Title: Freedom Incorporated
Author: Peter Tylee
Publication Date: November 2009
Format: E-book - EPUB
Genre: Fantasy/Sci-fiSource: Free E-Book from Kobo
Corporations control the world, portal technology allows instantaneous travel, and the ultimate in branded living has arrived: microchip implants for all. But the new era, while peaceful on the surface, comes with a staggering price – individual freedom – and not everyone is willing to pay. (Goodreads Synopsis)
This book could have used some more editing, but on the whole was an enjoyable read. The first few chapters, I found myself wondering if I would be able to get into the piece, but eventually the story line evened out and I was able to enjoy it.
Tylee's vision of the year 2066 is pretty dark and dystopian and I thought his world-building worked well as it all felt very believable. There was a definite 'big brother is watching you' sentiment with the idea of Echelon and UniForce monitoring every move a person made.
I liked the characters of Dan and Jen and the growing relationship between them was well portrayed for the most part. The secondary characters such as the Raven and Estaban were also fairly well-developed with their motives explained.
By the half-way mark, I was engrossed in the story and keen to see what would happen next and if they would be able to escape. By this stage, I was also caught up enough to be able to ignore some of the editing issues.
This book shows real promise and I think a little bit of tightening with the help of a professional editor would just add that final shine that was sadly missing. I would be happy to read more from this author in the future.