In the near future bees are extinct - until five unconnected individuals,
in different parts of the world, are stung. Immediately snatched up by
ominous figures in hazmat suits, interrogated searately in neutral Ikea-
like chambers, and then released as 15-minute-celebrities into a world
driven almost entirely by the internet, these five unforgettable people
endure a barrage of unusual and highly 21st-century circumstances. A
charismatic scientist with dubious motives eventually brings the quintet
together, and their shared experience unites them in a way they could never
have imagined. Generation A mirrors the structure of 1991's Generation X as
it champions the act of reading and storytelling as one of the few defences
we still have against the constant bombardment of the senses in a digital
world. Like much of Coupland's writing, it occupies the perplexing
hinterland between optimism about the future and everyday, apocalyptic
paranoia, and is his most ambitious and entertaining novel to date.

Douglas Coupland—Generation A

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