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The Reset Manifesto by Lazlo Zalezac

Author's Description:
When, in the course of human events, a Government of a Nation has forgotten that it is founded and predicated upon the singular sentiment, We the People, it becomes necessary for Men and Women of good conscience to stand tall and remind those who govern on behalf, by forbearance, and at the will, of We the People; that the law of the land is specified in the Constitution of these United States.
Size: 1052 KB ( ~ 199,490 words)
Genre: Drama
Sex Contents: No Sex
Tags: Ma/Fa, Fiction

Review by NC-Retired   [other reviews by NC-Retired]

Reviewed: 2017-09-18

The Reset Manifesto IS NOT equal in depth and breadth with 1984 by Orwell, but it's not too far behind.

Zalezac's latest masterwork, The Reset Manifesto, is a prophetic tale where the protagonist lives with the rampant political corruption and corporate governance that is our 2017 reality. But instead of feeling helpless, the protagonist sets out to change reality, save humanity from corporate slavery and restore freedom to 'We the people'.

Peter Moore, the seemingly meek and mild protagonist, does this by working behind a blackout curtain and coordinating other actors to do the actual creation of the manifesto.

If you've been watching the world disintegrate around you as we the people get screwed over by governments at all levels that have been bought by the monied powerful, then you'll be able to relate to the entire concept of The Reset Manifesto. And, when finished, you'll lament the lack of a real life Peter Moore, just like I did.

For me, and YMMV, reading this story was an exercise in frustration as I could not read for more than a few minutes at a time. Zalezac has deftly harvested many intolerable real life 2017 situations and then wove these into his storyline. Oh, he also sets up situations where the bad actors get their well deserved comeuppance, but all these hit too close to the reality I see for me to remain emotionless and detached while remembering that this is 'just a story'.

As previously alluded to, Lazlo Zalezac is a reasonably prolific author here on SOL. He has 67 stories on SOL as of this review date. The Reset Manifesto is another of his trademark tales about an individual that gets fed up with the status quo and sets out to rectify the perceived wrongs. If you've not read them all, you're missing out on some absolutely great works!

Editing on this story is, as usual, superb. There may have been some typos and other grammatical oopses, but if there were they were so few that I cannot recall them.

I rate this story a solid 10-10-10.

Plot: 10 | Technical Quality: 10 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10

Review by KiwiChris   [other reviews by KiwiChris]

Reviewed: 2017-07-10

A thought provoking piece EVERYONE should read.

Not at all what you would expect on a erotic story's website, Lazlo cuts to the heart of a lot of the issues facing modern society at the moment.

Although we do not have a mythical Peter, I think everyone should read this story and think long and hard about what they can do to make their patch of the world a better place

Plot: 10 | Technical Quality: 9 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10

Review by bill9900   [other reviews by bill9900]

Reviewed: 2017-06-15

I normally wait until a story is completed before writing a review, but I'm totally entertained by The Reset Manifesto. The plot is very complex, and the references to technology and social media make it a perfect fit for today's world.

Lazlo is one of the best writers on SOL, and his characters and storylines are always interesting. If you're not familiar with his work, I think of him as being at what I consider the elite level of writers such as RLFJ, Jay Cantrell, Penguintopia, Tony Stevens, and Roustwriter.

In this story, a young man is disgusted by the corruption, greed and incompetence in modern society, and, somewhat like Ayn Rand in Atlass Shrugged, decides to "reset" the world. Along the way, you may hear some philosophy espoused, but the characters and plot are ingenious. Can't wait to see how the story develops from here.

Hope you enjoy the ride!

Plot: 10 | Technical Quality: 10 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10

Review by smokeaknz   [other reviews by smokeaknz]

Reviewed: 2017-05-10

Another brilliant story by Lazlo Zalezac!

It is beyond difficult to review a story that has not yet ended. It seems like a betrayal of the review reader, because anything could still happen to the story that will make the review wrong at one level or another.

Yet I am driven to write this review because the story is so good that possible readers should not procrastinate about reading every chapter as soon as it is posted.

"The Reset Manifesto" is brilliant.

The construction is interesting: we are at a funeral, and small events and actions take place. Each one takes us on a flashback to an event which has happened earlier in the life of the deceased. Each one tells various members of the family that the deceased was much more than they had ever thought.

We have to accept the brilliance of the deceased: the story would not work without it. Yet despite the author presenting everything in an almost bland way the reader is constantly thrilled by disclosures or surprises (about which the reader in retrospect should really not have been surprised).

Take a chance that this story may yet end badly and read what has already been posted. I suspect you will be hooked just as quickly as I was (and still am).

Further recommendation: no grammar problems, no typos. :-)

I want more chapters, and sooner! :-)


Plot: 10 | Technical Quality: 10 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10