State Tectonics

Tor.com. (Centenal Cycle, Bk. 3). Sept. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780765399472. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765399465. SF
The course of microdemocracy is step by step, and now it's time for another election. When the last election happened five years ago, both natural and shadowy dangers threatened humanity's political cycle. Every centenal, a population of 100,000 people, votes on policy lines, and the entire system is operated by Information, the organization supposedly ensuring that unbiased data makes its way into everyone's hands. But there have been issues with Information: masked people are attacking data stations and Information employees are disappearing. As Mishima and Roz, characters from the first two novels in the series (Infomocracy and Null States), along with new figures Maryam and Amran, work toward identifying the group—or groups—behind these incidents, the larger question remains: Is Information worth saving? Readers will tear through this timely volume, with its wide representation in characters and highly evocative topic about access to information, especially in politics.
VERDICT Older concludes the "Centenal Cycle" trilogy with an entertaining trip into the near future while taking a sober look at the world's current state.
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