No jobs. Robots took them. Citizens subsist on a basic income guarantee. They consume their lives in drug-fueled virtual reality gaming binges.
Ian Blake doesn't play games and he won't accept handouts. He needs to be productive and useful - but his creepy boss just fired the baby-saving hero and father of three.
Ian yearns to build his own robots now. But with a job offer in hand under his old boss in a government agency, he fights his family's callous material greed and his own self-doubt to build the future he thinks we all need.
Very well written. Mr. Donnelly nails the human aspect. The first 4 chapters were so intense that I actually had to put the book away for a few days - which is extremely rare for me. You find an empathy for the protagonist (Ian) that just draws you in. The story reads a lot like Kurt Vonnegut, though not quite so satirical. It does however bring a believable future if we continue the path of technology we're on. Not necessarily a read for everyone, but I enjoyed it.