Wednesday, October 12, 2016

somewhat scientific: everything belongs to the future by laurie penny

everything belongs to the future takes place in a future where the elite have eliminated the need to age. but there is a rebel group ready to undermine it all. when they meet up with daisy, the original scientist who discovered the fix. they plan a way to make a generic version of the fix.

this proves harder than daisy originally assumes, she needs a recently deceased fixed corpse, and given that the fix is something that stops the aging process, those are a little hard to come by. but she does figure out a way to reverse the effects of the switch.

the rebels plot an attack. but they don't realize they have a mole. we know who the mole is. things go haywire and everything falls apart. but they still manage their attack.

in the end things are bleak. it's a pretty short read, a novella really. there isn't a ton of room for world-building, but the author does a decent job of it in the time she has. we only really get to know the rebels, and that's okay. they're an interesting group. but you don't really know them deeply. in the end they are still somehow mysteries. partly this is because this is an issues story.

so it's actually based on the issue of consent when an undercover agent has sex with someone they are spying on. is it rape? it's clear that the author believes it to be rape in some way. but we also are given the other side. the agent who is a person and genuinely loves the mark. even if everything is a lie, there is also truth. but is that truth enough to make the lies forgivable?

the fact that this is the actual central question is kind of surprising, because you'd think it would be about not aging and the effect of putting off death indefinitely on society. but that isn't really the main thread. i mean, the author touches on this, but it's more about the relationship between the rebels and their mole.

**everything belongs in the future will publish on october 18, 2016. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/tor in exchange for my honest review.

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