I Can’t Wait To See How This Ends
4.5 out of 5 stars
The main story in Open Primary follows Mia as she is trying to get funding for her site Ameritocracy – a site where anyone can run to be President in 2020 as long as they are not currently (or have ever been) affiliated with a political party. The user can log on, create their profile, upload videos, and let others know what they stand for. The winner, chosen by a popular vote, will be given campaign donations to run for President as an Independent against the Democratic and Republican parties.
This easily would have been a solid five stars had the book had a proper ending. It was just kind of over – no real story or character arcs completed. Mia’s arc may have been about two-thirds completed but it wasn’t done. The actual site was really just getting started and we have absolutely no idea who is going to win (or if they win in 2020).
Now, that’s fine because the rest of the book was fantastic. I devoured Open Primary – honestly reading it in about 2.5 days. Fuller is a great author who really captured what he was going for in this one. Mia as a character was brilliant – she was real and full of all the emotions and feelings that everyday people have. Mia had flaws and didn’t do everything perfect. She was easy to forgive in some instances and hard in others.
The technology written about and utilized in Open Primary wasn’t anything ground-breaking or new. Fuller writes about a website and some algorithms. There isn’t too much technology to turn the average reader away – but there’s just enough to keep a sci-fi/technothriller reader like myself intrigued.
Overall, I thought that Open Primary was a great read with an interesting message. One that I also thought when I watched the results in 2016. Add onto that the performance by Annie Ellicott, Jeff Hays, and the Soundbooth Theater crew – this was a fantastic audiobook. I can’t wait to get into the next book.
Open Primary by A.C. Fuller
Narrator: Annie Ellicott, Jeff Hays
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
Series: Ameritocracy #1
Published by Soundbooth Theater, Spoken Realms on November 7th 2018
Genres: Political, Thriller
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Anyone can run.... The American people vote online.... The winner receives instant fame and a campaign war chest to battle the Democrats and Republicans in 2020.
Welcome to Ameritocracy, the new political series people are calling "The West Wing meets Survivor" and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington for the social media age."
After a lifetime of political disillusionment, Mia Rhodes created an alternative to the two-party system: Ameritocracy. Part American Idol, part Iowa Caucus, her online political competition promises to find the most popular independent candidate in America and give them a genuine shot to win the presidency.
But her project flounders until Mia catches the eye of eccentric tech billionaire Peter Colton. With Mia's vision and Peter's money, Ameritocracy moves rapidly from punchline to possibility. As the site grows, the stakes rise crisis by crisis, and Mia must learn that ending politics as we know it means saying good-bye to the Mia Rhodes she has always known.
Soundbooth Theater is proud to work together with AC Fuller yet again in presenting the audio version of this thought-provoking and timely political drama that questions the current state of our democratic system and proposes a new way for technology to shape our government going forward. Annie Ellicott delivers a masterful performance as the charming, principled, and innovative Mia Rhodes, and we look forward to presenting the rest of this clever and poignant series to you very soon!
The Soundbooth Theater team for this production:
Annie Ellicott - narration
Jeff Hays - Peter Colton, Halon Dixon, and the rest of the male cast
Dalton Lynne - editing and proofing
Griffin Malnar - editing and mastering
Also in this series: Off Message, Echo Chamber