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The Age of the Conglomerates: A Novel of the Future by Thomas Nevins
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Ballantine Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780375503917
Date: 19 August 2008 List Price $14.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Logan's Run meets 1984 in a not so Brave New World. Maybe that is an oversimplification, but it is the first comparison that came to me as I read this story of companies run amok. This future dystopia is an examination of who we are and what we value.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Now that they are in power, there are no more checks and balances. The Conglomerates, and their mysterious party chairman, have taken over everything and everyone. There is no one left to stop them.

Forty years in the future, in a world where Big Brother runs amok, a powerful political party known as the Conglomerates has emerged, vowing to enforce economic martial law at any cost. Dr. Christine Salter, director of genetic development at a New York medical center, is in charge of "genetic contouring," the much-in-demand science of producing the ideal child. But Christine is increasingly troubled by odd events, including the strange disappearance of Gabriel Cruz, a co-worker for whom she has a developing affection, and the fact that her latest assignment–making the Conglomerate chairman more youthful through genetic engineering–is an especially dangerous task.

As mandated by the Family Relief Act, Christine's grandparents are relocated to a government-designed community in the American Southwest, along with other Coots (the official term given to the elderly), who are considered an economic and social burden to family and society. But even in this cold, cruel age, the Conglomerates can only control so much.

In his enthralling debut, Thomas Nevins thrillingly chronicles a brave new world where one family struggles to survive by keeping alive feelings of mercy, loyalty, and love.

(Source: Ballantine)

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