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Monday, October 8, 2012

week 1 read along: Kingdom by Anderson O'Donnell

In a secret laboratory hidden under the desert, a covert bioengineering project - codename “Exodus” - has discovered the gene responsible for the human soul.
Somewhere in the neon sprawl outside the nation’s collapsing economic core, a group of renegade monks are on the verge of uncovering a secret that has eluded mankind for centuries.
In a glittering tower high above the urban decay, an ascendant U.S. Senator is found dead - an apparent, yet inexplicable, suicide.
And in the streets below, a young man races through an ultra modern metropolis on the verge of a violent revolution….closing in on the terrible truth behind Exodus - and one man’s dark vision for the future of mankind.
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KINGDOM is set in the very near future. Does the world O’Donnell describes seem plausible?

although i would not want to envision a world where people's use or misuse of science and technology has led humanity to a bleak future, anything is possible. anything is within reach and  O'Donnell's world is set only three years from now.
one simply has to turn on the television and radio or read the papers. most of the information available paints more often than not a dismal picture of what the world is coming to.

Is Campbell a sympathetic character? Why (or why not)?

he is sympathetic to a certain degree. Jonathan has a conscience which led to his breakaway with Morrison. his involvement with The Order appears to be his way of atoning for his mistakes.  however, it does not excuse nor exempt him from his culpability in the Exodus experiments. 

The sex scene was pretty intense. Did it work for you?

it was intense and i guess inevitable. the awareness and behavior of the parties involved were affected, heightened and stoked by the consumption of large amounts of alcohol and drugs. 
that particular scene further emphasized Dylan's world and its excesses. 

Dystopian fiction is “hot” right now. Why?

people will always aim for something better in their lives. as long as these things are not met, there will always be room for discontent or for an escape. moreover, writers, poets, artists, etc. will also always find the means to express how they view the world. somehow, this bridges the gap between what is real and what could happen and hopefully, those of us who have the opportunity to read or see these works will make informed and better choices that could impact the way we live and the way we want to shape our future.

“The Order” is described as a collection of renegade scientist-monks in search of the human soul. What are your thoughts on the possibility that, specifics aside, human beings have some sort of “soul”? Keep this question in mind, and, at the end of the read-along, see if your answer has changed.

i have always believed in the existence of the spirit world. just because something is not visible does not necessarily mean that it does not exist. after all, "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

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