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I wouldn't recommend it to my enemies. Here's why...
on 4 July 2017
I don't review books often at all. But it's worth steering unwitting readers in the right direction - unless you want a masterclass in how to disengage your reader. For creative writers, it's the perfect study in crap narrative. There are so many faults with this book. But the biggest crime is/was the media hype and the reviews. I picked it up on the recommendation that it was 'the 1984 for the digital nomad generation'. This is utter rubbish. Comparing Orwell with this Eggers book, it's unfathomable.
- the protagonist is dim, vacuous and painful to listen to
- the 'action' is few and far between; for example, there are pages where the protagonist replies to e-mails
- the foreshadowing is pretty obvious
I recommend reading the 1* review written by Brad on Goodreads. That guy nails it.