Unauthorized Bread

304 pages

English language

Published Jan. 14, 2019 by Head of Zeus.

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New York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow's Unauthorized Bread -- a novella about immigration, the toxicity of economic and technological stratification, and fighting against all odds to survive and prosper

From the outside, the Boston-based subsidized apartments reserved for low-income tenants in a new technologically-advanced building seem like a dream come true. But soon the program's newest recipients, Salima--a young woman recently released from a refugee camp in Arizona--and her friends with similar backgrounds, discover themselves living in a technologically fortified parallel universe.

Not only are the elevators digitally programmed to economically discriminate against the building's tenants (the low-income residents can only use the elevators if they're not occupied by anyone from the wealthy side of the building), but the apartments' appliances are designed to extract revenue. The fridge won't chill unauthorized groceries. The toaster won't toast unauthorized bread.

When hedge funds tank the companies behind these electronic "conveniences," they …

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