Apr. 4, 2019

A review of Save the Bonsai

April 4, 2019

My favorite aspect of this rousing, apocalyptical thriller was the real possibility of what could happen when social media runs amok. The "Save the Bonsai" movement was a lark. An idea proposed by a stoned hacker that went viral. People are so easily manipulated and connected to "fake news" that their realities can be utterly distorted. The scenario described in the book is not far-fetched at all. The sardonic humor underlying this part of the story made me chortle and nod a lot. I wonder if the fictional comments quoted were taken from real comment sections?

As with other books I've read by this author, vengeance is an underlying theme. I want to empathize with these characters, but they are so damaged and deranged that they go past the line of what most of us could stomach no matter how hurt and angry we may be. This novel will cause you to reflect on what could be lurking in people's hearts. What causes seemingly normal people to commit heinous crimes of mass murder? They must have been terribly damaged by something. Happy people don't kill crowds of innocents out of the blue, do they?

Another enjoyable aspect is the science behind the ultimate plot line. From computer tech to biology and ecosystems, collective intelligence and the postulation that plants have a type of awareness that could evolve. The social commentary on the human capacity for destructiveness and evil runs throughout the story and has a global outlook with emphasis on Japanese and American cultures.

This is not your usual science-fiction thriller, but satisfies that genre and I highly recommend it. This book was a gift so I'm not a "verified purchaser". I'm reviewing it because I wanted to share with my fellow readers and science fiction fans that this is an engrossing tale and worth your time.