author: Eric Garcia
average rating: 3.00
book published: 2014
read at: 2014/10/30
date added: 2014/10/30
'City: The Mind in the Machine Volume 1' is a graphic novel that is set in the not too distant future of our surveillance state. It's an action packed story that is a bit creepy. Spoilers will surely follow.
Ben Fischer helped to develop what is billed as the world's greatest surveillance system, but when Homeland Security sees a botched test, it's back to the drawing board. Before further work can be done, Ben is set on a course of action that will change his life and make him something more than human. He is changed and made to be part of the city. With his newfound abilities, he looks into the circumstances around his accident and finds things that send him on the run.
It's a page turning story that adds a sci-fi element to a police state gone crazy. With surveillance everywhere, it's definitely a cautionary tale. Does power corrupt even if it's meant for good? Do the innocent get judged along with the guilty? The message in the graphic novel is not that heavyhanded, but it is pervasive in the plot. I never felt preached at and found it to be a pretty exciting story.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, IDW Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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