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Monthly Meeting - "A Calculated Life" by Anne Charnock

"A Calculated Life" by Anne Charnock

Our monthly meeting to review the current book. As usual please bring one part of the book you really enjoyed or didn't for discussion.

Length - 208 pages

Nominated for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award and a finalist for the 2013 Kitschies Golden Tentacle (Debut Novel) Award

Late in the twenty-first century, big business is booming and state institutions are thriving thanks to advances in genetic engineering, which have produced a compliant population free of addictions. Violent crime is a rarity.

Hyper-intelligent Jayna is a star performer at top predictive agency Mayhew McCline, where she forecasts economic and social trends. A brilliant mathematical modeler, she far outshines her co-workers, often correcting their work on the quiet. Her latest coup: finding a link between northeasterly winds and violent crime.

When a string of events contradicts her forecasts, Jayna suspects she needs more data and better intuition. She needs direct interactions with the rest of society. Bravely—and naively—she sets out to disrupt her strict routine and stumbles unwittingly into a world where her IQ is increasingly irrelevant…a place where human relationships and the complexity of life are difficult for her to decode. And as she experiments with taking risks, she crosses the line into corporate intrigue and disloyalty.

Can Jayna confront the question of what it means to live a “normal” life? Or has the possibility of a “normal” life already been eclipsed for everyone?

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  • Roy A.

    I hope you had a few people show up. I was in the air returning from vacation and couldn't make the meeting. I did read the book and enjoyed the interesting flavor of the story. Yet another current book with main characters that have superior ability to read situations!
    Hope to see people at 14.

    March 27, 2014

  • Melanie C.

    Over in the corner by the plants. :)

    March 26, 2014

  • Tammy

    Sorry we aren't able to make it tonight. Thanks to whoever suggested this book--definitely a good, thought-provoking selection!

    March 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was suppose to be my first meetup with the group, but unfortunately I need to cancel. The book was really good though.

    March 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could make it - I really enjoyed this book.

    March 25, 2014

  • Melanie C.

    For anyone who considers book lengths before reading...I read this book in a three to four hour period of not being able to sleep! Of course, since it was that interesting, maybe I should have chosen another book to help me sleep.... ;)

    March 6, 2014

    • Diane

      Do you have it in paperback? The library doesn't have it and BN doesn't have it for the Nook :(

      March 11, 2014

  • Roy A.

    I haven't read the book yet but will read it by the meeting. I hope to make the meeting, but I am traveling. I may be back on Wednesday, but may not have the wherewithal to attend.

    March 8, 2014

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