Futures With Hitler In Charge Are Incredibly Terrifying

I’m not actually afraid of spiders.

Recently, I read a book called The Only Thing To Fear. And I’m telling you, you haven’t been scared until you read it. It’s not the book. The book is great. In fact, it’s so great that I would totally recommend it to anyone.

WHY HELLO THERE, EVERYONE! HAVE I TOLD YOU ABOUT THIS BOOK…?

Sorry. My bad. I totally forgot I was writing a post to put on the internet where everyone can read it. I am so, so sorry. Please, ignore that last bit.

So, this book is about what the future might have been like if Hitler won WWII. Apparently, the Nazis had been working on a secret project in their Torture Chamber “Laboratories”. That secret project was people with superpowers. (I know, it’s like someone took all the awesome ever, poured it into a funnel, and made this book.) The Allies had been trying to create the Atomic bomb, but the Germans succeeded first. So they took their army of mutants and conquered the world.

*Time Skip*

3 generations later, Hitler still rules the entire world. But not Adolf. His Grandson, Dieter Hitler, has inherited the throne. After much experimentation, the Nazis discovered how to give someone superpowers, and still expect them to live to 80. Also, these new super powered people, (aka Anomalies), can pass the superpower gene onto their kids.

Aryans are like the 1%. Except with more. So, the 30%. And everyone else is poor and barely scrapes through life. Did I mention the fact that only the 1% get to have superpowers? Yeah, well, if you aren’t the 1%, and you have superpowers, the 1% kill you! (Also, the Japanese get to be Aryan.)

I feel like that’s a metaphor for something.

Zara, the 16 year old lovechild of a Japanese soldier and a farmgirl, is a dual anomaly. That means she has 2 powers. And one night, she uses her powers to defile the portrait of Hitler in retaliation for the Nazis killing an old friend. And then everything just begins to fall apart. I won’t spoil it for you. (heheheheh) She makes…

But seriously. Just imagine, for a second, what your life would be like if Hitler was in charge. Then go around and kiss everything. Just: “OMG I HAVE IT! I HAVE POSSESIONS! I LOVE ALL YOU GUYS SO MUCH! I WOULD SO MISS YOU GUYS IF YOU WERE NEVER BORN!

Appreciate life, because what if someone went back in time and helped Hitler win. Life as you knew it never would have existed. 

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The Circle

*Warning this book is not suitable for children, unless they are at least 13, maybe 15, or is they are really, really mature.

I do belive that this is one of the most thought- provoking novels that I have ever read. I simply couldn’t put it down. It was such a profound piece of writing that echoed the strange future that we may someday live in. Everyone is safe. Thanks to new technology quickly being invented, there is no crime, and it is incredibly easy to track people. Everyone knows everything about everyone. It’s safe. And at the hub of this computer- controlled world is the Circle.

Almost everyone loves the Circle.With a TruYou account, created by computer genius Ty, is so convenient. You can do everything on one account. And best of all, you know everyone’s exact name and location. No memorizing complex passwords or leaving around pieces of paper that could be seen by anyone. No creepy, lewd comments. Safety and security.

This book led me to an important question: what is more important, freedom or security? This question obviously drives many of the characters  in this complex story. Take Francis. His sisters were kidnapped and raped. This drives Francis’s life and decisions. It also causes him to create a chip/program called ChildTrack, in which a chip is implanted in a child’s ankle to allow police and parents to track the child at all times. What an invasion of privacy!

In fact, many things dreamed up by the author, Dave Eggers, are, in my mind, a complete invasion of privacy! Sure, they would keep more people safe, but at what price? Again and again, the book brings up this moral question, as well as many others. Perhaps this is what makes it such an interesting tale.

One of the things I loved to do as I read this book was thinking about the impact of the main character, Mae’s decisions, and how they affected the company and the world. The ending of the book could have been so different! If only she was more like Marcel…

Another thing I loved to do was compare the Circle to google. Oddly similar. And I hope I wasn’t the only one who noticed the little google comparison. I mean, Google Circles, the book title is the Circle. Just something to think about!

Tell me what you think about privacy v. safety! You can comment or take my poll.

 

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