Books | Fiction / Science Fiction / Cyberpunk
In the near future sci-fi world of Qualityland, algorithms help create an idyllic life for its citizens, but what if the perfect world wasn't built for you?Welcome to QualityLand, the best country on Earth. Here, a universal ranking system determines the social advantages and career opportunities of every member of society. An automated matchmaking service knows the best partners for everyone and helps with the break up when your ideal match (frequently) changes. And the foolproof algorithms of the biggest, most successful company in the world, TheShop, know what you want before you do and conveniently deliver to your doorstep before you even order it.In QualityCity, Peter Jobless is a machine scrapper who can't quite bring himself to destroy the imperfect machines sent his way, and has become the unwitting leader of a band of robotic misfits hidden in his home and workplace. One day, Peter receives a product from TheShop that he absolutely, positively knows he does not want, and which he decides, at great personal cost, to return. The only problem: doing so means proving the perfect algorithm of TheShop wrong, calling into question the very foundations of QualityLand itself. Qualityland, Marc-Uwe Kling's first book to be translated into English, is a brilliantly clever, illuminating satire in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and George Orwell that offers a visionary, frightening, and all-too funny glimpse at a near future we may be hurtling toward faster than it's at all comfortable to admit. So why delay any longer? TheShop already knows you're going to love this book. You may as well head to the cash register, crack the covers, and see why that is for yourself.
Grand Central Publishing
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"What would happen if algorithms and amazon took over the world? They know what you want before you want it, or do they? This is a fun, irreverent and unapologetic. If you want a light hearted, tongue in cheek very real warning about society this is it! I loved how clever this was. A modern must read!"
"Both hilarious and horrifying, the story of QualityLand is a cautionary tale of what happens when we finally raise convenience as our highest ideal. The characters, both villains and "heroes", are wonderfully constructed and provoke laughter and disgust in equal measure. A read I will be thinking about for a long time to come. "
"OMG, this book was fantastic! I have no idea how to even review it because it is unlike anything else I have ever read. It is delightfully weird and very tongue in cheek with its humor. It is equal parts potentially realistic and absolutely absurd at the same time. This might be the best book I have read in quite some time. And I still can't get over Ado and Eva: A Love Story, the musical. It still cracks me up every time I think about it! (Is it wrong that part of me actually wants to see it???)"