Performance: A Red Markets Novel (2018)

Creators

Caleb Stokes (writer).

Extent

Read in 2019.

Categorization

An adaptation of the TRPG Red Markets, a capitalist-dystopian zombie-apocalypse game.

Subject

A near-future supermarket pastry chef is doodling dicks on a cake when the apocalypse happens. Much later, “Takers” are tasked with confirming specific consequences of this apocalypse, venturing out from the remaining enclaves into the wasteland to spot the rich dead.

Commentary

On my bicycle commute, I read the audiobook version, recorded by the author. That was a mistake. Shifts in time, scene and focalizer are abrupt and signalled in ways that work pretty poorly in audio form, plus the MortPlayer Android app unsorted the chapters, and their numbers aren’t read. It was better when I repeated the scrambled chapters in order.

The allegory of capitalism is purposely over-extended to the point of seriously harming credibility. I would have preferred tweaking the premisses to support the theme rather than merely naming every part of the future world and every chapter after topics in economics.

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