What’s it all about?:
Corpalism is a dark and exciting exploration of a dystopian world – describing a cold and callous future wrought by unchecked corporate greed.
The book is in five parts; the timeline moves back and forth 20 years, using inter connected characters and storylines. Situational humour serves to lighten the mood and the characters range from the cynically evil, through the surprisingly likeable to the positively evangelical.
The first part is a fast-paced thriller that moves in a believable way between fact and fiction, the second part plunges the unsuspecting reader into the strange world of socialite and singer, Delores Grey whilst the third has several characters in a pub arguing various topics from various points of view; the reader being left to decide which is valid. Part four brings all the threads together and the final part is set 20 years in the past and shows how the world came to its ultimate conclusion.
What did I think?:
First of all, I think some people may be put off this novel by its size but I didn’t find this much of a problem as the story was divided into different volumes. This segregation made it more enjoyable as I was able to appreciate each section on its own merit. Throughout the threads there are inter-connected characters and a similar message: how the rich “fat cats” get even fatter, whilst leaving the poor to struggle. I agree with the author on a lot of points, especially regarding the state of the economy at the moment, but at some times I did feel the same thing was being said unnecessarily. However, great points were made regarding women’s rights, the demise of the NHS, and national debt.
There are some fantastic characters in these stories, and some utterly mind-bending moments! First volume – who is a “goodie,” who is a “baddie,” well…who can say? The second volume is one of my favourites and involves a young singer called Delores who has risen to fame on a TV talent show, but has disappeared for 40 days and 40 nights. On returning, she has developed some controversial new ideas about the industry and is not afraid to express them. I found this volume particularly humourous with the addition of the music mogul loosely based on Simon Cowell (?), even sharing his initials. All of the sections of this novel have their own merits though, with a dash of irony and a fixed “take-home” message.
Would I recommend it?:
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