The Doubt Factory

The Doubt Factory

A Novel

Book - 2014
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In this page-turning contemporary thriller, National Book Award Finalist, Printz Award winner, and New York Times bestselling author Paolo Bacigalupi explores the timely issue of how public information is distorted for monetary gain, and how those who exploit it must be stopped.
Everything Alix knows about her life is a lie. At least that's what a mysterious young man who's stalking her keeps saying. But then she begins investigating the disturbing claims he makes against her father. Could her dad really be at the helm of a firm that distorts the truth and covers up wrongdoing by hugely profitable corporations that have allowed innocent victims to die? Is it possible that her father is the bad guy, and that the undeniably alluring criminal who calls himself Moses--and his radical band of teen activists--is right? Alix has to make a choice, and time is running out, but can she truly risk everything and blow the whistle on the man who loves her and raised her?
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
ISBN: 9780316220750
9780316220767
Characteristics: 484 pages ;,22 cm

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JCLChrisK Sep 23, 2015

This is an exciting, high-tech mystery-thriller in which orphaned activists go after the corporations that have contributed to the deaths of their families.

This is a character development story that puts us inside the head of a teen girl having her worldview completely subverted by a series of eye-opening epiphanies.

This is a book with an agenda that takes on some very serious, thought-worthy issues.

The first two, unfortunately, suffer some because of the last. The writing is preachy and repetitive at times as Bacigalupi works over and over to make his point in the hopes it sinks in. And, while Alix's growth is interesting, her actions and reactions didn't always feel realistic to me, but instead molded by the needs of the plot. And I write this as someone on board with the issues and rooting for her changes.

Nevertheless, it was an engaging, gripping read. 3.5 stars.

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StarGladiator
Jan 27, 2015

This book may not appeal to everyone, as its fiction is quite reality-based. It is a through-the-looking-glass, or down-the-rabbit-hole fiction, written from today's headlines, assuming American newspaper actually had any content in their headlines? But if you understood that the same people work for all Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns, then you may just enjoy this!

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JCLChrisK Sep 23, 2015

If you wanted to look at evil, it was just a bunch of suits and ties, a bunch of cubicles and computers, the quiet whirring of commerce. Evil wasn't anything. It was just business as usual.

JCLChrisK Sep 23, 2015

I thought everybody was moneygrubbing. Rich people just do it better.

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