Review of Walkaway

To the first days of a better nation – or not, I just finished reading Walkaway: A Novel by Cory Doctorow 📚.

Walkaway is the second book I read from this author, some years ago I strumbled upon Little brother which I liked. I’ve seen some parallels from that book to Walkaway, but you also notice that the author has grown in his writing style. At the start of the book, I was expecting something lighthearted and less dense to read – more like from what I remember Little brother to be – but I’ve got something entirely on the other side of the spectrum. And the funny thing is it reminded me of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Of course, this book has quite the opposite message to Atlas ;-)1.

I like the ideas transmitted in this book. I’m not sure if I could live up to the standard required to execute them. I somehow always feel the need for leader boards. But the argument that when there is plenty for everybody, you do not need to fight is compelling. And the author shows this problem quite well in his characters. These are not perfect (far from it), and also struggle with such issues every day.

My biggest problem is with the idea of not fighting back, the first time everything went oops, I could not understand why they do not fight, and I had a hard time to believe it. But it makes sense. The characters are walkaways. And walkaways don’t fight for something you can build again and make it better in the process.

I recommend reading the book, and I have the feeling that I now need to read Atlas Shrugged to check if I’ve remembered it correctly. But somehow I don’t want to reread it. And I think everybody has days when he or she wants to walk away – we are just missing the printers to print everything we need yet.

  1. If I remember the text correctly, and I understood it correctly; I’ve read this book when my English understanding was not yet good as it is nowadays. ↩︎


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