The Doubt Factory

The Doubt Factory

A Novel

Book - 2014
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From a New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist comes a page-turning thriller with a dark romantic twist that bestselling author Cory Doctorow declared will have you "nailed to your seat " .

Everything Alix knows about her life is a lie--at least according to the dangerous young man who's been stalking her. But could her dad really be a bad guy at the helm of an organization that covers up the deadly wrongdoings of some of the country's most rich and powerful? Alix has to make an impossible choice between her father and the mysterious young man she's not only falling for, but who's asking her to blow the whistle on the man who raised her. This Edgar Award and Locus Award nominee will make you wonder: could someone you have loved and have known for your whole life actually have the heart of a killer?
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
ISBN: 9780316220767
9780316220750
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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