Machine Sickness will appeal to readers who like strong female characters, a voluntarist viewpoint, a strong science premise, and characters with a dark and edgy side. Machine Sickness is a post-apocalyptic utopian novel. The main character, a disaffected environmental microbiologist, is caught up in the dissolution of civilization as we know it and quickly realizes she is the center of it, as she’s been betrayed by an assistant who did not share her vision.
Cycling through multiple viewpoints, the book also offers new perspectives on life in flyover America, with unique and unapologetic viewpoints of its diversity. Another perspective glimpsed in the book is the dawning via catastrophe of an era of radical decentralization, ushered in by a disaster which destroys the structures of command and control we take for granted.
Now that’s a summary for you.
But what about the book? Is it any good?
Short answer: yeah.
Slightly longer answer: yeah, if you’re into post-apocaliptic sciencey stuff…
Long answer: Peri Worrell manages to imagine into existence a world that doesn’t exist. Yet. The author knows how to tell the tale. The story is written in such a manner that it works well with what is being presented. The style compliments the storyline.
Most novels whose settings are different than the world we live in describe said setting at the expense of character development or a proper story arc.
Not this one. The characters are fully developed – meaning that they feel like real people.
Machine Sickness is worth the read.
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