Landscape With Invisible Hand

Landscape With Invisible Hand

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When jobs typically done by humans are replaced with alien technology from the vuvv, Adam's parents have no money for food, clean water, or medicine. Adam and his girlfriend Chloe are forced to get creative. Since the vuvv love anything of "classic" Earth culture they begin recording 1950s-style dates which the vuvv watch in a pay-per-minute format. As the money rolls in, how far will Adam be willing to go to give the vuvv what they want?
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts :, Candlewick Press,, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780763687892
0763687898
Characteristics: 149 pages ; 25 cm

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JCLChrisK Sep 29, 2017

We are tiny figures, pointing at wonders, provided for scale, no lives of our own, surveying the landscape that has engulfed us all.

JCLChrisK Sep 29, 2017

"You think you're so great," says Chloe. "You're no one, Adam. You're nothing."

I laugh politely. "No, Chlo, I'm less than nothing," I point out. "I won't be no one without a little hard work."

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JCLChrisK Sep 29, 2017

Well, that was cheerful and uplifting.

Er, no, that's not quite right. More like bleak, biting, and darkly satirical.

And far too real.

Though science fiction set in a near future, this is all about living at the lowest levels of the global economy, subject to extremes of imperialism, inequality, ethnocentrism, co-option, and poverty. It's an exploration of the dark sides of economic and cultural power. It's just that in this case it's the humans of Earth who have been colonized.

There's just enough humor in Adam's narration to keep his circumstances from being too heartbreaking, and it at least ends with hope. This is a slim book, but it doesn't need to be any longer to be effective as entertainment and fodder for much thought (and discussion). I hope it finds many readers.

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