5 Stars: I See the Future
A future not far from one we can fathom, "When the Eye Sees Itself" by Eric Borgerson is told in futuristic possibilities, powerful technologies, imaginative and sophisticated storytelling, characters with interesting back stories and psychology sometimes shifting from one genre into another keeping the reader committed to know if there will be cataclysmic ending. Admire the fantastic cover and turn the page.
A future based on classification, not dissimilar than what we endure every day, the designation in "When the Eye Sees Itself" are "Aggressives", "Vulnerables" and "Citizens" of course by design in naming those who are "Citizens" benefit the most and sit on a top of an of a futuristic pyramid. Some of the characters in "When the Eye Sees Itself" take time to peg down their perception and quirks. The main character Leo; a "Citizen" takes on the case of Anna who wants to change her station in life; this brings me to a particular passage I like and why I find Eric Borgerson's writing not your run of the mill.
"These were the loci of Anna’s reluctance. She knew of few people like herself. A Vulnerable by birth, perceptive and sensitive bordering on psychic, and bereft of filters to protect herself from experiencing others’ suffering and dysfunction. Also, an incendiary temper and sometimes violent if she felt threatened. Occasionally overtly cruel if we’re being honest with ourselves, she thought. None of that should be a surprise given what she’d been through, but the law didn’t grapple well with contradictions."
That paragraph made me fear for Anna because there is this simmering of violence, terrorism waiting to boil over in this polarized society, innocent people get caught up much like our reality.
It is a packed novel "When the Eye Sees Itself" some heavy themes but never too graphic when it comes to the violence take your time to understand the vast assortment of people in and out of this story, have a little fun with it see what classification you fall under "Aggressives", "Vulnerables" or "Citizens".