Vigilance

Vigilance

Robert Jackson Bennett's Vigilance is a dark science fiction action parable from an America that has permanently surrendered to gun violence. The United States. 2030. John McDean executive produces "Vigilance," a reality game show designed to make sure American citizens stay alert to foreign and domestic threats. Shooters are introduced into a "game environment," and the su Robert Jackson Bennett's Vigilance is a dark science fiction action parable from an America that has permanently surr...

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Title:Vigilance
Author:Robert Jackson Bennett
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:Vigilance
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Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

Vigilance Reviews

  • Zach
    Feb 06, 2019
    Interesting premise, lost steam, ending is predictable. ...
  • Elizabeth
    Jan 17, 2019
    I was provided an ARC by Tor.com in exchange for my open and honest review. It is a terrible and wondrous thing to be so stunned by a story you lose your ability to use words. This story literally stunned me into silence. The only response I could muster for the first day was, "That...
  • Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
    Mar 04, 2019
    Review forthcoming ...
  • Trish
    Feb 09, 2019
    John McDean runs a US TV network. This network shows a program called "Vigilance" which is a reality show where a location is chosen and some people who signed up and happen to be in the area subsequently get to shoot everyone in sight. The reason? To check if the people in the area (c...
  • kartik narayanan
    Feb 02, 2019
    Vigilance tries to be a moralistic science fiction story in the vein of movies like The Purge and The Running Man, but ultimately does not have much going for it. First off, let me state that I am liberal and, like anyone with a working brain, I think Trump is one of the worst thing...
  • Bradley
    Feb 09, 2019
    OMG what a glorious, gloriously messed-up SF. :) Bennett pulls off a great hat trick that follows some of the greatest SF stories ever written. He drills down on a single issue: Guns. So... done, and perhaps overdone for years, right? Yes, of course! Because the problem is WORSE...
  • Denise
    Feb 01, 2019
    Very different from his other books, Bennett has written a frightening story about America?s love affair with guns, fear of the ?other? and the marketing to that fear. ...
  • Donna
    Feb 04, 2019
    In the near future, America watches a show where active shooters are plopped down in a public place - and the ratings are skyrocketing. It's that last part of my one sentence review that blows me away. Please, never let us get to the place where we watch others be murdered as entert...
  • Fiona
    Feb 02, 2019
    If there's one thing John McDean loves more than anything else in the world, it's telling people to be vigilant. Vigilance is not a very pleasant novel - but then, this never promised to be a look into America's optimistic future. What it is though, is timely, terrifying, and comple...
  • Jessica Strider
    Feb 05, 2019
    Pros: thought-provoking, interesting characters, good social commentary Cons: lots of adult content In a future America, the hit reality TV show is Vigilance, where active shooters are sent into unprepared locations to see if the people there have what it takes to survive. ...
  • Michael Hicks
    Feb 01, 2019
    My review of Vigilance can be found at High Fever Books. In the near future, America?s favorite pastime ? mass shootings ? has become a ratings juggernaut. Under the supervision of executive producer John McDean, ONT (Our Nation?s Truth) irregularly broadcasts Vigilance, a r...
  • Sebastian
    Feb 02, 2019
    As the story progressed, I was getting disappointed that a writer of Bennett?s caliber would pop out such a derivative mashup of ?The Right of the People? and something like ?The Running Man?, but then as the end drew nearer the story took an unexpected turn, ending with a po...
  • Lindsay
    Feb 12, 2019
    An extrapolation of US gun culture, big data and reactionary societal trends produces this disturbing book that reads like a combination of the Truman Show, the Running Man and modern-day mass shootings. The plot here is very simple and best appreciated without spoilers as the ongoi...
  •  Charlie - A Reading Machine
    Feb 07, 2019
    How do you review a book that is well written and raises important question but is just horrible to read? Vigliance is an examination of the violent and moronic obsession that many Americans have with guns. It?s a tv game show that places armed psychos within an unsuspecting civil...
  • Lata
    Feb 07, 2019
    Whoa. Super depressing and a plausible outcome when the nastiness, cynicism and violence in the US of today is extrapolated forward to a really dark future where mass shootings, marketing, AI and reality tv come together to sell more products and entertain. ...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    Nov 24, 2018
    This review can also be found on my blog! I received this ARC from Tor in exchange for an honest review! 4/5 CW: sexism, mass violence, mass shootings, and graphic descriptions My updates for this book looked a little like this: ?Well, this is terrifying.? ?Yep, t...
  • Holly (The Grimdragon)
    Jan 14, 2019
    "The heart of the matter was that, from the beginning, America had always been a nation of fear.." As I sit here writing this review, the narrative of the world continues to appear bleak. A cavalcade of grim events litter our news headlines steadily. MAGA-hat-wearing teenage boys pr...
  • Jon Adams
    Feb 05, 2019
    This is science fiction that feels like it won't be someday soon. Disturbing and riveting in equal measures. I think a lot of Americans will hate this book, and we're the people that need it. ...
  • Justine
    Feb 11, 2019
    Chilling and scary, but also sad. Robert Jackson Bennett's near future setting seems frighteningly prescient. Anyone turning on the news today can see how the cultural of fear is decimating America, and the loss of all that potential because of it is simply painful to watch. The hea...
  • Lukasz
    Jan 31, 2019
    Dark science-fiction by Robert Jackson Bennett? Yes, please. In a near-future (2030) America, Vigilance is a popular TV reality show in which shooters kill civilians in a variety of places (malls, restaurants etc). John McDean, the show?s cynical executive producer manipulates am...
  • Jeremiah
    Jan 29, 2019
    Dumb, overtly simplistic political dystopian fiction Robert Jackson Bennett is a talented author, but this one really missed the mark for me. It's a spitefully thin political screed masquerading as "thoughtful" science fiction that beats you over the head with its themes (Capitalism...
  • Robyn
    Feb 05, 2019
    Well, that was depressing. And scarily possible. ...
  • FanFiAddict
    Jan 26, 2019
    Thanks to Tor.com Publishing and the author for an advanced reading copy of Vigilance in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this ARC did not influence my thoughts or opinions on the work. Vigilance is part The Purge and part (and I can?t believe I?m saying this, and my apo...
  • Duane
    Dec 28, 2018
    It's obviously written by a hapless urbanite who didn't grow up with firearms and doesn't have a clue why people own them. Some of the pontifications therein are just incandescently dumb... To wit(less): ?A firearm should provoke analysis and thought, not action. Or that?s how ...
  • Amy Conlon
    Feb 20, 2019
    Did you ever want read a book about the producers of the Hunger Games show? Or the Running Man show? The people who craft these televised deathtraps? You're in luck! Vigilance focuses primarily on the producer/marketer of a near future reality show that drops would-be shooters into a ...
  • Petrik
    Oct 15, 2018
    ARC provided by the publisher?Tor.com?in exchange for an honest review. A powerful and terrifyingly necessary novella; I sincerely hope that it?s not prophetic. Gun violence and mass shooting, we?ve all heard about it; it has happened way too many times for the past coupl...
  • Aqsa
    Feb 12, 2019
    3.5 Stars Read for SpecFic Buddy Reads- Febrauary BR. My heart is still pounding! Why can?t we find a way to get everyone to be vigilant, and get great ratings? And thus, the game was born. I was confused in the first 3 chapters as I tried to understand what Vigilance wa...
  • Hunter Pons
    Feb 01, 2019
    Picked this up based on the reviews. The concepts in it are fun, nothing too new or thought-provoking other than the overt criticism of gun policy in America. There was one large plot hole I had a hard time getting over. In order for the premise to work, we have to assume that funding ...
  • G33z3r
    Feb 02, 2019
    This is one angry, vicious, violent, sarcastic satire. It's a near-future dystopian US where the hit reality TV show is Vigilance, in which a few contestants, "actives," try to kill as many people as possible in the selected venue (you opt in when you enter such areas, like the mall, s...
  • Melania 🍒
    Feb 08, 2019
    2,95/5 Interesting enough to finish it. It feels like an episode of Black Mirror, that is true and I also liked the fact that the author didn?t make it a full length book. It works best in this condensed, novella version. The commentary on guns and America?s seeming inability of...