In the near future, the U.S. (now “AutoAmerica”) is ruled by artificial intelligence and climate change has brought drastic changes. What hasn't changed is the existence of the haves and the have nots--and baseball.
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In the near future, the U.S. (now “AutoAmerica”) is ruled by artificial intelligence. Most jobs have been eliminated and there are two classes: the “Netted” (upper-class producers) and “Surplus” (lower-class, closely monitored consumers). Climate change has also brought drastic changes, and most of the Surplus live on water.
Grant and his family are Surplus, and his daughter Gwen has a talent for pitching. Though baseball isn’t allowed among the Surplus, the Netted discover her talent and recruit her for college and even Olympic teams.
While there were aspects of this that were intriguing–especially the too-smart homes of the Surplus–it was actually the language that failed me. Jen’s liberal sprinkling of made-up social media type words was distracting and eventually irritating–though I get that it’s a reflection of our current offhanded use of words like “tweeting” and “insta,” etc. I’m usually up for an interesting dystopian premise, but this didn’t capture my imagination.