Walkaway Review 

I did read Walkaway by Cory Doctorow (it was nominated to ).

I will post review, starting with minor setting spoilers in a thread.

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Walkaway: setting spoilers 

Overall this is an utopia, where Cory presents "better society", uncharacteristically this is an utopia in the making --- that is it shows people "walking away" from the "default" to create a better nation.

I need good, believable, hopefull, narratives that show that we can go out of present situation and build a better societies. However this time I did not got convinced that Cory's utopia is viable.

Walkaway: setting spoilers 

Main characters walk away from the default society, and live in places deserted by the the default, living in anarchistic communes build on the premises of gift economy.

They live in industrial wastelands, normal wastelands, they squat, take over abandoned scientific installations, and when challenged by the default, they walk-away to build new communities in new places knowing that even if they cant take everything they will be given things by other walkaways.

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Walkaway: setting spoilers 

This is techno-utopia build on a premise that "fabbers" exist --- think of them as a "3d printers" on steroids, that could print: clothes, tools, semiconductors, chips . . .

Walkaways build their shelters and create fabbers (violating patents on the way).

Without this magic that kills economies of scale, walkaways wouldn't exist, main reason you could non-violently walk away is that you could easily build new life in a new place.

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Walkaway: setting spoilers 

Main opponents of the protagonists are "the Zotttas" (people having more than zotta-dollar, or 0.01% percenters).

Who believe that they own world because they are genuinely better than the rest.

I really enjoy anti-capitalistic part of this book.

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Walkaway: setting spoilers 

The "default", or rather: Cory describes USA/Canada and calls it the "default", which is a weak point of the book.

He cites police militarization and violence, crushing university debt, medical debt. None of these things exist in Poland.

But people did walkaway in Poland in this book (there are mentions of Łódź and Kraków).

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Walkaway // vs The Disposessed by UKL 

Both books (Walkaway and The Dispossesed by Ursula K Le Guin) tell a story of anarchistic utopia. However for Doctorow this what enables the utopia is breakthrough in Technology, for UKL it's new philosophy. UKL version is much more believable to me.

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