I am so conflicted by this book- I enjoy Mitchell’s writing very much but find a lot of things about this book very off-putting. Let me explain…
The premise of this book is interesting- a futuristic “America” that has spun wildly out of control. Famines and other environmental changes have led to food shortages, leaving food enough only for the elitist “walled-ins”. Lower class “SERFS” must eat FASTFED, a disgusting yet addicting synthetic food. But there are a group of rebels who fight the walled-ins and steal their food to share amongst themselves, dreaming of a future America where there is food enough for everyone.
Were I basing my review on premise alone, I probably would give this book 4 stars, because I did enjoy it. However, about midway through the book, Mitchel begins to interject left-wing political ideology. I found this annoying, but was still willing to overlook it and continue on with the book, until I reached about 3/4s of the way through, where a character begins a lengthy tirade against religion.
Honestly, I don’t care what Mitchells political or religious beliefs are, but I am extremely tired of being subjected to anti-religious hate speech that hides behind the title **insert whatever genre you choose here**. I am tired of being mocked and belittled, and entirely looked down upon because I do believe in God. I am not singling out this book alone- this is a rapidly growing trend that most of the books I have been reading lately have dabbled in, and I am simply sick of it.
The way Mitchel went about the whole process was thoroughly disgusting and offensive… depicting all religion as violent and barbaric, whilst displaying an atheistic viewpoint as dignified, intelligent and altogether peaceful- ironic considering that atheistic governments are responsible for murdering more human beings than all world religions combined.
My suggestion is that if Mr. Mitchell would like to write a book to share his viewpoints on these ideas, then please do so, but do it in the appropriate genre. In the case of 2076, I wish that there had been some form of warning or indication that this radical ideology lay inside, because then, to the author’s benefit, I would not have written this rant, and for my own benefit, I would not have wasted hours of my own precious time.
Rating: 2 stars
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review