Make Room! Make Room! (Harry Harrison)

27 July 2016

Make Room! Make Room!

A gangster is murdered during a blistering Manhattan heat wave. City cop Andy Rusch is under pressure solve the crime and captivated by the victim's beautiful girlfriend. But it is difficult to catch a killer, let alone get the girl, in crazy streets crammed full of people. The planet's population has exploded. The 35 million inhabitants of New York City run their TVs off pedal power, riot for water, loot and trample for lentil 'steaks' and are controlled by sinister barbed wire dropped from the sky.

Written in 1966 and set in 1999, Make Room! Make Room! is a witty and unnerving story about stretching the earth's resources, and the human spirit, to breaking point.

Average Rating:

Sean Aaron (8 September 2016 14:47)

Well-written, but not as compelling as a similar dystopian novel from the era, Stand on Zanzibar.

Most amusing was the afterword in which Harrison says he's sorry to be correct, but he's still not! Give it another couple of generations and we'll see...