Null States: Book Two of the Centenal Cycle

By Malka Older
Read by Christine Marshall

The Centenal Cycle Series: Book 2

12.10 Hours 09/19/2017 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781427290717

"Christine Marshall narrates a chilling near-future thriller...The complex plot shifts between three main storylines, but Marshall keeps all of them clear through her straightforward delivery." — AudioFile Magazine Null States continues Campbell Award finalist Malka Older's Centenal Cycle: the politically-charged science fiction trilogy that began with Infomocracy. • A Locus Award Finalist for Best First Novel • The book The Huffington Post called "one of the greatest literary debuts in recent history" • Named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, The Verge, Flavorwire, Kirkus, and Book Riot The future of democracy is about to implode. After the last controversial global election, the global infomocracy that has ensured thirty years of world peace is fraying at the edges. As the new Supermajority government struggles to establish its legitimacy, agents of Information across the globe strive to keep the peace and maintain the flows of data that feed the new world order. In the newly-incorporated DarFur, a governor dies in a fiery explosion. In Geneva, a superpower hatches plans to bring microdemocracy to its knees. In Central Asia, a sprawling war among archaic states threatens to explode into a global crisis. And across the world, a shadowy plot is growing, threatening to strangle Information with the reins of power.

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Summary

Summary

"Christine Marshall narrates a chilling near-future thriller...The complex plot shifts between three main storylines, but Marshall keeps all of them clear through her straightforward delivery." — AudioFile Magazine

Null States continues Campbell Award finalist Malka Older's Centenal Cycle: the politically-charged science fiction trilogy that began with Infomocracy.

• A Locus Award Finalist for Best First Novel
• The book The Huffington Post called "one of the greatest literary debuts in recent history"
• Named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, The Verge, Flavorwire, Kirkus, and Book Riot

The future of democracy is about to implode.

After the last controversial global election, the global infomocracy that has ensured thirty years of world peace is fraying at the edges. As the new Supermajority government struggles to establish its legitimacy, agents of Information across the globe strive to keep the peace and maintain the flows of data that feed the new world order.

In the newly-incorporated DarFur, a governor dies in a fiery explosion. In Geneva, a superpower hatches plans to bring microdemocracy to its knees. In Central Asia, a sprawling war among archaic states threatens to explode into a global crisis. And across the world, a shadowy plot is growing, threatening to strangle Information with the reins of power.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A fast-paced, post-cyberpunk political thriller... If you always wanted to put The West Wing in a particle accelerator with Snow Crash to see what would happen, read this book. Max Gladstone, author of the Craft Sequence
Smart, ambitious, bursting with provocative extrapolations, Infomocracy is the big-data-big-ideas-techno-analytical-microdemoglobal-post-everything political thriller we've been waiting for. Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings
A frighteningly relevant exploration of how the flow of information can manipulate public opinion...timely and perhaps timeless. Kirkus Reviews
Older’s sparkling debut, the first full-length novel from the novella-focused Tor.com imprint, serves as both a callback to classic futurist adventure tales by the likes of Brunner and Bester and a current examination of the power of information. Publishers Weekly
In the mid-21st century, your biggest threat isn’t Artificial Intelligence—it’s other people. Yet the passionate, partisan, political and ultimately fallible men and women fighting for their beliefs are also Infomocracy’s greatest hope. An inspiring book about what we frail humans could still achieve, if we learn to work together. Karl Schroeder, author of Lockstep and the Virga saga
A futuristic world with eerie parallels to current events... [an] uncanny political thriller. The Washington Post
This brilliant book is unquestionably one of the greatest literary debuts in recent history. The Huffington Post
“Christine Marshall narrates a chilling near-future thriller…The complex plot shifts between three main story lines, but Marshall keeps all of them clear through her straightforward delivery. Nationalities and political loyalties do not always align, so she wisely uses a range of intonations and inflections to distinguish the incredibly diverse cast of characters. This is a densely layered story, so listeners are advised to familiarize themselves with Book 1 of the Centenal Cycle before diving in.” AudioFile
Kinetic and gripping, the plot hurtles toward an electoral climax that leaps off the page. NPR
Futurists and politics geeks will love this unreservedly. The New York Times
“Older continues to argue, most convincingly, that controlling the flow of information to the government and the public is the most potent power there is…Carefully researched, prescient, thoughtful, and disturbing.” Kirkus Reviews
“A large cast of characters, including former Information operative Mishima, is caught up in two political intrigues…Great character moments, including Information employee Roz’s slow-building romance with a local sheik, and teammate Minzhe dealing with potential conflicts of interest due to his mother’s presence in a local government…will please returning fans.” Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: Malka Older

Malka Older is a writer, humanitarian worker, and PhD candidate at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations studying governance and disasters. She was named Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2015. She has more than eight years of experience in humanitarian aid and development and has responded to complex emergencies and natural disasters in Uganda, Darfur, Indonesia, Japan, and Mali.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 12.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English