Rufus is on a mission to prove the validity of astrology. To do so, he teams up with other like-minded and well-funded individuals to effect one of the most massive data heists in the history of data heists. “Astrologer’s Proof” covers these heists and the subsequent efforts to use the data, and the fallout it triggers within the group.
A non-believer when it comes to astrology, I nonetheless found the premise of the book intriguing, particularly the Jungian aspects of it. Several of the characters are interested in supplementing the MBTI (Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator, which was created based on Jung’s theories of personality type, and which I DO believe in) with astrology, something that is also appropriately Jungian, since Jung himself was interested in astrology and even began a large-scale study of people’s astrology charts and life histories (Jung’s conclusion, before he abandoned the project, was that he found correspondences when he was excited about the project and believed in it, and stopped finding correspondences when he lost interest in the project–a fascinating topic for study in and of itself). So there’s lots of good potential material here for those with Jungian inclinations, or just those who find astrology interesting.
Frustratingly, though, I found that “Astrologer’s Proof” left me with more questions than answers. It’s the second book in a series, which may have been part of my problem. At first I thought this was an alternate world in which astrology was definitely valid, or maybe a kind of urban-fantasy story in which the proof of the validity of astrology would be revealed, but that was left up in the air. As, for me, was the question of whether the theft of massive amounts of census and IRS data was justified. These are all important questions, particularly the issue of using people’s personal information without their knowledge or consent for something that could potentially produce large-scale benefits. If you’re not planning to harm people, and are working on something that could make lots of people’s lives better, is it okay to steal the birth, marriage, and work records of millions of people? This is an intriguing question that the book touches upon but doesn’t delve into. So overall I found much that was interesting about “Astrologer’s Proof,” and I think that readers who take the benefits of astrology more seriously than I do might find it more satisfying, but for me it opened up a lot of questions without necessarily providing satisfying answers. Still a unique book with a unique premise.
My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.