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The main character gets dropped in the outback and he has to get back to the city
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The review of this Book prepared by bill napierkoski

Warner, Mar 2001, 7.50, 420 pp.
ISBN: 0446609749

    In the twenty-first century, the world is perfect with everyone employed and no one going hungry, lacking shelter and advances in biology eradicate many killer diseases. United Corporations believe in a win-win philosophy that leaves no one outside the basic human needs. However, switching from Maslov to Plato, perfect also means boredom.

    Just ask the occupant of Quadrant 43 Level 31 Cubicle 17 Daniel Dyson who feels like everyday is “playing solitaire with a deck of fifty-one. His stunts gain him lectures, threats of firing (no chance that ever happening in this win-win world), and increasing ennui.

    However, when Daniel meets Raven his life changes. She persuades him to try Outback Adventures where he will have an opportunity to taste freedom during a survival trek across the bio-engineered destroyed continent. Daniel agrees to the journey. Unbeknownst to Daniel and his fellow bored trekkies is that Australia has become a “penal colony” again where the dangerous and the bored are left to survive or die because these two groups are most menacing to the perfect world.

    GETTING BACK is a terrific tale that centers on a futuristic Daniel Boone type seeking and receiving something new in his drab life. What is admired in early nineteenth century frontier America is criminal in the twenty-first century. Dropping individuals into elements outside their norm has been a staple of literature and movies for a long time. However, William Dietrich keeps the tale original by retaining an amusing undercurrent and parodies of vogue theories that enhances a taut thriller.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story    -   alternate history Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   dimension travel--general    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Desert    -   Mountains Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   near future (later in 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation    -   a fair amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog    -   little dialog

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