352 pages

French language

Published June 8, 2016 by J'ai Lu.

ISBN:
978-2-290-07941-6
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3 stars (1 review)

Tandis que l'humanité s'apprête à entrer dans le troi- sième millénaire, la surpopulation est devenue telle que les ressources naturelles ne suffisent plus à couvrir ses besoins. La nourriture et l'eau sont rationnées, il n'y a plus de pétrole, plus guère d'animaux. Trente-cinq millions de New-Yorkais, pour la plupart sans emploi ni logement, se battent pour survivre. Andy Rush a un travail, lui. Tous les jours, avec les autres policiers de sa brigade, il part disperser les émeutes de la faim qui se produisent lors de chaque nouvelle distribution de nourriture de synthèse. Alors, qu'importe si un nabab aux activités louches s'est fait descendre? S'il parvenait à attraper le meurtrier, Andy le remercierait presque pour services rendus...

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3 stars

I enjoyed reading this book. It starts off almost as like a detective novel but the intrigue soon dissolves into the background and in the end it is more like a portrait of a possible dystopian future without much of a story. Despite being published in 1966, it successfully predicts the problems we have now of running out of resources. However it blames this squarely on over-population rather than over-consumption and reads like a manifesto for increased access to birth control as the solution. I think this is what dates the book a little because I get the impression that we now have quite good access to birth control and education about that, at least where I live, yet we are still heading towards the catastrophic future predicted in the book. In a way the dystopia in the story seems almost reassuring viewed from a modern perspective where we are …