Tor.com. Jun. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780765385154. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765385147. SF
There's an election coming up, and campaign operatives such as Ken are traveling the globe to drum up support for their party. Government isn't local in the near future. The world is divided into centenals of 100,000 people, and parties vie for their votes, hoping to win the Supermajority. Many of the parties are wholly owned corporate entities, but some, like Ken's idealistic Policy1st party, campaign on issues. Ken crosses paths with Mishima, an agent working for Information (this future realm's version of the Internet that also watches over the elections), and Domaine, a man aiming to bring down the election process. As the vote gets closer, it's clear that many will do anything in their power to get the outcome they desire.
VERDICT First-time author Older's universe is fascinating, with its believable if cynical view of how politics might evolve in the information age. The pace is brisk with enough action for fans of political thrillers, but with plenty of futuristic touches for sf lovers.
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