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Billy and the Cloneasaurus

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The ending wasn't surprising or satisfying, but happily-ever-afters and dystopian horror don't play well together.

Billy and the Cloneasaurus is a fascinating tale that brings to mind 1984 and The Matrix but manages to be wholly unique and absolutely worth the read. Any goods, services, or technology from DNR and LNR with the exception of qualifying informational materials, and agricultural commodities such as food for humans, seeds for food crops, or fertilizers. Dark, haunting, and blisteringly satirical, Billy and the Cloneasaurus is the story of one "man's" attempt to finally become an individual in a world of copies.I went into the book blind to every detail except that the title grabbed me and that I’m a fan of Stephen’s work. Clones, dinosaurs, and a corrupted "Williamerica" paint a frightening alternate reality where the idea of individuality and capitalism are distorted to the nth degree. Until, of course, William 790 starts discovering more about the world he lives in and questioning if there is such a thing as free will or if he's just part of someone else's master plan. For example, Etsy prohibits members from using their accounts while in certain geographic locations.

But when you stop and think about it, there are a lot of parallels to the story and what is really happening in the world around us. There is also a horror element which was more subtle than in Kozeniewski's zombie novels, but was just as disturbing. Hope you try some more of my other games sometime, I try to make weird stuff and I do a lot of genres but mostly horror. Six billion identical clones make up the entire population of Earth, and William 790-6 (57th Iteration) is exactly like everybody else.As usual with Kozeniewski, the book is peppered with humor, imaginative concepts, and plenty of inside jokes and cultural references. And then William 790-6 (57th iteration) questions the company where he works and the crass consumerism that it creates. Turning off the personalised advertising setting won’t stop you from seeing Etsy ads, but it may make the ads you see less relevant or more repetitive.

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