Null States

Null States : Book Two of the Centenal Cycle

3.89 (1,489 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 
3.89 (1,489 ratings by Goodreads)
Free delivery worldwide Expected delivery to the United States in 20-23 business days.

Not ordering to the United States? Click here.
May not be delivered to the United States by Christmas May not be delivered to the United States by Christmas


The future of democracy is about to implode.

After the last controversial global election, the global infomocracy that has ensured thirty years of world peace is fraying at the edges. As the new Supermajority government struggles to establish its legitimacy, agents of Information across the globe strive to keep the peace and maintain the flows of data that feed the new world order.

* The book The Huffington Post called 'one of the greatest literary debuts in recent history'
* Named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, The Verge, Flavorwire, Kirkus, and Book Riot
* A Locus Award Finalist for Best First Novel
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 136 x 210 x 30mm | 374g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765399547
  • 9780765399540
  • 631,139

Review quote

"Seriously inspirational for people who are genuinely involved in inventing the future." -- Craig Newmark, founder of CraigsList

Subtly radical (except where it's openly radical), this book and series continues to offer a kinetically involving narrative that can also make you think about our actual world today. --RT Book Reviews, Top Pick (4.5 Stars)

Carefully researched, prescient, thoughtful, and disturbing. --Kirkus Reviews

In Infomocracy, Malka Older built a realistic world where current trends result in new forms of democracy and peace building, based on Internet-like comms and transparency. She extends that in Null States, depicting the evolution of that world as it faces further real world challenges. Both are intellectually challenging and fun to read, and seriously inspirational for people who are genuinely involved in inventing the future. --Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist


Kinetic and gripping, the plot hurtles toward an electoral climax that leaps off the page. --NPR

Futurists and politics geeks will love this unreservedly. --The New York Times Book Review

This brilliant book is unquestionably one of the greatest literary debuts in recent history. --The Huffington Post

A futuristic world with eerie parallels to current events... [an] uncanny political thriller. --The Washington Post

Smart, ambitious, bursting with provocative extrapolations, Infomocracy is the big-data-big-ideas-techno-analytical-microdemoglobal-post-everything political thriller we've been waiting for. --Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings

"A fast-paced, post-cyberpunk political thriller... If you always wanted to put The West Wing in a particle accelerator with Snow Crash to see what would happen, read this book." --Max Gladstone, author of the Craft Sequence

A frighteningly relevant exploration of how the flow of information can manipulate public opinion...timely and perhaps timeless. --Kirkus Reviews starred review

Older's sparkling debut, the first full-length novel from the novella-focused imprint, serves as both a callback to classic futurist adventure tales by the likes of Brunner and Bester and a current examination of the power of information. --Publishers Weekly

In the mid-21st century, your biggest threat isn't Artificial Intelligence--it's other people. Yet the passionate, partisan, political and ultimately fallible men and women fighting for their beliefs are also Infomocracy's greatest hope. An inspiring book about what we frail humans could still achieve, if we learn to work together. --Karl Schroeder, author of Lockstep and the Virga saga
show more

About Malka Older

MALKA OLDER is a Campbell Award finalist, humanitarian worker, and PhD candidate studying governance and disasters. She has more than eight years of experience in humanitarian aid and development, and has responded to complex emergencies and natural disasters in Uganda, Darfur, Indonesia, Japan, and Mali. Her debut novel was 2016's Infomocracy.
show more

Rating details

1,489 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 23% (336)
4 49% (732)
3 24% (359)
2 3% (49)
1 1% (13)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X