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The Municipalists Hardcover – 1 January 2019
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- Publisher : Penguin Books; 1st edition (1 January 2019)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1643852604
- ISBN-13 : 978-1643852607
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Yes it’s a page turner, entertaining and fun. If you leave it at that you miss what it means for our society, the widening gap between cities and countryside, polarization, how to fix it, how those fixes can go wrong - what to do if you’re caught in this machine. We see two approaches, to tighten the grip further or to become nihilists... which is the answer? Is either the cure? Is there a solution?
If you want a fun read this is it. Just like a city from far off, it looks like a clean breezy skyline. Analyze the material and it’s implications and you find a multilayered, gritty, thoughtful commentary on our modern life.
The characters are the most important part of any story for me, and I loved Henry and OWEN. They contrasted and complimented each other expertly and made a wonderful team. I want to paint fan art of them. The overall levity of what I expected to be serious science fiction really carried the story. There were several times where I could not stop laughing. The moments of connection and friendship between Henry and OWEN were heart-warming, which made Henry's moments of mistrust and betrayal that much more painful, and I was racing through the final chapters looking for my happy ending.
I have a suspicious than Henry might be neurodiverse, because even with his tragic backstory, his preoccupation and exacting memory of city details and train specifications seems very much like a Special Interest. On top of that, his lack of meaningful friendships and inability to relate to people reinforced his neurodiversity. I might be reading it too much into it, but I related with him all the same.
OWEN was wonderfully charming, eccentric, and unpredictable, and the perfect foil to Henry. I loved the innovated ways he used his holograms to his advantage, and puking up lines of code when he was "drunk" and his fainting at the sight of blood was delightfully weird.
I would read another book with these two in a heartbeat. And, beyond my gushing about the characters, the overall "cozy" and playful tone of the book was refreshingly welcome. V for Vendetta with the lightheartedness of a buddy cop movie. I dig it. ❤❤❤