Human Resources, a workplace dystopian satire.


Not for me 😔

A workplace dystopian satire that could be directly pulled out of our current situation

Human Resources follows the story of Wilbur Rush, a Chattel who is promoted to mid-management. The novel starts out with describing an extreme, and dystopian version of our own capitalism. Seeing people as actual recyclable resources doesn't seem too unrealistic for a future scenario, and it teaches us a lesson about how capitalism can ruin a society and reduce people to mere objects. The inhumanity of the HR department is not a foreign concept to most people, and it creates a natural villainous presence. The same can be said of the look into the lives of those fortunate enough to be part of the Upper Management, who have an abundance of food and resources available to them.

The population control utilized by taking away the child and recycling the mother is reminiscent of a 'one child' policy, but put to the extreme. Wilbur's life is different from the other Chattel and Mid-management people's, and it is quite exciting to see how the story unfolds as he forms a closer emotional bond with his wife, and the revelation of her secret.

Uprisings, deceit, the beginnings of vox populi, a somewhat forbidden love and inhumanity are words that could summarize this novel in quite an efficient way. The excessive dehumanization of people is the story's strongest point, and it makes you sympathize with, and in some cases, see yourself in either Wilbur or his wife, Wilma.

The concept of the novel is intriguing, it shows much promise, and I was eager to read it. However, the language and grammar used makes it a bit of a tough read. Short, stumped sentences and the occasional typographical error disturbs the flow of the story. With a few adjustments, and some proofreading, the novel could easily gain another star, and an even more positive review. If grammar is not something that will bother you, I'm sure you could enjoy this story as it has quite a lot to offer in form of dystopian scenarios and minor plot twists. It is not a bad novel by any means, it is just not for me.

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About the author

Heath grew up Wyoming in a small-town like what you see in 1980s films with the 10-speed bicycle being the primary form of transportation. He is currently working on a sci-fi novel; How the Moon was Split in Two as well as an interconnecting short horror story collection. view profile

Published on August 22, 2020

50000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Dystopian

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