Published: October 14th, 2014
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
In this page-turning contemporary thriller, National Book Award Finalist and New York Times bestselling author Paolo Bacigalupi explores the timely issue of how public information is distorted for monetary gain, and how those who exploit it must be stopped.
Everything Alix knows about her life is a lie. At least that's what a mysterious young man who's stalking her keeps saying. But then she begins investigating the disturbing claims he makes against her father. Could her dad really be at the helm of a firm that distorts the truth and covers up wrongdoing by hugely profitable corporations that have allowed innocent victims to die? Is it possible that her father is the bad guy, and that the undeniably alluring criminal who calls himself Moses--and his radical band of teen activists--is right? Alix has to make a choice, and time is running out, but can she truly risk everything and blow the whistle on the man who loves her and raised her?
In all honesty, I was a little conflicted about 'The Doubt Factory' . Overall, I enjoyed the story, but unfortunately it occasionally sounded a bit like preaching. While the topic is one that is very socially relevant right now, and there is no doubt (pardon the pun) in my mind that it is a very important topic, I just felt that sometimes I was having my nose rubbed in the issue.
Having got that out of the way, as I said I did enjoy the story itself. There is quite a tight mystery going on and I was very intrigued. Moses, or 2.0, was a complicated character and Mr. Bacigalupi was skillful in only slowly allowing the reader to get to know him. The way that Alix's perfect life is stripped apart was very well done also, and I had no trouble following her disbelief. Her fascination with Moses on the other hand was a little far fetched and I'm not altogether sure that the romance was necessary for the progression of the story itself, but that could be just my older persons opinion. I'm sure YA readers will lap it up. A host of wonderful secondary characters helped with the story and if I'm honest I think I preferred Adam, Tank, Cynthia and Kook to the main characters. We slowly find out the background to these characters and each one has a sad story. I loved them all
In sum, The Doubt Factory is a good contemporary mystery/thriller that I'm certain will have many fans.