In a world where losing one's job is practically akin to being sentenced to death, a civil servant with a unique form of synesthesia becomes a spy within the organization he works for to uncover the truth behind Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities. Otherwise known as TRAID.
The Final Arbiter is among the Top Ten Science Fiction & Fantasy Novels of 2011 in the Tor.com 2011 Readers' Choice Awards!
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Mark Rivera is an award winning author, screenwriter and playwright as well as the Writer/Webmaster of GENRE ONLINE.NET, a website that reviews genre films. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College where he earned a BA in Film and an MFA in Writing and studied under the late Obie Award winning Playwright Jack Gelber.
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Final Arbiter based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Set in a future where machines have replaced manual labour, the powers that be have created "A World To Care For" in which unemployment and poverty have apparently been eradicated by the "Department of Well Being" (or DWB for short). Nobody knows for sure, or doesn't want to know, exactly how this has been achieved other than that those "in need" are sent to a mysterious organisation known as TRAID for 'rehabilitation' as useful members of society. Marc Reiser, a man blessed (or cursed) with an unusual sensitivity is recruited by a group of dissidents to infiltrate the DWB and (later) TRAID in order to expose whatever goes on there and reveal the details to an unsuspecting world with devastating consequences. I've never been a heavy reader and was relieved this book was such an easy read. The author draws on his personal experiences to paint a very convincing picture of the workings and indeed attitudes within such organisations. His depiction of the various agencies in the story is chillingly realistic. The book will strike a chord with those who see what's happening in the world today and the direction in which we are all gradually moving. The catchphrases and acronyms used in the story will be all too familiar to anyone who has had dealings with similar departments in recent years.