Evolution. Max Barry combines dystopia, satire and comedy in his latest novel, Machine Man. Protagonist Charles Neumann works as a scientist in the lab of an unscrupulous company named Better Future. After Charlie loses his leg, he considers making himself an improved model. Barry satirizes our culture of constant self-improvement, and describes corporate exploitation and avarice in an extreme way. Charlie’s exploits become hilarious at times, and the pace of the novel is quick. Fans of Barry’s prior novels will be pleased with this one, and new readers may find his quirky writing to be an acquired taste. Read an excerpt before diving in.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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