The Incontrovertibility of Rainbows: A 2048 Novel
Lemage Inc (2012)
Reviewed by Nicollette Violante for Reader Views (1/13)
In “The Incontrovertibility of Rainbows” by Anonymous, the plot takes place in the future, 2048. Healthcare has become a business and the old are living longer, albeit not healthier. The youth has grown frustrated since job opportunities are limited to just caring for the old, and an older doctor, Wolfe Wolfe (yes, that is his name), has a chance encounter with a former patient and joins the Young People Party. What originally were just ideas, vents, and rants, gets turned into policy, law, and a campaign platform. The plot revolves around all those in the Young People Party, their loved ones, the outcome of the elections, and America’s future. Quite honestly, I think the author proves his/her point in the novel. Of all the dystopian novels I have ever read (and I have read a lot, not just “1984”), this one is America’s most likely outcome. As a political science student, it was fascinating to read how the Young People Party managed to win the elections with such a controversial and borderline genocidal platform, and managed to actually execute all of their policy ideas.
The writing itself is simple, some grammatical mistakes and typos here and there but overall a quick read. This book is definitely for a mature audience, especially those that are fascinated with politics and future dystopias. The characters, while some I felt were one dimensional, were interesting and complex. You find yourself rooting for Dr. Wolfe, then you doubt him, then you think he’s creepy, and then you like him again. I definitely disliked a number of characters, but once you think about the environment that they’re living in, it all makes sense. The author also makes a point in tying all of the loose ends at the end of the book. My only issues are that the story, for being so interconnected, never gives a hint about the ultimate end (it foreshadows, but on details it does not...unless I missed it). Also, I can’t figure out for the life of me who the narrator is. The narrator is omniscient (going into characters’ thoughts, past, etc.) and yet refers to him or herself as “we” and mentions that he/she knows one of the characters.
All in all, this is a great book. I have a feeling I’ll be reading it multiple times in order to answer some unresolved questions in my mind. I definitely recommend “The Incontrovertibility of Rainbows: A 2048 Novel” by Anonymous and give it four stars.