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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
The events of Individutopia by Jocelyn Nicholas Sheldon take place in the year 2084. The world has turned into a paradise for individualism. There is no more society. Everyone is his or her own best friend – literally - because you can buy holographic versions of yourself to keep yourself company. Or you can buy virtual yous who like your social media posts. Everyone else is competition and there are lists for everything: from a snoring ranking to a best worker ranking. Every individual has only one goal: to be the best. You can even have sex with a copy of yourself! But then, one individual called Renee dares the unthinkable: she seeks another person’s company. This is more difficult than you’d imagine though, considering the world is filled with holograms and everyone sees everyone else as a nuisance!
Renee’s story is told by the seemingly all-knowing narrator of Individutopia. Yet, he seems to become more and more puzzled the more Renee steps forward on her unusual path and indeed encounters other humans. I found some of the developments in the story very weird (and entertaining), but I assume that’s the whole point of the novel. I don’t think that humanity will ever get to the stage of being that individualistic, but it’s interesting to see how it could play out. Renee is a strange one, I’m not sure whether I’d like her if I ever got to meet her in real life. Nevertheless, I enjoyed following her around while she was exploring the world around her without her plenses (contact lenses that make the world around people look “slightly” different). There were some odd and fascinating characters – all in all, an enjoyable read with a touch of dystopia, some humor, and a very strange romance.