THE EXECUTION CHANNELEditorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe
In the near future, the war against terror is far from over, and nobody's sure who's fighting whom.The near-future setting of MacLeod's latest (Learning the World, 2005, etc.) is grimly familiar: a constant drip of foreign terror atrocities mixed with the occasional shock of an attack on the West, with the permanent drumbeat of war in the background. Not long after antiwar activist Roisin Travis ... Read full review
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Ken Macleod's The Execution Channel very quickly made my favorite books list. Disinfo, blogging, spies, thermonuclear warfare (especially fear of), pandemics, dystopia, torture, execution pornography, hacking, fear, terrorism... all themes of today's world brought about in an engaging, well-written, thrilling novel.
it's alternahistory and future speculative. al gore wins 2000. 9/11 occurred not in NYC but in Boston and Philadelphia. Global warming has quickly wreaked havoc, causing innumerable displacement of people. Pandemics have ravaged the globe. And some huge explosion on the scale of a nuclear bomb has exploded in Scotland, and inspired, terrorists blow up highways and crash planes into airports while skins and average joes attack "Mozzies" (muslims) indiscriminately. Around this is weaved the story of one family headed by a failed scientist cum IT hacker who turns to secretly spying for France while his daughter, an anti-war protester, is caught up in a Web surrounding the Leuchars explosion, having been previously warned by her brother, who is in the British military, that she should flee the area.
This little book has a lot going for it, and I recommend it to anyone interested in the above dystopic themes.