The book tells the story of Art, a member of the Eastern Standard Tribe, a Friendster-like society made up of people who share the same sleep schedule. Art works undercover for EST in England, performing various acts of corporate sabotage, but his life is changed when he falls in love with Linda, a woman who steps into the path of his car to earn some insurance money. Along with Fede, a paranoid EST co-conspirator, they get caught up in an intrigue involving music file-sharing, which eventually results in Art being committed to a sanitarium, where he narrates the book in flashbacks.
Eastern Standard Tribe is a hyper, caffeine jolt of a book, as biting and satirical as it is hopeful and utopian. Doctorow depicts a world that, like Schrödinger's cat, is caught in a moment of impossible simultaneity, torn between two possible futures. Will the profit motive continue to rule the world? Or will society embrace new technologies that serve the masses rather than the corporations? You'll have to open the book to find the answer. --Peter Darbyshire
...but not a whole lot. I wrote a poor review of this book already, just a day after the book came out - it was able to download and read it from his site - and strangely enough,... Read morePublished on April 30 2004
Cory achieves an unprecedented level of precision and accuracy in his technical references.
In past mainstream works of varying media, some attempts at techie appeal have... Read more
Closer to today than _Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom_. Doctorow's world is a convincing glimpse of what the world might well become. Read morePublished on March 22 2004
I really liked this novel. Though it may not be as masterfully written as some other modern day novels, it is still incredibly captivating and the book is hard to put down once you... Read morePublished on March 6 2004
After the success of "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" and "A Place so Foreign and Eight More" I expected better from this work. Read morePublished on March 2 2004