Zed

Zed

Self-anointed guru of the Digital Age, Guy Matthias, CEO of Beetle, has become one of the world's most powerful and influential figures. Untaxed and ungoverned, his trans-Atlantic company essentially operates beyond the control of Governments or the law.

But trouble is never far away, and for Guy a perfect storm is brewing: his wife wants to leave him, fed up with his serial infidelities; malfunctioning Beetle software has led to some unfortunate deaths which are proving hard to cover up; his longed for deal with China is proving troublingly elusive and, among other things, the mystery hacker, Gogol, is on his trail.

With the clock ticking- Guy, his aide Douglas Varley, Britain's flailing female PM, conflicted national security agent Eloise Jayne, depressed journalist David Strachey, and Gogol, whoever that may be - the question is becoming ever more pressing, how do you live in reality when nobody knows anything, and all knowledge, all certainty, is partly or entirely fake?

Title:Zed
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780571245154
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    Zed Reviews

  • Hugh

    Joanna Kavenna is becoming one of my favourite writers - her four previous novels (Inglorious, The Birth of Love, Come to the Edge and A Field Guide to Reality) are all intelligent and interesting in ...

  • Blair

    (3.5, maybe?) It's difficult to rate this. It reminded me most of my experience with Joshua Cohen's Book of Numbers: a book I hated at first, and continued to find frustrating throughout, but ended up...

  • Adam

    Joanna Kavenna’s Zed is a pitch-dark comedy about an Orwellian future where Big Brother is not only watching but controls every aspect of society. Imagine if Google merged with the NSA, CIA, Amazon,...

  • CJ

    Dammit! Tricked by cover porn. Look at that cover, it is gorgeous! It has a very intriguing premise, but was let down by the execution. It reads like an early draft. A few more rounds of revising and ...

  • Paul

    I’m sat here writing this review on my notebook PC while my smartphone randomly provides new music based on previous choices I’ve made. Meanwhile, my smartwatch feeds me a constant stream of vario...

  • Alan Shaw

    I enjoyed some of this book and some of it I found a slog. The story begins well as a black and bleak comedy then loses its way, suddenly ups a gear and is almost exciting before simply fading away. T...

  • Mary

    It started well, a great concept and very witty. I want to know what the ending is, but I just don't want to read it any more. It seems to be going nowhere slowly....

  • deep

    PW Starred: " In this tangled, riveting parable of the modern surveillance state, Kavenna leads readers through an eerie near-future England dominated by the Beetle corporation, whose increasingly inv...

  • Ann-Marie

    This seemed like a straight forward indictment of current social media and smart home culture. But double speak is too tricky to be doomed. And governments and corporations/people are too eager for po...

  • Barry

    Superb.If you hated 'The Circle' for its twee shallowness and plotting, this is the book for you.I'd call it the fictional extension (or reductio ad absurdum) of Zuboff's 'Surveillance Capitalism'.Gla...