Eastern Standard Tribe by Cory Doctorow

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Art is a member of the Eastern Standard Tribe, a secret society bound together by a sleep schedule. Around the world, those who wake and sleep on East Coast time find common cause with one another, cooperating, conspiring, to help each other out, coordinated by a global network of Wi-Fi, instant messaging, ubiquitous computing, and a shared love of Manhattan-style bagels.
Or perhaps not. Art is, after all, in the nuthouse. He was put there by a conspiracy of his friends and loved ones, fellow travelers from EST hidden in the bowels of Greenwich Mean Time, spies masquerading as management consultants who strive to mire Europe in oatmeal-thick bureaucracy.
Eastern Standard Tribe is a story of madness and betrayal, of society after the End of Geography, of the intangible factors that define us as a species, as a tribe, as individuals. Scathing, bitter, and funny, EST examines the immutable truths of time, of sunrise and sunset of societies smashed and rebuilt in the storm of instant, ubiquitous communication.

About Cory Doctorow

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CORY DOCTOROW is a coeditor of Boing Boing and a columnist for multiple publications including the Guardian, Locus, and Publishers Weekly. He was named one of the Web's twenty-five influencers by Forbes magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. His award-winning novel Little Brother was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.
Published March 1, 2004 by Tor Books. 224 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In any case, the year is 2012, and Art is undercover for his Tribe in London, starting up a romance with high-maintenance West Coaster Linda (whom he met by hitting her with his car) and working on a deal involving car radios and music downloading that sounds like a cross between iTunes, Napster,...

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A born-to-argue misfit like all kids who live online, Art has found peers in cyber space who share his unpopular views—specifically his preference for living on Eastern Standard Time no matter where he happens to live and work.

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Online communities of like-minded people can be formed between people who aren't even on the same continent and may in fact never even meet.

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All this and more, with ideas and philosophy that is pulled directly from the top non-fiction works dealing with permission marketing and Web 2.0 Entrepreneurial tactics, Art Berry is a GUI and Idea designer working for a German Multinat.

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Eastern Standard Tribe does share some concerns, especially with the cyberpunk crowd, but Doctorow's vision is definitely the result of someone who has grown up in a world that is increasingly wired together, rather than that of a writer trying to envision what such a world would be like.

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Nothing about Cory Doctorow’s second novel, Eastern Standard Tribe, is as misleading as the end of the first chapter when Art Berry, the protagonist, says, ‘The theme of this story is: “Would you rather be smart or happy?”’ That may be a perennially intriguing question, but any claim the book can...

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Art’s tribe is in Eastern Standard Time (hence, the title of the book.) The novel alternates between the recent past told in third person and current events written in the first person from Art’s perspective.

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Jarno Rantaharju 13 Feb 2014

Rated the book as 3.5 out of 5