THE UNINCORPORATED MAN by Dani and Eytan Kollin
“Estimated time of arrival,” intoned the car’s automated response system, “four minutes, twenty-two seconds.” And with that the car began its slow but gentle ascent skyward.
Justin was a little saddened by the fact that a trip he’d waited a lifetime to take was only going to last under five minutes. But those feelings were quickly dispelled as the unassailable fact sunk in that he was now in a car that was actually flying. He noticed that Neela was staring out the windowâ€”lost in thought. More likely, he figured, she was allowing him the opportunity to fully experience his first-ever flight without it being marred by the white noise of small talk. God Bless Her.
Review by Ann Wilkes (SEP 18, 2009)
The Unincorporated Man has the most unique premise I’ve seen in some time. This debut novel deals with the next evolution in corporate greed. How much are you worth on the stock market? If you were born three hundred years from now in Dani and Eytan Kollin’s vision of the future, you would know precisely. Everyone in The Unincorporated Man is incorporated, with shares traded in the stock market. You would also know who owns you: the government would have five percent, your parents would have twenty percent and you and other investors would own the remaining shares. You have to own 70 percent of yourself to gain majority. Until then, your life is not your own.
Justin Cord, a wealthy entrepreneur from the 21st century, upon finding out that he had a terminal disease, made arrangements to be cryogenically frozen in a self-sustaining unit that he had buried deep in a mine. Shortly after the time he was frozen, the practice of cryogenically preserving people ceased amid public outrage. After the Grand Collapse, however, it experienced a renaissance. Cord awakens in a world where being frozen is only slightly less routine than having surgery is today; a world that heals his cancer and makes him young again.
Dr. Neela Harper, the reanimationist assigned to guide him through the transition from cryogenic freeze into a vastly changed world, and the miner who discovered him become his allies in his fight against those who would force him to incorporate–in spite of the fact that they want him to incorporate like everyone else. Society can’t handle having anyone remaining so deviant as to have one hundred percent ownership of themselves. At least that’s what the most powerful corporation believes, and they will stop at nothing to push him onto the public market.
The Kollin brothers’ careful attention to world building and the deeply conflicted, complex characters make the unique “what if” of this novel into an engrossing read. The powerful ending was a delicious surprise.
An excellent first book by a duo I hope to see more from in the near future.
|AMAZON READER RATING:||from 62 readers|
|PUBLISHER:||Tor Books; 1 edition (March 31, 2009)|
|AVAILABLE AS A KINDLE BOOK?||YES! Start Reading Now!|
|AUTHOR WEBSITE:||Dani and Eytan Kollin|
|EXTRAS:||Anne’s interview with the authors – a must read!|
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