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Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer

Too Like the Lightning - Ada Palmer

In every presidential election I’ve been eligible to vote in, there is a running sort-of joke that, if the other guys wins, voters will move to Canada. The implication is that, if the other guy wins, things will be so messed up in this country that it isn’t even worth sticking around for the next election cycle. In Ada Palmer’s Too Like the Lightning (the first half of a longer novel published in two parts), the world’s population has voted with their feet. In the 2400s, the world is governed by Hives. The legal, criminal, educational, and religious systems are regulated by the best ideas the world’s philosophers have come up with since the days of the Roman Empire. The world is not perfect by any means, but it might be as close to utopia as humans can ever get—at least it would be if the whole thing weren’t teetering on the edge of global war...

 

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.