Today I am happy to present a review of Theocracide, by James Wymore. Theocracide is a timely dystopian tale about a hyper-virtual world where people rarely leave their homes and live their lives virtually through computer glasses. As someone who works from home and keeps my computer in arms reach most of the day, this one definitely hits home!
Full of clever world-building and detail, I found several passages that really struck me. Here is one of my favorites that I would like to share. Jason is speaking of his father's house in the woods.
"Of course, he only went there every other weekend, but those weekends were the only time in his life when he actually did anything real. The other days he spent on the computer doing schoolwork, playing games, or watching vids. Those other days all blurred together as a single insubstantial memory. Spending time on the computer had consumed most of his life, but here at Jay’s house he had lived.
Even living here only four days a month Jay realized it had been all the important parts. Nothing else significant had ever happened to him. The momentary feelings of success when he finished a long video game paled by comparison to his time spent here camping and fishing. For a few precious days each month, he had been in the real world. The rest of the time, he had hibernated in a virtual world of stimulation, which amounted to nothing."
Theocracide is beautifully written and the perfect dystopian premise for our age. My only criticism is that I wished the plot moved a little faster. He spends a lot of time world-building, and does it well, but it took a while to get to the inciting incident that started Jason on his journey.
On the whole, I highly recommend this book to all fans of sci-fi and dystopia.