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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Consensusland: A Cryptocurrency Utopia by Mark Kreisler Helfman is a novel set in a utopia that succinctly reflects the reality of the contemporary virtual world, a novel with a powerful prophetic message. Quentin Taylor is a successful entrepreneur who, together with his wife and legal counsel, travels to a utopia, backed by a digital currency that operates independently from governments, banks, and financial institutions. In fact, no one controls it. Here, he is made a bizarre yet attractive offer, an opportunity of a lifetime — if it succeeds. But the catch is troubling — forgetting everything he knows about finance and business — and can he take that chance and bet everything on cryptocurrency and the power of blockchain?
A fictional story inspired by the realities of contemporary digital currencies, Consensusland: A Cryptocurrency Utopia is a gripping narrative infused with realism and a message that warns readers of a place we could be headed. In real life, readers have experienced the world of cryptocurrency, where they can use a currency that is not linked to any bank or financial institution to make purchases and online transactions. The author understands its power very well and weaves a narrative that captures its enticements in a way that is both entertaining and fascinating. The characters are rock-solid, and Quentin Taylor is the reflection of the inner struggle that many readers experience, torn between the lure of the growing power of cryptocurrency and the desire to stay anchored in reality. The prose is crisp and engaging, the narrative voice confident, and the plot skillfully imagined and intelligently developed. A page-turner on a very controversial subject.