The Optimisers
Die Optimierer

die optimierer theresa hannig
Bastei Lübbe
September 2017 / 303pp
Fiction

review

This entertaining dystopian novel gets readers thinking about the perils of a world that privileges technological solutions over human autonomy – a world that is alarmingly close at hand. 

The year is 2052 in the Federal Republic of Europe. The ‘optimal wellbeing economy’ ensures that everyone has a job that offers them maximum satisfaction and provides the greatest benefit to society. Robots are replacing humans in many areas of life and technological surveillance is increasing. Samson Freitag is a life coach whose job is to analyse applicants and match them with their perfect job within this highly organised society. An officious man, Samson is obsessed with collecting enough ‘social points’ to secure a promotion. He is also famous among the life coaches for determining that Ercan Böser – now leader of the up-and-coming Optimiser Party – should become a politician. But Freitag is about to discover that his perfect society might not be so perfect after all. 

The Optimisers takes popular themes of dystopian fiction and weaves a story that is fresh and exciting, full of unexpected insights about the future ramifications of technological progress and state interference in individual lives. 

about the author

Theresa Hannig was born in Munich in 1984. After finishing university studies in political science, philosophy and economics, she worked developing software, advising on information security and managing projects for solar installations. She lives on the outskirts of Munich with her husband and two children.

rights information

Rights information: 
Bastei Lübbe AG (Alemania)
Contacto: Christian Stuwe
Tel.: +49 221 820 02700
christian.stuewe@luebbe.de
www.luebbe.com

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