In a near future Tokyo, every action--from blinking to sexual intercourse--is intellectual property owned by corporations that charge licensing fees. A BodyBank computer system implanted in each citizen records their movements from moment to moment, and connects them to the audio-visual overlay of the ImmaNet, so that every inch of this cyber-dystopian metropolis crawls with information and shifting cinematic promotainment. Read more...
In a near future Tokyo, every action--from blinking to sexual intercourse--is intellectual property owned by corporations that charge licensing fees. A BodyBank computer system implanted in each citizen records their movements from moment to moment, and connects them to the audio-visual overlay of the ImmaNet, so that every inch of this cyber-dystopian metropolis crawls with information and shifting cinematic promotainment.
Amon Kenzaki works as a Liquidator for the Global Action Transaction Authority. His job is to capture bankrupt citizens, remove their BodyBank, and banish them to BankDeath Camps where they are forever cut off from the action-transaction economy. Amon always plays by the rules and is steadily climbing the Liquidation Ministry ladder.
With his savings accumulating and another promotion coming, everything seems to be going well, until he is asked to cash crash a charismatic politician and model citizen, and soon after is charged for an incredibly expensive action called "jubilee" that he is sure he never performed. To restore balance to his account, Amon must unravel the secret of jubilee, but quickly finds himself asking dangerous questions about the system to which he's devoted his life, and the costly investigation only drags him closer and closer to the pit of bankruptcy.
In book one of the Jubilee Cycle, Cash Crash Jubilee, debut novelist Eli K. P. William wields the incisive power of speculative fiction to show how, in a world of corporate finance run amok, one man will do everything for the sake of truth and justice.
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- ISBN-13: 9781940456270
- ISBN-10: 1940456274
- Publisher: Talos
- Publish Date: May 2015
- Page Count: 392
- Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
Series: Jubilee Cycle
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-03-09
- Reviewer: Staff
Debut novelist William reverses the outsider perspective of cyberpunk in this intricate tale of a digitally claustrophobic future. Amon Kenzaki works as an Identity Executioner for the main financial authority, GATA, hunting down and closing out the accounts of overdrawn Free Citizens. In a world where all actions, ideas, and bodily functions are priced (“Blinking is money”), bankruptcy is the only real offense. Amon believes in GATA and its copyright economy until he is forced to take down a personal hero, Lawrence Barrow, the chief executive minister of Japan. Seeking truth, he becomes caught up in the rivalry between the two richest sisters in the world. William creates a wraparound horror of a commercialized infosphere, the ImmaNet that pervades and monetizes everything, with InfoClouds in the InfoSky dropping InfoRain ads on pedestrians. Readers who can accept the awkwardness of the setup (Amon types phonetically because all imaginable strings of text have been patented) will get an immersion in a runaway capitalist landscape. (May)