Philip K. Dick is one of the greatest writers of science fiction and fantasy - ever. He won more awards and created more bestsellers than any other author in the genre, and this is probably his most resonant novel. Welcome to 1962, ladies and gentlemen! Slavery is officially allowed in America - again - and the few Jews who managed to survive the holocaust have to conceal their true identities and live in constant fear. The US and its allies lost World War II, and now Germany and its "buddy", Japan, are ruling the show.
It's been almost 20 years since the defeat, and the situation is getting worse every day. Is there a chance to bring America back on its feet, or will the enemy devastate this once-great country completely? The two superpowers - Germany and Japan - are not really getting along with each other anymore, and the tensions between the two might be the only chance for the Americans to reclaim everything that's been taken from them.
By combining the stories of various characters from across the country, Dick created a profound, believable alternative reality that allowed him to depict the human vices and virtues like nobody ever before. The critics really love The Man in the High Castle and they call it Philip K. Dick's greatest masterpiece. It's this novel that put him on the pedestal and made him the most popular science fiction writer of his time, an innovator.
The best thing about this book is that the barrier between fiction and reality is almost invisible and the author talks about real-world stuff while writing about fictional characters and events. Blurring the line between reality and a fictional universe and making the reader believe in the world you created is what makes a good writer great.