"Absorbing story... Berger's prose is crisp... A sharp, gripping story of a bleak future." — Kirkus Reviews

"Ever wonder what Brave New World would be like if designed by Facebook? Then you will love Optimal..."

"...grabs you and won't let go."

"...the book we need right now."

"Great read... completely-believable evolution of the online environment..."

"The twist hit hard..."

"...frighteningly plausible... a really fun read."

"Excellent storytelling... Loved this book."

"...filled with ingenious, prolific warnings. A must-read!"

IN THE NOT-TOO-DISTANT FUTURE,

THERE IS NO WAR, NO CRIME, NO POVERTY.

THERE IS ONLY THE ALGORITHM,

AND IT HAS A FEW RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOU...

Optimal, the new dystopian novel by J.M. Berger

The Algorithm Wars have ended, and the world has been optimized. Thanks to the System, everything that happens is recorded, liked, commented, shared and analyzed at scale in order to produce nonstop and ever-improving recommendations about what kind of job you should have, what kind of food you might enjoy, what kind of music you might like, what kind of exercise you need, and what kind of person you might want to sleep with.

It is a world of total information and total freedom… although things tend to go more smoothly when you follow the System’s recommendations.

In this hyper-networked society, Stanton Lime did the one thing that should have been impossible: He disappeared. Now the System has inexplicably selected Jack, a perfectly ordinary citizen, to find out why.

From author J.M. Berger, an expert on the toxic real-world effects of a globally networked society, comes a unique dystopian vision of a total information society built by Silicon Valley, where today’s trends have become tomorrow’s reality.