Wednesday, 15 June 2016

BOOK REVIEW: The Digital Panopticon by Aditi Bhagat

"Data is not just the new oil, but also the new gunpowder." 
Kris is a regular Chinese citizen and a firm believer in Chinese supremacy. When Orion - an American Internet giant makes a Machiavellian entry into China, Kris augurs the event will go on to alter the country's socio-political landscape. 
He is proven right when Orion, armed with sophisticated technology, awakens a restrained society from its slumber, stirring a revolution powered by nothing but data. 
What is the larger purpose behind this tsunami of events? Will Kris be able to ride the waves or will he be tossed around helpless in the sea of change, falling prey to Information Age's omnipotent, omniscient Frankenstein?

The whole kind of environment that the author has set is really commendable.

There is nothing more important to us than the security of your data and keeping your information completely confidential.  In today’s world, privacy is more important than ever.  

The story is set in China . The main character of the book is Kris Zhang.Everything was connected and the story never deviated. There were twists & turns, it made my head spin !
The characters are moderately developed, enough so that the reader can connect to them.The side characters also get enough screen time.
The cover of the book made it down otherwise the story was interesting

I dislike- 

  • Technical words.
  • Some part of the story I felt was dull and boring .
  • Language could have been simple for the readers to connect and understand properly.

A fantastic debut, I had made up my mind halfway through that I'll be adding it in my 'Favourites' shelf. All the technology enthusiast should read this book. I will rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Aditi Bhagat
Born in New Delhi, an alumnus of IIT Roorkee and after having been an Architect, Investment Banker and Product Manager, Aditi is currently a student at the Indian School of Business.
Aditi has been writing since her school days and has co-authored multiple research publications. She has spoken at International Conferences and found appreciation for her socially relevant essays.

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