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Harmony by Project Itoh


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    In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching by P. D. Ouspensky (Lucy_Skywalker)
    Lucy_Skywalker: Some interesting thoughts on consciousness and memory, contesting egos and wishes etc. I wouldn't be surprised if Itoh Project had read it.

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Didn't read all of this, some interesting ideas ( )
  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
This book has been out for 10 months and there are only 6 reviews (as when I'm writing this). This book is apparently not being read. I went looking for this because IO9.com said it was one of the best science fiction books of 2010. I'll agree that it's one of the best I've ever read. Several other reviewers have done a good job describing the plot so I won't. I just wanted to get another 5 star review on the record.
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  capewood | Dec 8, 2014 |
Didn't read all of this, some interesting ideas ( )
  BakuDreamer | Sep 7, 2013 |
Thanks to nanotechnology and medical implants, getting sick is a thing of the past. Death doesn't really happen. Overly-emotional states are detected and biofeedback is utilized to calm a person, so people stay on a relatively even keel. Miach wants Out of this system, and she makes a suicide pact with her two best friends, the three of them starving themselves in order to beat the system. Only Miach succeeds, and more than a decade later, another finally finds her way out, as part of a global suicide epidemic. Tuan is the only one left, and her work with the WHO has her investigating exactly what happened on that day when nearly three thousand people managed to take their own lives. In her research, she learns that she was not the only survivor after all, and that she has some deep family ties to the recent suicides. Someone is planning to take down the system, and they're going to get Tuan's help, whether she knows it or not.

Dystopian for the nanotechnology and physical surveillance (see also: Rash, Pete Hautman; Little Brother, Cory Doctorow), and for parts of the ultimate resolution that I won't get into here. The last third seems more noir-mystery than sci-fi/dystopia, but I can see elements of both. Mostly a book for young adults (by which I mean roughly 20-35 years old) but I can see this appealing to certain jaded, disaffected high school juniors and seniors. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 31, 2013 |
This book is a great addition to the current trend of teen dystopian novels that seem to be flooding the market since the success of The Hunger Games. In Itoh's world, every aspect of human life is controlled by a nano-technology program called WatchMe. The sole purpose of WatchMe is to make sure that you are in supremely healthy conditions at all times in order to protect a resource that has now become precious and limited - the human race. At times the narrative gets snarled in unnecessary scientific jargon that doesn't add much to the story, but the overall picture is a chilling work that slowly unfolds the magnitude of the issues it presents until it concludes in an awesome OMFG realization at the end. Recommended for sci/fi readers, dystopian lit lovers, and alternate history aficionados. ( )
  lovejoy_rat | Sep 22, 2011 |
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One of the things this novel made me think was: why hasn't the clinic featured more largely in SF and Fantasy?

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In the future, Utopia has finally been achieved thanks to medical nanotechnology and a powerful ethic of social welfare and mutual consideration. This perfect world isn't that perfect though, and three young girls stand up to totalitarian kindness and super-medicine by attempting suicide via starvation. It doesn't work, but one of the girls--Tuan Kirie--grows up to be a member of the World Health Organization. As a crisis threatens the harmony of the new world, Tuan rediscovers another member of her suicide pact, and together they must help save the planet...from itself.
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