2 Minute Book Review -- Toys by James Patterson

I am and have always been a bit Patterson fan because of Alex Cross, but this is a completely different kind of novel. In Toys, Patterson delves into dystopian literature with a world that has become corrupt because of distracting mechanized toys and personal enhancements that make some people strong and normal people weak by comparison. Normal people -- skunks -- have become an underclass and the "elites" want to destroy them.

The novel does what all good dystopias should do, and that's criticize our world by exaggerating our present faults. We are too distracted. We do rely too much on technology to forget the problems of the world around us. It's an interesting and fast-paced look at that phenomenon.