Zed Joanna Kavenna

Zed

Author: Joanna Kavenna
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Book Title
Zed
Author
Joanna Kavenna
ISBN
9780385545471
" An] insightful, unsettling look at how technology impacts our lives. . .Kavenna has skillfully made our present feel like dystopian fiction." USA TODAY Named a Best Book of 2020 by USA TODAY From the winner of the Orange Award for New Writing comes a blistering, satirical novel about life under a global media and tech corporation that knows exactly what we think, what we want, and what we do--before we do. One corporation has made a perfect world based on a perfect algorithm . . . now what to do with all these messy people? Lionel Bigman is dead. Murdered by a robot. Guy Matthias, the philandering founder and CEO of the mega-corporation Beetle, insists it was human error. But was it? Either the predictive algorithms of Beetle's supposedly omniscient 'lifechain' don't work, or, they've been hacked. Both scenarios are impossible to imagine and signal the end of Beetle's technotopia and life as we know it. Dazzlingly original and darkly comic, Zed asks profound questions about who we are, what we owe to one another, and what makes us human. It describes our moment--the ugliness and the beauty--perfectly. Kavenna is a prophet who has seen deeply into the present--and thrown back her head and laughed.Binding Type: HardcoverAuthor: Joanna KavennaPublisher: Doubleday BooksPublished: 01/14/2020ISBN: 9780385545471Pages: 352Weight: 1.40lbsSize: 9.30h x 6.30w x 1.40dReview Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 08/01/2019 pg. 55Publishers Weekly 09/02/2019Kirkus Reviews 09/19/2019 pg. 16Library Journal 11/01/2019 pg. 70Booklist 11/01/2019 pg. 20Shelf Awareness 02/07/2020
" An] insightful, unsettling look at how technology impacts our lives. . .Kavenna has skillfully made our present feel like dystopian fiction." USA TODAY

Named a Best Book of 2020 by USA TODAY

From the winner of the Orange Award for New Writing comes a blistering, satirical novel about life under a global media and tech corporation that knows exactly what we think, what we want, and what we do--before we do.

One corporation has made a perfect world based on a perfect algorithm . . . now what to do with all these messy people?
Lionel Bigman is dead. Murdered by a robot. Guy Matthias, the philandering founder and CEO of the mega-corporation Beetle, insists it was human error. But was it? Either the predictive algorithms of Beetle's supposedly omniscient 'lifechain' don't work, or, they've been hacked. Both scenarios are impossible to imagine and signal the end of Beetle's technotopia and life as we know it.
Dazzlingly original and darkly comic, Zed asks profound questions about who we are, what we owe to one another, and what makes us human. It describes our moment--the ugliness and the beauty--perfectly. Kavenna is a prophet who has seen deeply into the present--and thrown back her head and laughed.

Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Joanna Kavenna
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Published: 01/14/2020
ISBN: 9780385545471
Pages: 352
Weight: 1.40lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.30w x 1.40d

Review Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 08/01/2019 pg. 55
Publishers Weekly 09/02/2019
Kirkus Reviews 09/19/2019 pg. 16
Library Journal 11/01/2019 pg. 70
Booklist 11/01/2019 pg. 20
Shelf Awareness 02/07/2020
" An] insightful, unsettling look at how technology impacts our lives. . .Kavenna has skillfully made our present feel like dystopian fiction." USA TODAY

Named a Best Book of 2020 by USA TODAY

From the winner of the Orange Award for New Writing comes a blistering, satirical novel about life under a global media and tech corporation that knows exactly what we think, what we want, and what we do--before we do.

One corporation has made a perfect world based on a perfect algorithm . . . now what to do with all these messy people?
Lionel Bigman is dead. Murdered by a robot. Guy Matthias, the philandering founder and CEO of the mega-corporation Beetle, insists it was human error. But was it? Either the predictive algorithms of Beetle's supposedly omniscient 'lifechain' don't work, or, they've been hacked. Both scenarios are impossible to imagine and signal the end of Beetle's technotopia and life as we know it.
Dazzlingly original and darkly comic, Zed asks profound questions about who we are, what we owe to one another, and what makes us human. It describes our moment--the ugliness and the beauty--perfectly. Kavenna is a prophet who has seen deeply into the present--and thrown back her head and laughed.

Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Joanna Kavenna
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Published: 01/14/2020
ISBN: 9780385545471
Pages: 352
Weight: 1.40lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.30w x 1.40d

Review Citations: Library Journal Prepub Alert 08/01/2019 pg. 55
Publishers Weekly 09/02/2019
Kirkus Reviews 09/19/2019 pg. 16
Library Journal 11/01/2019 pg. 70
Booklist 11/01/2019 pg. 20
Shelf Awareness 02/07/2020