When the Eye Sees Itself is a complex novel about a society that uses personality traits to classify individuals in society. You can be an aggressive, a vulnerable, or a citizen. A citizen is the only one with rights, for an aggressive or vulnerable to obtain these rights they have to undergo a psychologically damaging reclassification procedure.
The novel focuses around the challenges to this system. What happens when someone is so aggressive and so vulnerable that the two traits even themselves out? How would this impact an already polarized society?
The novel also looks at technology and its impact. Devices start appearing on the black market that not only allow you to connect with the internet but to each other's minds. What happens when these devices are used to commit a crimes?
This novel is extremely packed. It also contains violence, terrorism, and hacking. There is a wide assortment of characters that interact in very complex ways.
While I enjoyed reading When the Eye Sees Itself, I think it would have been better served sectioned out into multiple books. There is just so much going on and so many people involved in the action. This is not genre fiction, or rather it is not a book to pop open on the beach for some light reading. The story is complex and the topics may be disturbing to some. Part of the novel is an investigation into violent acts against others. The descriptions never get graphic but the tone is aptly set. In addition there is drug abuse and other pretty heavy themes.
I really enjoyed the writing. The story itself could have been aided by some restructuring, but the writing is spot on. The words flow well together, it is well proofread, and it is just overall well done.
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