliance. One chapter in particular had me breathless in horror as Justin finally understood the nature of the VR plague that brought about the Grand Collapse. The Kollin brothers are talented, and I admire their creativity.
However, I cannot recommend this book. Language was a problem to begin with. The chapter about Mardi Gras, which in the future is a week-long celebration similar to a bachelor/ette party in Los Vegas, made me irritated at the authors for wasting my time. But it was the gratuitous sex scene killed any possibility of my ever giving it to a friend. It left me so disgusted and angry that I will never read another book by the Kollin brothers ever again.
I was very disappointed in this book. I would have roundly praised the novel had the writers kept the story clean. Instead the book will once again be relegated to a bargain bin. I plan to sell it to Half-Price Books as soon as I can.