Author: Jordan Phillips
Release Date: February 2, 2018
By the year 2050, Paris is a stark contrast from other large cities, which had long ago morphed into ultramodern metropolises, where every new building was practically a city within a city. Even in France, humans cannot escape the fact that the Invisibles have taken over. Some come in the form of microscopic chips that are embedded practically everywhere, while others are more visible because they power robots. Humans were suddenly underutilized, and they would be forever.
Past futurists had cried that this would be disorienting and depressing, but it turned out to be quite liberating. Human qualities—good and bad—are tolerated because they are authentic, and not artificially created. To err is to be human, and these days, to be human is to be beautiful.
Futura follows a single American woman named Ruby as she figures out how to thrive in a dramatically different cultural landscape. This utopian novella pushes back on the cynical views many hold today. Instead, author Jordan Phillips has imagined a bright future for the entire human race.
This book is so different from anything I would normally read, but every once in a while, I like to mix it up a bit.
I loved the idea of Futura. A Utopian society, in which AI take on the menial tasks in society, such as dish washing, sewing, and waitressing. Because of this, human emotions are something to be proud of because they can’t be artificially created. I did like the idea of a future society in which humans were stilled allowed to have human feelings. In so many novels based in the future, you see humans losing their ability to truly feel and “be human.” However, that being said, it felt almost too perfect, and I found more realness with the Basics and the Holdouts who still embraced things in the past.
The other thing that held me back from falling completely in love with this novella was our main character, Ruby. She fell super flat for me, and I just didn’t find her to be nearly as intriguing as I had hoped. I wasn’t able to relate to any of her friends either, and to be honest, I was a bit horrified by Blaire’s almost hate for Motherhood and it’s lack of awards aside from a few cuddles. She talks how it’s at most the most boring and most stressful job she’s ever had. I’ve always found being a mother to be an insanely rewarding job, and I’m not sure if it’s the society created, or just the character but it didn’t bode well with me.
As for writing, I thought it was a bit choppy and there were some parts that I felt didn’t fit. But the world building was extremely well done, and completely made up for the lows. While this book wasn’t exactly for me, at 90 pages, it’s definitely worth the read. For those that love futurist books, it might just be the perfect read!