Putnam. May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780735212121. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780735212138. F
Renowned trend forecaster Sloane realizes that she cannot foretell her own future. A powerful woman with the uncanny ability to predict future trends, most notably the touch-screen swipe, Sloane has been hired by tech giant Mammoth to oversee its annual summit. This year's theme: ReProduction: "What will we make when we stop making kids?" Sloane, in a ten-year childless relationship, seems to be the perfect figurehead. Yet she foresees a backlash against technology and a desire for human interaction. Mammoth employees eagerly adopt her "new" ideas of leaving cell phones outside meetings and using a suggestion box. Instead of looking toward a future of empathy robots, people seek simple human interactions. Sloane herself craves the comfort of the family she pushed away as she deals with her Zentai-clad "neosensualist" partner Roman and his New York Times article on the end of penetrative sex.
VERDICT Maum (I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You) perfectly captures the zeitgeist of our era as technology battles with humanity. Her thought-provoking, humorous book will inspire readers to forgo the electronics and get back to basics as simple as human touch.
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