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The Doubt Factory

by Paolo Bacigalupi

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The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2014
    496 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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Everything Alix knows about her life is a lie. At least that's what a mysterious young man who's stalking her keeps saying. But then she begins investigating the disturbing claims he makes against her father. Could her dad really be at the helm of a firm that distorts the truth and covers up wrongdoing by hugely profitable corporations that have allowed innocent victims to die? Is it possible that her father is the bad guy, and that the undeniably alluring criminal who calls himself Moses - and his radical band of teen activists--is right?

Alix has to make a choice, and time is running out, but can she truly risk everything and blow the whistle on the man who loves her and raised her?

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"Starred Review. [A] provocative thriller.... Fans of Cory Doctorow's work should love this book." - Publishers Weekly

"A suspenseful, page-turning yarn.... Bound to provoke thought. 15 and up." - Kirkus

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Madi

Good, but not Great
While this book is certainly a great page-turner, it definitely lacks depth when it comes to characters and plot. Yes, the characters are developed greatly but the main issue is that the book mainly focuses on two characters. While that's not a huge issue, it does impact the ending, I would say, negatively to an extent where it feels uncomfortable slightly. Additionally, the ending was a bit rushed with minor elaboration. The author just presented the ending and then it was over. Also, sometimes the dialogue is a bit unrealistic but at the same time that's kind of the point. So all in all, this book could've been executed better, but unfortunately it wasn't.

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Paolo Bacigalupi

Paolo Bacigalupi is the New York Times bestselling author of the highly acclaimed The Drowned Cities and Ship Breaker, a Michael L. Printz Award winner and a National Book Award finalist. He is also the author of a novel for young readers, Zombie Baseball Beatdown, and the adult novels The Windup Girl and Pump Six and Other Stories. He is a Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, John W. Campbell Memorial, and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award winner. He lives in western Colorado with his wife and son.

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