This was an entertaining story, but also carried some interesting lines of inspection on social mechanics. In Autonomy, Jude Houghton explores the consequences of when global policy is dictated entirely by economics. Those who live in squalor and decay should be grateful that they can contribute enough to productivity to earn their minimum subsistence. Those who live a rich life in a city of high rise buildings feel no shame as they provide a means to exist. After all, those wretched souls don't have to accept the work. Other concepts that are explored, is the use of media to foster complacency, and a digital interactive religion to provide hope.
Narration and Structure
Autonomy uses a third person narrative that cycles through a short list of characters. While this can be difficult to manage, Houghton did a fine job. The use of immediate context to indicate a change in perspective, and smooth transitions that enable anticipation of such change made for a comfortable experience. The typographical errors were few, and seemed to mostly occur in the middle segment of the book. They were, overall, not terribly distracting or egregious.
Plot and Characters
This story was heavily layered. Some subtle references, which without context mean nothing, turn out to be quite significant. I enjoy this kind of depth. Even supporting characters have their secrets and motivations hiding beneath their shallow veneers. If one enjoys cerebral engagement than this is possibly the book for you, as is does not employ frequent use of action or interpersonal intrigue to drive the story.
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