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24/7 by Jim Brown


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Previously I had read Jim Brown's novel Boom (click here for that review) and loved it. It has taken me awhile but I finally picked up a copy of his 2001 novel 24/7.

On a small Caribbean island a woman joins the newest reality TV show: 24/7. For Dana Kirsten, winning the $2 million prize could mean saving her child’s life. But while the country watches her every move, Dana is entering a fight for her own life–and a conflict that will shake the world. . . .

The setting of the book is Vassa Island, with a whole Survivor meets Big Brother type of scenario. Contestants are monitored all day, every day, with constant surveillance cameras that broadcast their every actions and conversations around the world. But within minutes of the first show of the new season, things go horribly wrong and the contestants are fighting for their lives to survive.

It is up to one lone camera-man turned reporter to unravel the pieces of the puzzle in time, before each contestant is picked off one by one.

The story is fast-paced, engaging and pulls the reader right in. It makes a strong statement about how we have become a voyeuristic society and how we'll judge people based on what facets they put across.

As a fan of reality TV shows for a long time now, especially the sociological aspects of the contests of Survivor and Big Brother, this novel was right in my wheel-house. I enjoyed it a lot and would recommend it to folks who like the similar. ( )
  Martin_Maenza | Apr 14, 2017 |
This book is a bit of silly escapism, I knew from reading the blurb that it was going to be far fetched. Its a bit like a desert island verison of Big Brother, things go wrong and instead of the contestants being voted off the show and going home they are killed. The island is infected with a virus and the contestants that get voted off dont get the antidote. Book moves at a fast pace and makes you question of far things on reality TV will eventually go. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Oct 1, 2012 |
24/7 was a pretty good book that is now probably past its time. It was released at a time when reality tv was really taking off and proved to be a social commentary on the addictiveness of Americans on that genre. The book centers around a group of contestants on a game show taking place on an island. The contestants are promised that their biggest fears will be exploited with the whole world being able to watch them 24/7. Viewers from home then vote to see who has to leave. However, there become problems when the losing contestants don't simply leave the island; they die. This had a "Saw" feel to it in that players had to complete challenges in order to have a better chance of living and in fact one example was of a narcissistic woman who had choice of whether or not to lose her hand. The love interest was at times predictable, but Brown was able to keep it fresh by created twists with the male. The ending seemed weak and rushed and predictable and had a twist that I didn't see coming but that still disappointed me as it has been used soooo many times before. Overall, worth the read if your laying about. Didn't hate it, didn't love it. ( )
  elektherelic | Aug 6, 2011 |
hmmmm. why would i give a coveted 4.5 starts to a horror/suspense novel that's based on a frequently-used premise, and written with average literary skill? because, the premise that starts out hackneyed, spins out of control into something pretty horrific. the parable is all the more frightening because it is meaningful for the era we're in, one where nothing is sacred, and everything is available for our viewing pleasure. could Brown's make-believe reality show ever actually happen? there's a good chance it could. it's nothing but prescient that this book was written before modern-day reality shows really got out of hand.

in this novel, a reality show that promises a million dollars + your biggest wish, brings a motley group of people together on an island. boring? played? think again. we have the typical fast relationships formed -- for better or for worse -- but we also have espionage, double-agents, apocalypse, and artificial intelligence as God.

to say any more would be to introduce spoilers. check this one out, if you're into modern-day Lord of the Flies tales, or dystopic fiction. i read this one twice. ( )
  mel-L-co0l-j | May 9, 2010 |
jumped around from one chracter to another a bit too much. the island storyline was the best part of the book. Writing style wasn't brillant. ( )
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The only way to really live is to sometimes be on the edge of living and dying, or danger and nondanger.

Producer of Survivor,
talking about reality television
on NBC's Today Show
To Franklin and JoAnn Brown (Mom and Dad)
Who gave me life, love, and laughter

And to Kathryn who makes that life worth living 24/7
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The helicopter dropped from the sky, falling like a graceless bird toward the abiding sea.
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The setting is a reality-based TV show on a remote desert island. Viewers from all round the world have complete access - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - as twelve very different contestants confront their greatest fears, in expectation of a winning payoff of two million dollars. But then someone very sinister steals the show, when a mysterious voice called CONTROL explains that each participant is harbouring a lethal virus, fatal within twenty-four hours without a daily vaccine. Each day one of the contestants will not receive this vaccine . and it's up to the viewing public to decide which one of them to 'evict'. What will the doomed players do in their desperation to win viewer support? Which of them will win through to become the sole survivor? And who is the secret mastermind calling himself CONTROL?

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"Vassa Island has been rigged with remote control cameras, a surveillance satellite system, and the most powerful television transmitter ever created. And that's not all. For a small fee, anyone with a computer can access any of the 638 cameras live, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week - and vote as twelve carefully chosen contestants struggle with each other and the island. But only fifteen minutes into the first live broadcast, the show's host and crew die a ghastly death. The shell-shocked contestants hear a voice echoing from hidden speakers: "I am Control, and this has just become the ultimate reality show." "Suddenly the voice is hurtling the contestants through a maze of traps and macabre, individually designed puzzles. And when the worldwide audience votes one person off the island, it isn't just a loss...it's death." "With every day unveiling a new terror, and as one man from the outside races to crack the Vassa mystery, the only real way to win 24/7 is to find Control. And stop him. But Control has plans beyond the desert island, spinning a dark plot that could hold the entire world hostage in a grip of death."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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