What Do You Think, Mr. Collins?


Fiction - Science Fiction
246 Pages
Reviewed on 05/18/2021
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

What Do You Think, Mr. Collins? is a work of fiction in the science fiction genre penned by author Neal Bialostosky. It is aimed at the mature reading audience owing to the presence of explicit language throughout and some violence. The book is a wild and surrealist journey through the lives of two characters living in the city of Paradise. One is an AI butler who has realized that the city is in danger, but nobody else seems to care as the mayoral race in which the incumbent is being challenged by a black hole is just too exciting. The other is a man trying to push his way through a red-tape nightmare so bizarre that Rumpelstiltskin himself is involved.

I thoroughly enjoyed this exploratory and surrealist tale which takes readers through the secrets that lie beneath the city of Paradise. One of the things that I was most intrigued by were the ideas and the pure creativity sewn into the plot, making you think deeply about not only the story elements, but the wider themes and reflections on life around them. Author Neal Bialostosky has a keen sense of atmosphere, which he builds through tension and clues that he delivers through clever dialogue and scenic description. The characters in this novel are fully realized and three-dimensional, with protagonist Ben having his own flaws and quirks that make him feel like a character you can easily connect with. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this novel to fans of science fiction, and those that enjoy thrillers with a connection to the real world. What Do You Think, Mr. Collins? will make you question and think deeper about the world around you, and will stay with you long after you put the book down.

Pikasho Deka

What Do You Think, Mr. Collins? is a dystopian sci-fi novel written by Neal Bialostosky. As reality TV star and business mogul Gregory Lind, also known as the Black Hole, braces himself for the upcoming elections against Teresa Vasquez, the progressive mayor of Paradise City, multiple factions rise to take advantage of the situation. Ben Collins, a computer network manager working for the city of Paradise, finds himself caught amid a grander conspiracy when the chairman and CEO of Personal Androids Incorporated, Sydney Maddow, gets involved with the Black Hole. Meanwhile, a bartender at the Paradise Club, named Eddie Chin, wants to control the Black Hole through advanced technology on behalf of his uncle. But things don't go according to plan as a glitch in the programming results in unpredictable behavior by the Black Hole.

Ambitious and highly imaginative, What Do You Think, Mr. Collins? is part satire and part sci-fi thriller rolled into one. Neal Bialostosky seems to take a lot of inspiration from the real-world politics of our time as the character of Black Hole acutely reminds you of a certain former US President through his actions and words. The pacing of the narrative suits its plot, which moves in unpredictable directions. I found the characters compelling, and their idiosyncrasies help in making them thoroughly entertaining. The satirical tone of the narrative provides a lot of dry humor amid the exploration of some serious issues. Overall, I found What Do You Think, Mr. Collins? an entertaining read that I'll heartily recommend.

Divine Zape

What Do You Think, Mr. Collins? by Neal Bialostosky follows an eccentric and highly skilled computer network manager, Ben Collins, as he navigates a city undergoing a series of mutations, perhaps teetering towards the precipice. It is a parallel world like Earth, known as Paradise, a world where androids live alongside humans. While everyone is interested in the race between Mayor Teresa Vasquez and a powerful businessman and reality TV star, their world is experiencing bigger troubles. The only one who seems to know what is going on is the AI butler, Alfred. Meanwhile, Ben Collins navigates a world filled with corrupt media, experiencing racism and a terrorist attack, and more. Follow him in this intriguing tale as encounters with characters reveal who they truly are.

This is a brilliantly plotted and skillfully written novel with interesting characters, one that reflects the problems of our world and time, especially the political ones. While this beautiful world features the Garden of Eden, it also has the Chinese mafia, immigration issues, and terrorism. The political hype can be compared to the experience of watching Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the race to the White House. While this is a novel with an imaginary setting, it is, indeed, rooted in contemporary reality. The author’s gift for character stands out and readers will enjoy following characters like Nigel Dearborn, who is a secretive and dangerous Russian programmer. What Do You Think, Mr. Collins? is science fiction that explores the world we create with our technology and the problems we bring with it. It is a fast-paced story that is vividly realized with a protagonist who makes for great company.