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Aristoi Kindle Edition
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These men and women will be composed of those who can isolate and controll the parts of their own conciousness and harness them for the good of all. These facets of themselves 'daimones' they use to create and govern humanity for the maximum good of all. Or at least the good of many within such parameters as these Aristoi have limited themselves.
So what happens when one of those men and women find out that their civilisation is a lie. That some of them have abjured the sensible limits of technological progress and interference with the populance. That they see humanity as subjects for dramatic experimentation And the Aristoi themselves as an experiment in governance. Can the spoiled civil minds of a golden age harness their inner demons and remake themselves in the image of the barbaric humanity of the past?
This novel blew my mind when i first read it. It remains on my personal favorites list and will be periodically reread. It and Hardwired are the reasons WJW is one of my favorite authors of all time.
I have no hesitation at all in giving this five stars and recommending everyone reads it.
Gabriel is on of the Aristoi, the best, a position he has gained by proofs of his abilities, but which gives him absolute power within his domain. He and the rest of the Aristoi rule over a gilded future, where want and disease are banished and yet where a handful of people have absolute power over many billions. Most are benign despots, some less so.
But behind all this is there an imperfection? Is there something gnawing at the root? That's what Gabriel sets himself the task of finding out. What he finds shocks him.
The worst thing about this novel: there is no sequel.
*Only then children would grow to hate it.