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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Detroit Lakes Public Library VAR (Text) 33500013593991 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library VAR (Text) 33500013594007 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780393541755
  • ISBN: 0393541754
  • Physical Description: 374 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2022]

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"Will you, dear Shareholder, set Athena free? Athena Rao must reckon with the memory of her father, King Rao--literally. Through biotechnological innovation, he has given her his memories. His Dalit childhood on an Indian coconut plantation in the 1950s is as alive to her as her own existence in a prison cell, accused of her father's murder. Egocentric, brilliant, a little damaged, King Rao had a visionary idea: the personal computer known as the Coconut. His wife, Margie, was an artist with a marketing genius. Together they created a new world order, led by a corporate-run government. Athena's future is now in the hands of its Shareholders--unless she can rejoin the Exes, a resistance group sustaining tech-free lifestyles on low-lying islands. Lyrical, satirical, and profound, The Immortal King Rao obliterates genre to confront the digital age. This gripping, brilliant debut poses an urgent question: can anyone--peasant laborers, convention-destroying entrepreneurs, radical anarchists, social-media followers--ever get free?"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 March #1
    *Starred Review* Isolated on an island off the coast of Washington State, Athena Rao, 17, has never known an identity other than the one granted her by her famous father, King Rao. A tech billionaire who managed to overcome the challenges of being born into the lowest caste tier in India, King Rao continues to develop increasingly complex creations with loads of accompanying controversy. "Clarinet," for example, which allows the user to imbibe another life, asks what sacrifices are expected when it comes to love. Athena breaks free from her father's smothering hold but must come to terms with the feudalistic society that he has largely helped shape. The most unsurprising, and perhaps the most devastating, aspect of Rao's technology-heavy brand of capitalism is that it is old wine in a new bottle. The very caste system he escaped in India is one he perpetuates in his adopted land. But everyday citizens, consumed by the threats of climate change, might not stand for the status quo. Alternating between Rao's childhood in a small Indian village, his early student days in the U.S., and the dystopian society in which Athena has to function, Vara's original debut delivers challenging and weighty themes with a sure hand. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Involuntary memory > Fiction.
Biotechnology > Fiction.
Dalits > India > Fiction.
Fathers and daughters > Fiction.
Climatic changes > Fiction.
Technology and civilization > Fiction.
India > Fiction.
Genre: Dystopian fiction.
Science fiction.
Fictional Work
Dystopian fiction.
Science fiction.
Novels.

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