We follow a group of bandits, who inadvertently get hijacked by a nun, Guet Imm. It is a fairly straight forward plot – going to delivery some good – with somethings going awry in the process.
Essentially, Hannah Fry takes us through where algorithms already exist and how they are currently affecting our lives. She takes on a ride through areas like crime, policing, cars, health and art, highlighting the benefits but also the risks.
Anyway, the story is about Noemí, a socialite who is interrupted in her life of socialising, to go visit her cousin. Catalina sent a strange letter to Noemí’s father, and he makes a deal with Noemí to allow her to pursue a master’s degree if he goes and finds out what is wrong.
The story centres on Lila Mae Watson, the first black, female elevator inspector in ‘the city’. She’s also an Intuitionist inspector, someone who intuits whether an elevators is working. But the last elevators she inspects suddenly has a catastrophic incident and she’s cut up in more than one intrigue.
In this book, Ezra Klein sets out his analysis for why the US political system has become polarised. It’s well crafted and persuasive, using a raft of political, psychological and historical evidence to put weight behind his argument.
I just don’t know what to say. I mean how many times have I gushed about Murderbot? A lot. And you know what, I’m going to gush again.
The main argument is that we no longer have a debate about what ‘value’ means in the economy. Because of this, the economy has slowly started to become rent-seeking, maximising extracting wealth from people and companies, rather than making longterm investments.
Broadly, it’s about some space salvagers where something goes wrong, and then hijinks ensue. But mostly it’s about feelings. ENDLESS PAGES OF FEELINGS.
The story itself was just very well woven, told through different artefacts (which again helped with the world building) that had belonged to the empress during her time in exile. Rabbit and Chih had very different personalities, alongside the Empress who we se through the eyes of Rabbit.
Confession time: I never read any Ursula Le Guin as a child or as a teenager. The first time I picked up a book by her was when reading/torturing myself with The List.