Genre: Science Fiction
Synopsis: (From Goodreads)
When the Eye Sees Itself weaves a dazzlingly complex web of interconnection – institutional, psychological, political, cultural, economic, conscious, even subatomic – and shows how tugging on a thread within it can pull everyone down, or up.
The story takes place in a country that classifies people by temperamental balance, segregating Vulnerables and Aggressives from the ranks of Citizens who are deemed to possess a functional balance.
A legal challenge becomes the catalyst for a surge of unrest among the excluded classes, with Vulnerable and Aggressive activists squaring off against the conservative Citizen’s Action League over the rules for entry into the powered class.
Under the surface of this political conflict lurks a new technology – Quantum Field Resonance Imaging– which allows people to interpenetrate quantum neural fields and touch minds. The technology is in use for illicit and noble purposes, on small scales and large, officially and in the shadows.
Nothing is as it seems, and as the mind-linking technology peels back the veneer of ordinary perception, layer upon layer of deception and collusion are exposed, revealing abuses of power so profound they threaten to annihilate the country in civil war. Yet, an even more fundamental shift can be heard rumbling from beneath, as still deeper strata of illusion are blasted away and the struggle for control becomes more and more subtle.
Dealing with themes of quantum entanglement, mass surveillance, mass incarceration, political struggle, descent into darkness and addiction, state sponsored terror and torture, and spiritual awaking amidst the ashes of shattered conventions, When the Eye Sees Itself is epic, inspiring, disturbing and fun. It is a compelling tale about power, the kind that imprisons and the kind that sets us free, all of it borne of our interpenetrated minds.
When the Eye Sees Itself is a beautifully, complex novel. From start to finish we see how this dystopian type society has distinguished its residents by their qualities. They have the chance to be a Vulnerable, an Aggressive, or a regular Citizen. The only one with any rights is a full-fledge Citizen though. What if you aren’t a Citizen though? Oh well that’s all fine and dandy as long as you go through a procedure of sorts so that you can be modified into what is acceptable of a Citizen…no biggie.
What type of resident would I be? How would I handle this type of society? Would I go through this stuff to have rights? These are just a few questions that come to mind while reading Borgerson’s novel. Through the majority of the novel, the storyline felt so tangible. As if this is a society that we could live in some day. And quite frankly, it was a terrifying thought. When the Eye Sees Itself is by no means a horror novel. It’s simply a story that, if contemplated long enough, makes the reader feel a sort of scared that only comes from realistic perspectives of the future.
Borgerson’s characters also come to play when you speak of how realistic it could be. How I would adore getting to know Anna in real life! She’s kind of stubborn, kind of sassy, kind of just the perfect mix of Aggressive and Vulnerable, and would make the perfect best friend! These characters aren’t doing some impossible sort of mystical task that only the “chosen one” can deal with. No! They are characters that could be anyone and this is an aspect that I adored so much while reading Borgerson’s work! With both an amazing writing style, characters, and a brilliant storyline that hasn’t been overly done, Borgerson brings a new player into the Sci-fi race! This is an author we would all do well to keep an eye out for! Haha get it? Cause eye is in the title…jo? Okay sorry that was lame. Anyways, moving on.
I would and have already recommended this novel to so many Science Fiction lovers! Or anyone in general with a love of adventure and any reader looking for something that will grasp you from page to page. I promise this is one novel that you won’t put down easily.