A Planet for Rent

A Planet for Rent

Book - 2014
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A Planet for Rent critiques life under Castro by conjuring a possible Earth of the not-so-distant future. Wracked by economic and environmental problems, the desperate planet is rescued, for better or worse, by alien colonizers, who remake it as a tourist destination. Ruled over by brutal interstellar bureaucracy, dispossessed humans seek better lives through the few routes available - working for the colonial police; eking out a living as black marketeers, drug dealers, or artists; prostituting themselves to extraterrestrial visitors - or face the cold void of space in rickety illegal ships.
Publisher: Brooklyn, New York : Restless Books, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781632060365
Branch Call Number: SCIFI YOSS
Characteristics: 277 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Frye, David L. - Translator


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Sep 27, 2017

This is a solid, literary sci-fi story, a series of vignettes tied together around a central character. The allegorical elements are interesting, highlighting the author's feelings about his native Cuba as it relates to the rest of the world.

Nov 22, 2016

This is a super crazy sci fi book! Each chapter is from a different character's perspective, and putting together the linear plot is a fun challenge. A large portion of this book is spent describing the dystopian reality that Yoss has created, which is eerily similar to the situation now as the US becomes increasingly powerful, and more and more countries are suffering. Yoss' future has humans at the bottom of a class system of intergalactic beings, and humans' only chance of moving up the class system is to be incredibly talented in sports or art, with main profession available being prostitution or illegal activity. The different lenses through which the story is presented provides an eclectic picture of the suffering of the have-nots, but also the beauty and universal power of art and hope.


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