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The Municipalists

A Novel
Auteur(s): Seth Fried
Narrateur(s): Robert Petkoff
Durée: 7 h

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A novel about an unlikely pair of lonely outsiders - one human, one AI - on an adventure to save the great American city of Metropolis written by "one of the most exciting new voices in fiction" (Charles Yu).

Named Library Journal's "Debut of the Month" and one of NYLON's "50 Books You'll Want to Read in 2019"

In Metropolis, the gleaming city of tomorrow, the dream of the great American city has been achieved. But all that is about to change, unless a neurotic, rule-following bureaucrat and an irreverent, freewheeling artificial intelligence can save the city from a mysterious terrorist plot that threatens its very existence. 

Henry Thompson has dedicated his life to improving America's infrastructure as a proud employee of the United States Municipal Survey. So when the agency comes under attack, he dutifully accepts his unexpected mission to visit Metropolis looking for answers. But his plans to investigate quietly, quickly, and carefully are interrupted by his new partner: a day-drinking know-it-all named Owen, who also turns out to be the projected embodiment of the agency's supercomputer. 

Soon, Henry and Owen are fighting to save not only their own lives and those of the city's millions of inhabitants, but also the soul of Metropolis. The Municipalists is a thrilling, funny, and touching adventure story, a tour de force of imagination that trenchantly explores our relationships to the cities around us and the technologies guiding us into the future.

©2019 Seth Fried (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Ce que les critiques disent

"Even if you’ve never spent one day in a city, but are just someone who wants to laugh and marvel at Fried’s imagination and wit, this book is also for you. Really, it’s for everyone." (Nylon)

"A novel full of people who care deeply about the details, written by someone who understands that the details are what matter. Smart, engaging, poignant and funny (not just book funny - actually funny). Fried is one of the most exciting new voices in fiction, and his debut novel showcases his many talents." (Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe


"The longer you bask in the glow of Seth Fried's wondrous novel, big concepts like Technology and Work and Friendship begin to take on a curious shape, turn into something so unique that you wonder how one writer has so much imagination, so much insight, so much fun with the world they've created. The Municipalists is the work of a hilarious and empathetic talent." (Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang)

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  • Will Simson
  • 2019-05-13

Timely for Do Gooders

This is the perfect tale for those who think there's always a right way to get things done and come to find out that half the time it's chaos, luck and risk that make life worth living.

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  • Ashley DeLaGarza
  • 2019-04-08

Loved it!

This book was very endearing and charming. I was able to jump right into this world. The two main characters are great and it feels like you get to know them easily. It is sadly a little short. On the one hand, I think the ending was strong for a stand alone and on the other I would really like to see what Owen and Henry could get up to next.