Title: Player Piano

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Category: Fiction

Page Count: 288

Rating: 4/5

This book might not be the most well-written of Vonnegut’s works, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable and you have to give him a little bit of leeway for that. And besides, the writing itself is still good enough, and what really steals the show here is the subject matter and the ideas that are contained within it.

That’s because it’s basically about a new industrial revolution in which machines take the place of people. Considering it was written in the early fifties, way before today’s modern age when people are losing jobs to AI and where technology rules us rather than the other way around. In some ways, he even predicted some of the ways that we’d respond to it.

That makes this a pretty cool piece of speculative science fiction, and the speculations that he made are arguably truer today than when he first wrote it. I think that’s the sign of a good writer, and it really is remarkable how well this has stood the test of time. Not many books are able to do that.

So all in all, this actually isn’t such a bad place to start if you’re new to Vonnegut, and I’m definitely glad that I picked it up. Sure, you’ll want to pick up Slaughterhouse Five when you get a chance, but I can’t really talk about that because I somehow still haven’t got to it, despite reading a half dozen or so of Vonnegut’s works. I’m waiting until I see it going cheap in a charity shop somewhere, but I’m looking forward to it. And this was great!

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