The premise of The Media Candidate is probably one of the most relevant I have ever reviewed, given we are so close to the U.S. Election. Anyone reading the book may be inclined to think it was written after Trump announced his campaign, but it wasn’t, in fact Dueweke reports that he had started writing this book in 2012. Before you vote: read it.
In 2048 elections are a popularity contest, filled with the most unintelligent people, celebrities who can buy their way in through money or good looks. Oh and by the way, computers are going to kill us- they develop a mind of their own, control elections and decide who to eliminate from elections… and from life. The problem was that all the technical jargon in between and long stretches of explanations about things that really didn’t add much to the story let it down, such as the two chapters describing Dr. Planck’s affinity for computers. I could sum it up in three sentences- he thinks of the computer as his child. It developed a mind of its own. It was now more advanced than its creator. But then this ramble is followed by a particularly good action scene, which was well written and engaging, so I still don’t know how I feel about the book overall.
There is a saying by Mark Twain when it comes to writing “Don’t use a five-dollar word when a fifty-cent word will do”. It’s the golden rule that every author should live by. Dueweke forgot this rule.
I had significant difficulty reading this book and it took me longer to read it as a result. It’s not that the premise of the book wasn’t good either, in fact I was really looking forward to it, but when I’m constantly researching what a word means, because the author has decided to use overly superfluous language it does take away from the story somewhat. I felt let down, despite wanting to enjoy it, I found because of this I couldn’t engage with the story as much as I wanted to.
What the media candidate does touch on, is how important it is to really think about who you are voting for now, and vote wisely. Don’t get caught up in the media buzz, because what we vote for today will affect the choices we will have in the future. Normally I like a book which makes a statement relevant to society, and I think this one is particularly relevant given the fiasco of the current US election.
I did think it was a very relevant book and worth reading, it was difficult to read and took me a lot longer to actually start feeling engaged by the story than it normally would. But I did feel the ending was quite well explained and drove the point home nicely.
I am curious to see Duewekes next work, as he does seem to have some very intelligent and worthwhile comments on society.
Where to get a copy: Smashwords, Barnes & Noble or iBooks. It’s not on Amazon as far as I can tell.
Genre: Political Thriller
(Bookworm conducting the review: Rachel)