Described as “Black Mirror meets the Circle meets 1984” by fans, Numbercaste is an award-winning debut that looks out into an all-too-possible future – a future that’s being built even as you read this.
Synopsis: When Patrick Udo is offered a job at NumberCorp, he packs his bags and goes to the Valley. After all, the 2030s are a difficult time, and jobs are rare. Little does he know that he’s joining one of the most ambitious undertakings of his time or any other.
NumberCorp, crunching through vast amounts of social network data, is building a new society – one where everyone’s social circles are examined, their activities quantified, and their importance distilled into the all-powerful Number. A society where everything from your home to your education to entry at the local nightclub depends on an app that states exactly how important you are.
As NumberCorp rises in power and in influence, the questions start coming in. What would you do to build the perfect state? And how far is too far?
Winner of the 2017 Virtual FantasyCon Award
#1 Bestseller in Cyberpunk and Hard Science Fiction on Amazon
“Fantastic, detailed world-building and characters with heart bring this story to life. Wijeratne has held up a chillingly realistic mirror on our interconnected society.”
– Paul Anlee, author of The Reality Thief
“Wijeratne explains Numbercaste as a “feat of extrapolation”. I prefer to describe it as an extraordinarily conceptualized narrative of futurism. Nothing so on-the-nose as to be a harbinger, neither a cautionary tale; Numbercaste made my skin crawl in all the right ways as the real-world possibilities compounded. I couldn’t begin another book immediately because there was too much for me to process. Patrick Udo’s meandering, slightly sociopathic, unflinching, unapologetic, it-was-what-it-was statement of the facts lodged in my mind like a splinter and stayed with me for days.”
– Walt Noland, via Amazon
“This is a level of intellectual rigour and discipline in writing one doesn’t encounter in older more seasoned authors, published more often. . . . On the day I read the novel cover to cover, Twitter threw up a news story around how armies of ‘cyber troops’ are being used ‘manipulate Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets to steer public opinion, spread misinformation and undermine critics. Without giving away plot details, this same thrust in a more evolved, sophisticated form can be found in Numbercaste, including other key, often ethically or morally disturbing technological developments that have made the headlines in the past two years alone. Entwined with characters that are finely drawn, and rooted very much to very human failings even as they strive for a greatness that outlives time and place, the book’s great appeal is in how all of the central characters resemble those we already know – either personally, or through the media.”
– Sanjana Hattotuwa, Groundviews
“Prophetic, Orwellian, and not wholly inconceivable . . . the depth of Numbercaste lies in how readily we are able to envision this not-so-distant future.”
– Amanda Jay, author of The Other One
“I cannot even begin to tell you how awesome this is. I can happily say it is the best book I’ve read this year.”
– Navin Weeraratne, author of The Hundred Gram Mission