Thursday, January 31, 2019

Vigilance, by Robert Jackson Bennett

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Near-Future Dystopian Horror) About twenty years from now, a reality show that pays young men to go into public places and stage mass shootings is the most popular show in America. Tonight will be the show of a lifetime. (33,094 words; Time: 1h:50m)

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Pro: It’s very well set up, so the big twist isn’t a reveal so much as an “ah ha!”

I was very pleased that the AI software didn’t work perfectly, had limitations, and that it worked with people, not all by itself.

Con: The what-if is impossible to believe, particularly in just 20 years.

The story has an overwhelming political message that it hammers on relentlessly. In fact, it has multiple messages, clumsily delivered via infodumps. Tabitha’s speech at the end is particularly painful to read.

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