In the near future of Robert Charles Wilson's The Affinities, new analytic technologies-genetic, brain-mapping, and behavioral-have supercharged social media's process of sorting people into fine-tuned affinity groups. To join one of the twenty-two Affinities is to change one's life.
Adam Fisk matches for Tau, one of the largest Affinities. Joining Tau is utopian-at first. Problems in all areas of Adam's life begin to simply sort themselves out as he becomes part of a worldwide network of people dedicated to helping one another. Until his life and the carefully balanced system spin out of control.
As all twenty-two Affinities go global, they devour the power of any and all institutions of the old world. Then, the Affinities begin to go to war-with one another.
Robert Charles Wilson was born in California and lives in Toronto. His novel Spin won science fiction's Hugo Award in 2006. Earlier, he won the Philip K. Dick Award for his debut novel A Hidden Place; Canada's Aurora Award for Darwinia; and the John W. Campbell Award for The Chronoliths.
Wilson deftly explores the drawbacks of groupthink and social networks that come to replace for inclusive, complex personal relationships. - The Washington Post
"Intriguing and seriously innovative." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Like social media groups on steroids? This timely thriller will keep you turning its pages until the wee hours of the morning." - Paste