Idlewild

Idlewild

Book - 2003
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From a bold new talent comes a smart, stylish near-future thriller that fuses the fierce imagination of The Matrixwith the chilling social vision of Minority Report. Set in the day after tomorrow, Idlewildopens as a young man awakes with amnesia: He cannot remember who he is and doesn't recognize anything around him-all he knows for sure is that someone is trying to kill him. Not certain whom he can trust, he becomes reacquainted with eight companions, all of whom are being trained at a strange school run by an enigmatic figure named Maestro. Working to uncover the identity of the person who has attempted to murder him, the young man quickly starts to unravel a series of truths, making it clear that much more than just his life is at stake. Taking the best of the genre and transcending it, Sagan's cool debut will appeal to fans of Neil Gaiman and Orson Scott Card, while also drawing in readers of novels such as House of Leavesby Mark Danielewski and Lullabyby Chuck Palahniuk.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons c2003
ISBN: 9780399150975
0399150978
Branch Call Number: FIC Sagan 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 275 p

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BobReads Jun 08, 2015

Like others have hinted at, this book is best reviewed by its three acts. The first act pulls you in, the second act does drag on, but you are rewarded with the third act.

The plot revolves around one of the characters awakening in his MMO with memory blanks, it then reads partly like 70% sci-fi and 30% detective novel.

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Erikabh
Oct 09, 2013

Magnificent and original work from the son of Carl Sagan he of "Contact" fame. It has a slow meander which then rockets into a twisty mind bending exploration of future Earth. The characters is this novel are believable and vibrant. Quirky, eccentric and original the are the strength of this work. The concepts while extremely interesting have been explored, in part by movies such as "The Matrtix" and Phillip K Dick novels. The Library would benefit from obtaining the next two novels of this series.

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suelinton1960
Aug 23, 2011

Wouldn't waste my time on this series. Confusing, boring, not great.

daymakerdave Dec 16, 2010

I've always had great respect and admiration for Carl Sagan so I thought I'd check out his son's work as a sci-fi writer. Idlewild is the book I chose and is actually surprised me with how much I liked it. Every time I thought I figured out what was going on, I was wrong and I love when a book can fool me like that. Overall I found it kind of plain in it's imagery and kind of riddled with cliches, but in the end I really did like reading it.

Kind of like the Matrix meets the Lawnmower man... kind of.

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MasagoYaki
Jun 25, 2010

Slow in the beggining but better at the end..Sagan gives a good plot and unpredictable twist...didn't really like the ending but all in all i would rate Idlewild 4/5

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Bells
Jan 17, 2010

I found this book a little slow to get into, but I'm glad I stuck with it. I really enjoyed the concepts. Sagan delivers an imaginative and entertaining book that delivers science and fantasy. Clever.

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nud
Dec 06, 2008

Not great. Somewhat slow and a uninspiring ending. 2.5 stars.

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