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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
In Bookworm by Jason Srebnick, the reader is pulled into a future that does not seem too unrealistic at all. The world is controlled by a handful of corporations that employ most of the people on the planet. Working 17-20 hours a day is normal. Being married to a selected mate and having two test-tube children is also normal. Work happens in office hives, no interaction with other workers is allowed. It's all for the corporations and if you happen to think otherwise, you have to undergo rigorous training sessions (more like brainwashing actually). For one of the billions of mindless human drones, however, life changes when his travel pod crashes. Aaron Cogwell, married, with two children, awakes in a cottage in the forest (that nobody ever visits as it would be a waste of time that could be used to work!). A woman called Mary changes his life for good by introducing him to fruit and vegetables and... to books! Aaron's mind is torn between the new way of life he literally fell into and his obligations towards the cooperation. And then there's his wife and his two children. When Aaron watches children in the forest who are happy and smiling without having to be pumped full of drugs and connected to an E-device, his whole life starts crumbling to pieces. But what will he do?
Bookworm by Jason Srebnick is one of the books you can't stop reading - but you also fear getting too close to the end because this means there'd be nothing left to read. When I was close to being through about 90% of the book, I paused and thought: "Oh no, if I continue reading, it'll be over soon." But I had to read on because you couldn't be sure about how it would all end. Bookworm is very exciting but also a bit scary - because we already have those huge corporations, too. And don't we already have people who turn into mindless drones, doing nothing but staring at their smartphones or tablets all the time, ignoring the world around them? This book makes you think about the world around you. What would you do if you were in Aaron's situation? This book is a fantastic read - entertaining and thought-provokingly philosophical at the same time.