GOOD INTENTIONS by Dan Saber follows the professional plight of Zeke, an agent in the Department of Inspirations at humanity’s heavenly bureaucracy, THOROUGHGOOD1. Run by the man upstairs, “G.”, THOROUGHGOOD1 functions like an otherworldly business, with departments such as the Department of Technological Innovations, which controls humankind with varying levels of involvement.
The narrative takes the reader through G. and his agents’ trials and errors–from biblical times to current day, providing a backstory and explanation for how G. and his agents have influenced the history of humankind. With technology steadily infiltrating every aspect of human life, G. tells Zeke and the Department of Inspirations that inspiration is no longer as important as it was in the past, and that their department is being moved under Department of Technological Innovations. Their goal is no longer to inspire, but to keep humans consuming endless amounts of technological stimulation. Zeke is put in charge of his team and begins to influence all of humanity’s internet and social media interactions, bringing humanity into today’s social climate: Endless content, endless discourse, and humans unable to properly speak or listen to one another, ultimately forcing the reader to confront whether or not we even want to.
Saber’s voice is smart and smarting with several laugh out loud moments. The character of Zeke is properly self-aware and self-deprecating, giving the sense that the arguments being made in the book have been thoroughly tackled, discussed, and taken apartment from every side before ending up on the page. GOOD INTENTIONS does not shy away from controversial topics—religion, politics, consumerism culture, internet culture— diving right into the deep end with tact, tongue-in-cheek humor, and fantastic narrative flow. This book takes on the seemingly insurmountable task of telling the story of humanity and then forces the reader to confront their own contributions to today’s toxic internet culture. Saber is such a talented writer that he manages to do so without falling into the trap of sounding preachy.
GOOD INTENTIONS is a wry, political and biblical satire that smartly and thoroughly explores the consequences that technology has had and will continue to have on humanity.
~Chloe Rabinowitz for IndieReader