Thursday, April 24, 2014

Solomon the Peacemaker-Hunter Welles

Solomon the Peacemaker-Hunter Welles

the facts
satisfaction: up
pages: 232
gender: M
nationality: USA
year: 2014
novel

Fast-paced and mysterious, Solomon the Peacemaker takes the reader to the twenty-second century, where cultural norms have changed the way people interact with technology. Humanoid robots, though ubiquitous, are confined inside private homes, giving the impression that all is well with the world. And this may be the case. But in the basement of the Church of Incarnations, one man believes that human beings may already be in the thrall of these robots and The Peacemaker, the incredible computer built as a storehouse for human memory. 


Fantastic. Welles does his world-building subtly, slowly cluing you into the ways that 2178 is vastly different from our own. He creates this dystopic future without actually condemning everything in it-it is simply the first-person narrator's world. The format is refreshing as it is first person narrator with the interrogator's questions omitted-a device that functions both as a constant reminder of the authoritarian state and as a thought exercise in which you occasionally take a moment to consider what question is being answered. And we know I enjoy well done unreliable narrators and this narrator, V, with his drugs and potentially manipulated memory is one. Welles's prose is clear and fluid rendering what could have been a complicated morass of a mystery into a seamless narrative about the role of memory and our relationship to technology. I was kept avidly reading until the ending.

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