Book micro-review: 84K by Claire North

If the conservative vision of the corporate future is mildly annoying, this left-wing dystopia is terrifying. The main character who’s real name we never learn is called Theo. He should be called Winston. He doesn’t work in the Ministry of Truth but in Ministry for Justice assigning costs for crimes to be paid by the perpetrators.

It’s unsettling to see seeds of the dystopian future in the present. Public-private partnerships. Segregation by wealth. Monetisation of convicts’ labour. Use of apprentices as a cheap labour with short self life. Uselessness of university degrees in the absence of “connections”.
Schools curriculum being skewed by commerce – a recurrent topic in modern SF and “The Simpsons”.

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