Review: Futura: A Novella by Jordan Phillips

Synopsis/Cover Image from Amazon
By the year 2050, Paris is a stark contrast from other large cities, which had long ago morphed into ultramodern metropolises, where every new building was practically a city within a city. Even in France, humans cannot escape the fact that the Invisibles have taken over. Some come in the form of microscopic chips that are embedded practically everywhere, while others are more visible because they power robots. Humans were suddenly underutilized, and they would be forever.

Past futurists had cried that this would be disorienting and depressing, but it turned out to be quite liberating. Human qualities—good and bad—are tolerated because they are authentic, and not artificially created. To err is to be human, and these days, to be human is to be beautiful.

Futura follows a single American woman named Ruby as she figures out how to thrive in a dramatically different cultural landscape. This utopian novella pushes back on the cynical views many hold today. Instead, author Jordan Phillips has imagined a bright future for the entire human race.

Futura isn't my typical book; however, I make it a goal of mine every year to read a few books outside of my comfort zone. 

Futura is very different from any futuristic book I've read before. Jordan Phillips paints a fascinating, eye-opening look into the future - one I couldn't look away from. 

Jordan focuses on description rather than action. Over the 90 pages Futura dives into all the nitty gritty details. 

In 2050 Pairs there are the humans as well as the invisibles. I feel the best way to describe the invisibles is as robots, as they can't think but they can process and analyze data. Humans work alongside of them in a variety of positions, usually ones that the invisibles can't do themselves. It was interesting to learn more about this, especially since technology is becoming such a huge part of everyday life. Additionally, humans are offered several different paths. For instance, they can pursue a career and earn decent money or they can live off the government on a comfortable yet basic stipend. In the most extreme cases, they can decide to return back to nature, living a rustic life. I enjoyed seeing this different careers discussed, and I also appreciated that Jordan showed characters living in each. 

The one aspect that I didn't enjoy about Futura was the lack of character development. It was hard to like or dislike Ruby because I knew so little about her. Only the basic details were presented about her life - her work, her friends, and her desire to have a baby. 

Overall, Futura is an okay read. It wasn't my favorite nor my least favorite book. 

3 stars!! 

Futura is now out! 

Source: eARC provided by publicist for review 

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1 comment:

  1. Definitely an interesting concept! With the way we have come to rely on technology and how rapidly it advances, this future doesn't sound so far off!


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