: The Penultimate Truth
Author: Philip K. Dick
This book has a remarkable premise but unfortunately the ending is rather weak. The premise is brilliant and typical PKD: most of the population of earth lives underground while the nuclear war rages above. At least that’s what the people think. Their only information from above comes via a television where their leader tells them what’s happening. But when one man leaves the shelter for the surface, he finds the war’s been over for years and the leader doesn’t even exist — he’s an artificial man puppeted to keep the lie alive. Many of the concepts in his novel are just brilliant, but the ending just left me flat. It seemed like little had changed, though of course stuff had, it was just subtle.