The Doubt Factory

The Doubt Factory

Book - 2014
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"When a radical band of teen activists [claims] that Alix's powerful father covers up wrongdoing by corporations that knowingly allow innocent victims to die in order to make enormous profits from unsafe products, she must decide if she will blow the whistle on his misdeeds"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, c2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316220750
Branch Call Number: BAC
Characteristics: 484 p. ; 22 cm.

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JCLChrisK Sep 23, 2015

This is an exciting, high-tech mystery-thriller in which orphaned activists go after the corporations that have contributed to the deaths of their families.

This is a character development story that puts us inside the head of a teen girl having her worldview completely subverted by a series of eye-opening epiphanies.

This is a book with an agenda that takes on some very serious, thought-worthy issues.

The first two, unfortunately, suffer some because of the last. The writing is preachy and repetitive at times as Bacigalupi works over and over to make his point in the hopes it sinks in. And, while Alix's growth is interesting, her actions and reactions didn't always feel realistic to me, but instead molded by the needs of the plot. And I write this as someone on board with the issues and rooting for her changes.

Nevertheless, it was an engaging, gripping read. 3.5 stars.

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StarGladiator
Jan 27, 2015

This book may not appeal to everyone, as its fiction is quite reality-based. It is a through-the-looking-glass, or down-the-rabbit-hole fiction, written from today's headlines, assuming American newspaper actually had any content in their headlines? But if you understood that the same people work for all Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns, then you may just enjoy this!

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JCLChrisK Sep 23, 2015

If you wanted to look at evil, it was just a bunch of suits and ties, a bunch of cubicles and computers, the quiet whirring of commerce. Evil wasn't anything. It was just business as usual.

JCLChrisK Sep 23, 2015

I thought everybody was moneygrubbing. Rich people just do it better.

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