Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Subprimes

Community. Social satire in fiction can often fall flat because of weak characters or barbs that are so sharp that the nuances in life can be lost. One of the best satirical novels I’ve read in a long time is Karl Taro Greenfield’s The Subprimes. In the not-so-distant future, credit scores divide society. Wealth inequality separates the haves from the have nots. Into that setting, Greenfield gives readers a journey, a hero, and an image of the kind of community that can unite instead of divide people. Throughout the novel, Greenfield uses wit to keep the gloom at bay. The gigantic machine used for fracking, for example, is described as fully as any character, and becomes the Goliath of the story. Needless to say, there is a David. The charismatic female hero provides leadership that Greenfield presents with wisdom and insight. Readers who like well-written satire are likely to enjoy this book. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase The Subprimes from

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