Book Review: "Futura: A Novella"

"Futura: A Novella" by Jordan Phillips is a dystopian-type story that is said to "instead (imagine) a future that's actually better than the world we live in now." "Futura" is a quick read, set in Paris, that attempts to portray a more hopeful idea of a technology run world.

Above is what the book is being sold as, but honestly, this was not for me. 

The idea of a world run by technology, where we're all chipped and logged on at all times, is actually one of my biggest fears. I'm not even joking. I had a teacher in high school who loved to tell students about how technology is being developed to microchip all of us, and all anyone has to do to know anything about you is shake your hand. I've been terrified ever sense. 

Therefor, this book does not paint a pleasant photo to me. In "Futura," people are living as one with robots essentially, and so many things that make life wonderful (in my personal opinion), are made obsolete. Instead of fearing it, most of the people in this story seem to be happier for it. The majority seem to think they're better off without so much of what makes them human. On a personal level, that's just not something I can wrap my head around. However, I understand that this does appeal to some people. To each their own.

I honestly wasn't fond of the story in general either. The author is absolutely wonderful when describing this new world, and her words really take you there. However, the story line is completely rushed, and there isn't much of a plot at all. It's only a 90 page book, yes, but I've read fan fiction shorter and more complete.

I took notes throughout the entire read, and I was writing in all caps out of frustration by the end.

I never want to be anything less than honest with you. I wish I liked this book. I really do. If you're into technology and dystopian futures, you might as well check it out. Like I said, the descriptions are interesting, and you might find them inspiring. If neither of those things interest you, you'll probably want to skip this one.

If you want to check out the book for yourself, you can find it here.


  1. Sorry to hear it didn't tick the right boxes for you to make it a good read Amber! The Parisian setting is dreamy though, at the very least! ;)

  2. Lovely with Paris but so tired of dystopian futures, feels like every other perspective is about robots and artifical intelligence taking over. Hahah can't it be a new perspective? That perhaps we grow so tired of technology that we value humanity and nature instead, lol! Anyways, hope you're having a lovely week Amber! Xx

    1. Right?! I mistakenly thought that's what this book would touch on. It did, but barely.

  3. That's one of my fears as well! I am a very down-to-earth person and I love nature, so the fact that everything is run by artificial intelligence is kinda freaky!

    Naya //

  4. On the one hand, a Parisian setting sounds romantic, but the subject of this book is decidedly . . . not. What drew you to this book?

    1. When I read the description, I was under the assumption that the lead would be about living some kind of anti-dystopian lifestyle in a world that is overcome by technology. Maybe it was just a misunderstanding on my part? The story definitely wasn't that.


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