Forward

Forward

Randomize by Andy Weir

Rating: 2 out of 5.

In the near future, if Vegas games are ingeniously scam-proof, then the heists have to be too, in this imaginative and whip-smart story by the New York Times bestselling author of The Martian.

An IT whiz at the Babylon Casino is enlisted to upgrade security for the game of keno and its random-number generator. The new quantum computer system is foolproof. But someone on the inside is no fool. For once the odds may not favor the house—unless human ingenuity isn’t entirely a thing of the past. – Goodreads

Review

The idea for this story is interesting – how will quantum computing affect the gambling industry – but it gets so bogged down in telling you about math that it forgets to build the actual story. It was incredibly difficult to stay focused on this for the entirety of it’s 50 minute run since it had the literal bare minimum for both characters and plot to move things along.

I’ve seen several people call this a heist story, but “parlor trick” is a much more accurate description. I think it would have worked fine as an introductory chapter to a longer work, but it fails as a short story.