The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner – Dystopian Books Review

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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Science Fiction Novel The Shockwave Rider

The Shockwave Rider authored by John Brunner offers an amazing novel based on science fiction. The author published it in 1975. In this novel, the hero uses his wonderful computer hacking skills to escape into the dystopian future.

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Author: John Brunner

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 288

Good reads rating:  3.96 of 5

My Ratings: 8 of 10

Published: 1975

Publisher: Harper & Row

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Science Fiction Novel The Shockwave Rider

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The author base the novel on the dystopian future of the 21st Century in America. This land becomes dominated by computers and artificial intelligence. The novel describes an early form of the cyberpunk genre. As the story starts, the protagonist, Nick Haflinger, runs away from a government program known for finding, educating and indoctrinating gifted children. They know this program as Tarnover. It means the program guards the interest of states for developing a future backed up by qualitative analysis.

Nick Haflinger carries a talent that he can program any network by using only his touch-tone telephone. This ability becomes inspired and is like a classical pianist who can play concertos and sonatas just from memory. Nick comprises flaws in his personality and wishes to die. Nick gets his identity revealed to the people who follow him for Tarnover.

The world described in The Shockwave Rider presents a dystopian future. In this world, laissez-faire economics is the main cause of the disaster. They base the economy on characteristics of greed with no long-term plans. The educational system in this dystopian future is dysfunctional. Teachers cannot perform their jobs efficiently. According to the book, the only educational system controlled and working efficiently is the Tarnover School.

Final Say on The Science Fiction Novel The Shockwave Rider

The science-fiction based novel The Shockwave Rider offers suspense with many exciting science fiction adventures. Like other science fiction based novels, John Brunner depicted the reality of the dystopian future of a greedy economy. I rate this novel 8 out of 10. Would I re-read this novel? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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