Here is my review of the page turning science-fiction dystopian The Ten Percent Thief by Lavanya Lakshminarayan.
Welcome to Apex City, formerly Bangalore. Here, technology is the key to survival, productivity is power, and even the self must be engineered, for the only noble goal in life: success.
Everything is decided by the mathematically perfect Bell Curve. With the right image, values and opinions, you can ascend to the glittering heights of the Ten Percent – the Virtual elite – and have the world at your feet. The less-fortunate struggle among the workaday Seventy Percent, or fall to the precarious Twenty Percent; and below that lies deportation to the ranks of the Analogs, with no access to electricity, running water or even humanity.
The system has no flaws, and cannot be questioned. Until a single daring theft sets events in motion that will change the city forever…
Lavanya Lakshminararayan’s, The Ten Percent Thief is one of those books I couldn’t stop reading- a truly impressive dystopian science fiction novel.
I received a copy of this book for a free and unbiased opinion.
High Tech Apex city is a deadly meritocracy, where everyone has their place, a place they have to earn and keep earning. If they don’t they fall down the ranks to the Twenty percenters or worse find themselves deported to the Analog world outside ( and yes, it is a very Analog world with no resources).Read more: The Ten Percent Thief by Lavanya Lakshminarayan- Book review
I found it initially difficult to get into the book as the chapters are told from multiple points of view but when I figured out there is no main character as such I enjoyed each point of view chapter which highlights different aspects of life in Apex city.
The underlying story is how the analogs fight back and the awfulness of Apex City despite its wealth, gloss and high tech which makes everyone’s life easier.
As I said world-building is intricate and clever. I loved the idea of the richest people living on floating Lily leaves and the idea that people from Apex City send their children for a trip through the Analog world to warn them of the perils of not conforming. I felt sometimes that there were too many new terms for new tech but this is just me and it does help with the world -building.
Despite the dystopian feel, there are flashes of humour which stops the book from feeling too dark. This book is clearly set in the future but some of the themes in the book such as society and governments portray people not actively in work or needing extra as being a drain on society.
I did feel the book ended on an optimistic note with some hope for the analog and victuals to live together.
Perfect for Fans of
High tech or Dystopian science fiction