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READ ✓ The Resisters ↠ An audacious marvel of a novel about baseball and a future America from the always inventive and exciting author of The Love Wife and Who's IrishThe time a not so distant future The place AutoAmerica The land half under water The Internet the new face of government is Aunt Nettie a mix of artificial intelligence surveillance technolRs the Olympics with a special eye on beating ChinRussia Gwen attracts interest Soon she's at Net U falling in love with her coach and considering crossing over even as her mother is challenging the AutoAmerican Way with lawsuits that will prove very dangerous An astonishing story of an America that seems only too possible and of a family struggling to maintain its humanity in circumstances that threaten their every value even their very existence. Speculative fiction by Gish Jen Yes please

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An audacious marvel of a novel about baseball and a future America from the always inventive and exciting author of The Love Wife and Who's IrishThe time a not so distant future The place AutoAmerica The land half under water The Internet the new face of government is Aunt Nettie a mix of artificial intelligence surveillance technology and pesky maxims The people have been divided and no one is happy The angel fair Netted still have jobs and liter. The Resisters takes place in a world where most jobs have been eliminated due to automation the world is flooded thanks to climate change and America is run by a deranged AI people refer to as Aunt Nettie We follow the lives of one Surplus family through the eyes of the husband and father Grant Surplus are those people that were deemed unretrainable when Automation took over and therefore don't work any but are expected to consume via their Living Points alotted to them via Aunt Nettie The daughter of this family Gwen has a golden arm She can throw hard fast and with almost perfect accuracy Eventually this leads the family to start up an illegal Surplus baseball league
I was frustrated with this book on multiple levels I suppose I'll get my big complaint out of the way and tell you there are no chapters only four parts and we all know how much I love that
But most importantly I could not shake the feeling that this story was told from the wrong person's POV Grant is largely an observer in all these events that feel like they happen to his wife and daughter And sure he's a valid character but I just don't think he was the right character The plot revolves around Gwen We are told her story via GreetingGrams basically letters that are sent back and forth to her parents in one part and it frustrated me because I wanted to care about Gwen than I did and couldn't because of this distance created between her and the reader
The worldbuilding is vast and detailed and the author manages to comment on many relevant issues racism sexism politics climate change privacy but again Grant is largely unaffected by many of them given his removal from much of the action It just didn't feel like effective commentary to me  It's Gwen that experiences what it's like to be one of two female players on a high performance baseball team Gwen that attends a university where she is the only person of color thanks to a process called PermaDerming bleaching your skin basically
As far as plot and pacing go this is a character driven book and most of the action is saved for part four Most of the characters are likable except for one whose personality was all over the place  Most of the book is slow and there were several times I wanted to DNF  I did become invested around the halfway mark as Gwen's story picks up but a lot of it was just too slow for my taste
Finally the ending was really a disaster for me  I think in America we expect stories about baseball to be uplifting and while some of the games had the powerful feeling the ending is ruined by some very dark events that take place and don't really seem to fit the tone of the rest of the book
Overall I had very mixed feelings  If you are interested in the dystopian aspect I recommend reading it with a buddy so you can pick it apart and bounce ideas off each other  If you are interested in the baseball I was not then go ahead and give it a try  You might enjoy this 
Thank you to the publisher for sending a review copy


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The ResistersAlly occupy the high ground while the mostly coppertoned Surplus live on swampland if they're lucky on the water if they're not The story To a Surplus couple he was a professor she's still a lawyer is born a Blasian girl with a golden arm At two Gwen is hurling her stuffed animals from the crib; by ten she can hit whatever target she likes with a baseball; her teens find her playing happily in an underground Surplus league When AutoAmerica re ente. Are you crying Are you crying ARE YOU CRYING There's no cryingThere's no crying in baseballThe NY Times said this was a '1984' for our times'Don’t dare call this fantasy or science fiction This is a world all too terrifying dangerous and real'I read dystopian books This just didn't work The telling of the story was not good plus there was no story to tellWhat am i missingWhy is the story of Gwen told through the eyes of her father and not Gwen I found that clunky and awkwardWhere's the dialogue I felt like i was being lectured on the evils of capitalism the corporate world censorship have and have nots blah blah blahWhy did Americans stop playing baseball Was that explainedI just don't get it Can someone explain it to me