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The Future
The Future | Naomi Alderman
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From the award-winning, bestselling author of The Power comes a white-knuckle tour de force and dazzling exploration of the world we have made and where we are going. The Futureas the richest people on the planet have discoveredis where the money is. The Future is a few billionaires leading the world to destruction while safeguarding their own survival with secret lavish bunkers. The Future is private weather, technological prophecy and highly deniable weapons. The Future is a handful of friendsthe daughter of a cult leader, a non-binary hacker, an ousted Silicon Valley visionary, the concerned wife of a dangerous CEO, and an internet-famous survivalisthatching a daring plan. It could be the greatest heist ever. Or the cataclysmic end of civilization. The Future is what you see if you dont look behind you. The Future is the only reason to do anything, the only object of desire. The Future is here.
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5feet.of.fury
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This was pretty nuts.
At first I had difficulty keeping track of the POVs &their roles. &it‘s at times ridiculous/unbelievable but kind of believable with how AI is taking over the world.
But ultimately I really liked it.
The survivalists, the “good billionaire” fallacy, the plot twists.
How many people would you have to delete to save the world?
-note: the full cast recording of the audio was super well done.

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rachelk
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This novel imagines a world decades ahead but with the same potentially catastrophic events threatening civilization (the environment, pandemics, etc). There‘s futuristic technology with leaders vaguely reminiscent of people like Bezos, Musk and Zuckerberg but the conclusions reached in this book would have Ayn Rand rolling over in her grave — a plus imo! There‘s a lot going on here but I would recommend to anyone interested in tech fiction.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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I think this might be a timing issue for me. I love the cover and the idea. There are too many characters and I cannot find it in me to care about them or the story. This lovely edition is signed, I am going to keep it and maybe try again later.

This is one for the people who enjoyed Eleanor Catton's Birnam Woods. It has the same vibe, and the writing is similar.

squirrelbrain I loved Birnam Wood - this was too muddled to be anything like that. 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @squirrelbrain ah, I disliked Birnam Woods 😂. I am about half into this one and it felt a bit like it, but I can see how if you like BW it might not be the same. 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @dabbe I love a good bail!! Moving into something better. 1mo
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DebinHawaii
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#ReadAway2024 #AwesomeApril #readathon

Finished this Tuesday, my 3rd book for #Roll100 April, roll#6
It‘s my second book from Alderman & while I didn‘t like it as much as The Power, it was thought-provoking & interesting & I thought the twists the story took were well done. The survivalists‘ posts & comments I found distracting & while they were meant to help tell the story & give context to what was going on, they didn‘t add much. A soft pick.

Andrew65 Doing great 👏👏👏 2mo
MrsMalaprop The Power was so good. I read Disobedience a few months ago & liked it. Not as good as The Power though. 2mo
PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 2mo
DieAReader 🥳Great! 👋🏻Next!! 2mo
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DebinHawaii
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Who hasn‘t played yet? Consider yourself tagged! 🤗

dabbe #marvelousmax 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
Cupcake12 Love no.3, thanks for joining and have a good week x 2mo
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Skeeterisme
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Mind meltingly outstanding

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RedCurly
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It was amazing. I loved it. It was so true and terrifying about today's social media world and the future.

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Megabooks
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I didn‘t enjoy this as much as The Power. I found it both more difficult to follow page-to-page and the overarching plot more obvious. Low pick. #botm #borrownotbuy

Three tech billionaires are at a retreat when they get a call the world is ending. They board a plane, and it disappears. Who is behind the disappearance? Why is the world ending? Meanwhile a social media prepper stirs up trouble with religious separatists.

Reggie I didn‘t care much for the billionaire parts of the story as I did the lesbian characters and their story. 2mo
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RedCurly
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I promised myself not to buy new books but here I am...

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Writeme
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This was quite the ride. If you enjoyed her first book, The Power, you‘ll likely enjoy this. The Future details a fictional scenario where the social media execs are accelerating the collapse of the natural world through encouraging consumption and spreading false narratives for profit. The book centers around the people fighting back. Edgy, bleak, and righteous. I enjoyed it!

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Bevita
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Another terrific book by Naomi Alderman. Tech billionaires leaving the rest of us behind. Great surprise ending. Can‘t wait for her next one.

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Reggie
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In the first 3 chapters we follow 3 billionaires who get an alert that an apocalypse has started and they need to get to their bunkers. I was excited. Then we don‘t see them again for 250 pgs. This had a lot to say about community vs the self. The role of the internet. There were 2 great female MCs in here, one a survivalist refugee coming from a fallen city and the other coming from a cult. This could very faintly be called a sapphic romance.👇🏼

Reggie That last quarter got a little convoluted and slowed everything down for me. Still a pick. (edited) 5mo
TrishB Great review Reggie 👍🏻 5mo
vivastory I had no idea what this one was about. I read Alderman's book Disobedience years ago & sometimes still think about it. Def recommend. Adding this one to my TBR 5mo
batsy I was thinking I wasn't going to read this but your review has me intrigued! Sounds a tiny bit like a sapphic, survivalist Birnam Wood with a twist. 5mo
Reggie @TrishB thanks! @vivastory @batsy I liked the Power better, but I like the 2 MC characters in here far more than anybody in The Power. I need to check out Birnam Wood. 4mo
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Pinta
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Mehso-so

A lot to like, but tough to keep believably upping the stakes when you start w/ the world‘s end. High vs. low tech, built world vs. nature, concentrated power vs. collaboration. Survival. Bear & sunset fingernails passage dreamlike & memorable. Could the disappearance of a few greedy billionaires “save the world?” 2023
363 “The end of the world is only ever hastened by those who think they will be able to protect their own from the coming storm.”

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Mpcacher
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I love different books for many different reasons. In this case the sheer scope of the topic, the social commentary and way it made me think about things wins it a 5 star rating. In addition I enjoyed the characters and the plot immensely, especially the slight twist near the end. The very last paragraph did leave me a little puzzled, so if anyone has some clarity on it it would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks to HarperCollins for the ARC. 5/5!

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catiewithac
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Kristen, thank you for sending this awesome book!!!! I‘m ready to ring in the new year with some techno apocalypse environmental dystopia fiction! Thank you!! Happy holidays!! 🥳🥰 #LitsyLove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️🎅❤️ 6mo
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Twocougs
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Mehso-so

So I‘m not sure how I feel about this story. In some ways it feel realistic and terrifying yet what happens later, awesome dream or unrealistic fantasy. Glad I read it but…

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Hooked_on_books
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Mehso-so

The first 3/4 of this was fascinating, causing me to think I was going to want to listen to it again to pick up all the details I missed. But then, it comes so close to devolving into silliness that it made me super disappointed. It never quite recovers from that, leading into an ending I just didn‘t buy. I really wanted this one to be a pick, but I just can‘t get there. #tob24 longlist

squirrelbrain Great review! 6mo
Megabooks Interesting review! I‘m hoping to get to this in January. 6mo
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REPollock
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This was so good. I need time to process it before I can write anything more coherent than Omggggggg

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SailorJohn
The Future | Naomi Alderman
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Interesting plot. Social commentary on many levels.

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Decalino
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This book intersected in interesting ways with my recent reading (Elon Musk and The MANIAC) and viewing (Leave the World Behind), as tech billionaires buy into a scheme designed to alert them when it's time to retreat to their super secret bunkers. The Disturbing Bible Study elements felt a bit belabored, but the concept was interesting and I'm glad I read it. Also enjoyed the shout out to Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake, a brilliant book.

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amyrohn
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Choosing my top read for November was actually way harder than I thought it was going to be since I had so many 5 stars this month, one of them being the new Murderbot novel, and those books have been dominating this year. In the end, The Future won it out with its complexity and sheer scope of topics. Very curious to see what will win in December, and for the whole year! #2023readingbracket

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GondorGirl
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Crumpet is helping me finish my November reading #bujo spreads. I finished 16 books, with the tagged being my pick for best read.

Also, I'm re-watching Centaur World, which is the weirdest and best cartoon that's come out recently. 😅

ElizaMarie Crumpet is adorable!!! 7mo
dabbe Hello there, Cutey Crumpet! 🖤🐾🖤 7mo
peanutnine Crumpet is absolutely gorgeous 😻 7mo
Texreader What a darling!! 7mo
kspenmoll Poe and Em say hi to crumpet! 7mo
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Oryx
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Lovely evening listening to Naomi Alderman discuss her new book, among other things. Really excited to read this one.

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 7mo
Itchyfeetreader Oh how fun - really enjoyed the last one and think sounds good too 7mo
GondorGirl I LOVED this book! 7mo
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Julsmarshall
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This was slow to start but I‘m glad I stuck with it. Terrible people, running the world into the ground in the near future and what happens when people fight back. I liked the juxtaposition of greed and evil, consumption and climate change with religion woven through it all. This one made me think. #netgalleygroup This was an #arc but it is out. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
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amyrohn
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The Future explores the world of tech, billionaires, environmental activism, and luxury bunkers, and boy does the read deliver. It‘s clever, fast-paced, and intriguing, and even plays with the form by introducing a Reddit-esque thread about survival prepping. It‘s more speculative than sci-fi, but the world is still very fleshed out. I‘m so happy I enjoyed this one since my expectations were so high! 5/5⭐️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review! Stacked! 7mo
GondorGirl My audiobook hold just came in and I've got quite a drive tomorrow! 🥰 7mo
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Sara_Planz
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The Future holds a lot of meaning for people. It could have both positive and negative connotations. It could be infinite or finite. It could lead to peace or war. But what does The Future mean for those people who actually have the power to change the world? That's the heart of the new novel by Naomi Alderman.

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amyrohn
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I didn‘t love The Power when I read it a few years ago, but this one has been at the top of my highly anticipated list for a while so I‘m excited to dive in!

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squirrelbrain
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I liked The Power; I thought it was a clever idea, told simply (in a good way). Conversely, The Future, has a LOT of ideas and the narrative jumps about chronologically and also between characters.

There were also forum extracts that didn‘t work for me (badly formatted on the ARC) and a lot of comparisons with Lot in the Bible so I skipped those bits.

It sounds like I hated it, but I didn‘t; it‘s still a soft pick.

#netgalley #thefuture

Caroline2 I really liked The Power too. I‘ll add this to my look-out-on-kindle-deal list 😂 7mo
BarbaraBB I hated the Power (but I enjoyed the tagged one)… not sure about reading this one after your review 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
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EKonrad
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Was such a fan of “The Power,“ so I was excited to give this a read. It did not disappoint! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 stars

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2023/11/02/the-future-book-review/

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ErikasMindfulShelf
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Geat book that makes you think about our society and environment and the direction we are going in right now.
What can we do to improve our future?
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-galley.

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vlwelser
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This is good. I like this author. Or I liked her other book. Whatever. In this the rulers of the three top tech companies are planning for the apocalypse. Their underlings are also planning. And they each have different conclusions. I think the print cover is a dual image. Fox and Rabbit.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Pub date is 11/7/2023
#ARC #Netgalley

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 10mo
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kelli7990
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Today, I‘m sharing book mail today from Simon & Schuster. I‘m looking forward to reading this.

Summary: A handful of friends plot a daring heist to save the world from the tech giants whose greed threatens life as we know it.

#bookmail

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Christine
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Exciting #bookmail ! #TheFutureIsHere (Thanks, #SimonBooks !) I loved The Power, and the description of this one certainly intrigues.

CarolynM I loved The Powerand also her first one, Disobedience. Stacking 🙂 (edited) 11mo
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Sophronisba
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New Naomi Alderman incoming in November: https://lithub.com/exclusive-see-the-cover-for-naomi-aldermans-the-future

I loved The Power so I'm really excited about this one.

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