My reading was a bit lax last month, mainly because a lot of my time was spent reading, then rereading, my learning-to-drive books, so the first half of the month I just managed to read an X-Men Comic.
However, once I’d aced my driving theory, I got to put those books back on the shelf, and turn my attention to more ‘frivolous’ reads. As I hadn’t got any new physical books recently, I delved once again into my Kindle freebies backlog. One book there that got my attention was Outernet, by D.P. Nicholls*.
This particular book was a novella, and its general premise is that media mogul, Roland Bouverie, is losing money due to having never joined the internet age, but instead of getting on board with the technology, he decides to take it down so he can be the top media dog again.
The story has, at its core, an intriguing idea, especially for someone like me, who’s the kind of person that lives their life online, and it was interesting to read the possible ramifications of the World Wide Web crashing; from hard-copy books being a thing again, to Iran sabre-rattling. The novella itself was well written, certainly on the adult side, and really only let down in places by formatting errors (which I think may have since been updated).
Overall, Outernet is a good read, and considering its length, of the holiday variety, so it’s certainly worth getting your hands on an updated copy.