Review: Children of the New World
By Alexander Weinstein
Pub Date: September 13, 2016
Genre: Short Stories, Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy, Adult
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
AN EXTRAORDINARILY RESONANT AND PROPHETIC COLLECTION OF SPECULATIVE SHORT FICTION FOR OUR TECH-SAVVY ERA BY DEBUT AUTHOR ALEXANDER WEINSTEIN
Children of the New World introduces readers to a near-future world of social media implants, memory manufacturers, dangerously immersive virtual reality games, and alarmingly intuitive robots. Many of these characters live in a utopian future of instant connection and technological gratification that belies an unbridgeable human distance, while others inhabit a post-collapse landscape made primitive by disaster, which they must work to rebuild as we once did millennia ago.
In “The Cartographers,” the main character works for a company that creates and sells virtual memories, while struggling to maintain a real-world relationship sabotaged by an addiction to his own creations. In “Saying Goodbye to Yang,” the robotic brother of an adopted Chinese child malfunctions, and only in his absence does the family realize how real a son he has become.
Children of the New World grapples with our unease in this modern world and how our ever-growing dependence on new technologies has changed the shape of our society. Alexander Weinstein is a visionary new voice in speculative fiction for all of us who are fascinated by and terrified of what we might find on the horizon.
I was excited going into this book because it had been floating around on booktube and seemed fairly popular. I have to say I was a little bit disappointed. While I did like quite a few of the stories, there were some that I didn’t care for or just were too much.
This is a book of short stories revolving around the future of technology and how it impacts people’s lives. I went into it a little bit blind, which is what I do with alot of books, but maybe I shouldn’t have with this one.
Ratings for short stories:
So over all I give this 3 stars. The stories were interesting enough but there just wasn’t enough there for me.
Thanks to Picador for sending me a copy of this for an honest review!