The Immortalsby Tracy Hickman
In the not-too-distant future the United States is ravaged by disease and stifled by martial law. With whole cities succumbing to a lethal virus known as V-CIDS, the panicked authorities take the drastic action of herding the infected into specially designed internment camps. Into one of these prisons stumbles Michael Barris, a wealthy interactive-television mogul… See more details below
In the not-too-distant future the United States is ravaged by disease and stifled by martial law. With whole cities succumbing to a lethal virus known as V-CIDS, the panicked authorities take the drastic action of herding the infected into specially designed internment camps. Into one of these prisons stumbles Michael Barris, a wealthy interactive-television mogul with a controversial past. He is searching for his sick son, spending his fortune and his future for answers. What he finds is a carefully-guarded nightmare - one that he helped create. As Barris struggles to survive in this shadowy world, he comes to understand that reaching his son is not his only battle. For the camps have a far more sinister agenda than the military is willing to admit - an agenda which threatens not only life, but the very spark of human spirit.
A praiseworthy attempt at consciousness-raising, but with same gross flawsin plotting, characterization, backdrop, and developmentas Hickman's previous offerings.
- Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd
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I read this book six years ago, and the ideas that Mr.Hickman adresses still haunt me today! He very skillfully addresses issues of racism, disease, war, the news and propaganda. Are we as humans so lacking thought that we cannot come up with ideas ourselves? Do we need our lives programmed by the media? This book would say, 'yes!' Today, with reality television and the dumbing down of Hollywood films and books, I would agree with Mr. Hickman. This is not a very happy book, but I still think about the ideas that are addressed. There is a section in the middle of the book where the main character speaks about how mankind must not forget the past; how he and his follwers must carry on their predecessor's legacies, as well as their own. As a humanitarian and a historian, this section gave me goosebumps. I am truly sorry that I am the only person that seems to have read this book, and got something out of it. Personally, this is one of the most important books that I have ever read in my entire life. More of you need to get off the couch and read this book. You will never think about life around you in the same way!!!
Thoughtful, insightful, and provacative. This book is seriously underappreciated and underrated. Great plot, theme and characters.