Eric Borgerson’s When the Eye Sees Itself evokes so many images in its pages. It’s both dystopian and has overtures of cyberpunk. The sci-fi aspect is light but it feels reminiscent of many films and stories to have come out in the past two decades (I’m feeling Hackers, Bladerunner, What Ever Happened to Monday, and so much more). It borrows themes from many and molds them each into fit a narrative that is unique unto itself, telling a story somewhere on the spectrum between Orwell and Heinlein in its approach to politics and human classism. It is disturbingly realistic and certainly cautionary.
It is a big book, with words crammed a little too tightly, which is my only complaint. It probably could’ve been shorter, and that’s usually a mark of poor writing or subpar editing… however, that’s not the case here. The prose is tight and it is well edited (though Borgerson does tend to gloss over some things and occasionally use a passive, summary paragraph. That may be a way he battled the length.)
If you’re looking for something that feels like a modern Philip K Dick, When the Eye Sees Itself might be the perfect book for you. I got a free copy in exchange for an honest review.