Zed

Zed

Self-anointed guru of the Digital Age, Guy Matthias, CEO of Beetle, has become one of the world's most powerful and influential figures. Untaxed and ungoverned, his trans-Atlantic company essentially operates beyond the control of Governments or the law. But trouble is never far away, and for Guy a perfect storm is brewing: his wife wants to leave him, fed up with his seria Self-anointed guru of the Digital Age, Guy Matthias, CEO of Beetle, has become one of the world's most powerful and i...

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Title:Zed
Author:Joanna Kavenna
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0571245153
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Zed Reviews

  • Blair
    Jun 28, 2019
    (3.5, maybe?) It's difficult to rate this. It reminded me most of my experience with Joshua Cohen's Book of Numbers: a book I hated at first, and continued to find frustrating throughout, but ended up loving, and now regard as one of the greatest novels the 21st century has yet produce...
  • Elbrackeen Brackeen
    Sep 11, 2019
    pw 9/2/19 ...
  • Rachel Noel
    Aug 31, 2019
    *Book provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was promoted as a sci-fi dystopian where everyone's lives are dictated by algorithms, with a strong philosophical and dark comedy bent. I'll be honest, I get why it's listed as science fiction, but it's really ...
  • Hollowspine
    Sep 15, 2019
    Zed explores a society where a huge tech corporation, such as Google/Apple/Amazon, has quietly taken over, socially, politically, economically, and ingrained itself into every aspect of existence. The corporation of the novel is Beetle, most people are employed by Beetle in some form, ...
  • Adam
    Jun 28, 2019
    Joanna Kavenna?s Zed is a pitch-dark comedy about an Orwellian future where Big Brother is not only watching but controls every aspect of society. Imagine if Google merged with the NSA, CIA, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple, as well as owned almost every media channel and newspaper in the...
  • deep
    Aug 17, 2019
    PW Starred: " In this tangled, riveting parable of the modern surveillance state, Kavenna leads readers through an eerie near-future England dominated by the Beetle corporation, whose increasingly invasive technology monitors everything: people?s health, transportation, and even the ...
  • Paul
    Jul 26, 2019
    I?m sat here writing this review on my notebook PC while my smartphone randomly provides new music based on previous choices I?ve made. Meanwhile, my smartwatch feeds me a constant stream of various e-mails and alerts. Technology is just super convenient isn?t it? That idea that ...
  • Chris
    Sep 01, 2019
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  • Barry
    Aug 11, 2019
    Superb. If you hated 'The Circle' for its twee shallowness and plotting, this is the book for you. I'd call it the fictional extension (or reductio ad absurdum) of Zuboff's 'Surveillance Capitalism'. Glancing through other reviews here, I discovered another one: for fans of Co...
  • Dale
    Aug 30, 2019
    Enjoyed it. Think 1984 and Google have a love child... ...
  • Colby
    Jul 30, 2019
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  • Alexa
    Jul 29, 2019
    This was a DNF at around 23%. I enjoyed the writing style and the thought of a totally enterprise controlled society is intriguing, very Orwellian, but the pace was very slow, I was lost most of the time, and while I enjoyed some of the characters, they didn't stand out enough for me t...
  • Ann-Marie
    Aug 18, 2019
    This seemed like a straight forward indictment of current social media and smart home culture. But double speak is too tricky to be doomed. And governments and corporations/people are too eager for power to take responsibility. The only way out is to 1) be oneself and face poverty, cen...
  • Tim Julian
    Aug 28, 2019
    Dystopian near-future satire along the lines of Dave Eggers' The Circle or Annalee Newitz's Autonomous. Here we have all-powerful tech corporation Beetle which alongside droid Personal Assistants, omnipresent spycams, talking fridges and the rest has developed algorithms to predict hum...
  • Mary
    Jul 24, 2019
    It started well, a great concept and very witty. I want to know what the ending is, but I just don't want to read it any more. It seems to be going nowhere slowly. ...
  • Sam
    Jul 19, 2019
    A fun read in a dystopian way. Leans heavily on 1984 but none the worse for that. Darkly hilarious and all too believable a future of we get too sucked into Twit/Face/Goo/Zon. I was trying to think of a collective noun for the Big Tech but just came up with ?Twitfaced? - how one f...
  • Tim
    Sep 05, 2019
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  • Farzana Khan
    Sep 02, 2019
    I really liked the idea of this but there wasn't much of a plot. ...
  • Stephen Brown
    Sep 12, 2019
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  • Sophie Patrikios
    Sep 01, 2019
    I assumed I?d enjoy this but couldn?t get into it at all and abandoned it after many, many attempts to get through first half. ...
  • CJ
    Jul 06, 2019
    Dammit! Tricked by cover porn. Look at that cover, it is gorgeous! It has a very intriguing premise, but was let down by the execution. It reads like an early draft. A few more rounds of revising and editing could elevate this story into a masterpiece. I did read an early copy s...
  • Hugh
    Jul 09, 2019
    Joanna Kavenna is becoming one of my favourite writers - her four previous novels (Inglorious, The Birth of Love, Come to the Edge and A Field Guide to Reality) are all intelligent and interesting in different ways, and her writing is often very funny. I must admit that I was a little ...
  • Barbara
    Sep 17, 2019
    This book was an incredibly hard one with which to keep slogging on. It has an interesting premise that draws on today's issues and takes the strength of the IT megacorporations and extends that to a point at which society is over-run by algorithms and machines. I was reminded of the T...
  • Amber Sherlock
    Jul 19, 2019
    A terrifying and frankly, bizarre insight into an Orwellian future of total control, murderous AI and algorithms to predict crime. Corporate giants control all - how to live, think, act and pre-arrest any potential dissidents. A great concept, but the execution ultimately lets the book...
  • Carol
    Jul 22, 2019
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  • Katharine
    Sep 11, 2019
    Joanna Kavenna?s Zed was a satirical and Orwellian look at what the future might be, If we give in to the posturing of large corporations. Already they control so much of our lives, and this warns us not to let it go too far. The story begins through the eyes of a police officer whos...
  • Adam Russell
    Sep 09, 2019
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  • Alan Shaw
    Jul 20, 2019
    I enjoyed some of this book and some of it I found a slog. The story begins well as a black and bleak comedy then loses its way, suddenly ups a gear and is almost exciting before simply fading away. The premise isn't particularly new - Big Bad Business and Big Bad Government collude in...
  • Matthew A Timms
    Sep 05, 2019
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  • Kpmop
    Sep 08, 2019
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