ByJonathan Finchon April 3, 2018
A chillingly sad novel about how a country and a society can descend to inhuman levels of state-endorsed violence. Time and again, reading this dystopian novel, I was reminded of third-world dictatorships and Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. All merit to the author for describing how a country and its female leader can embrace euthanasia and slip further and further from decent obligations to weaker citizens to murder for gain. George Orwell would be an admirer of this novel’s direction and that leads me to another point. Whilst the post-war state depicted exists in an imaginary dystopia, it’s not that difficult to see how allegedly democratic societies like those of the advanced west can go the way of this dystopia. (After all, Orwell’s “1984” was set in Airstrip One (UK).) The science is already there and the growing social ills are on the horizon. Indeed, the idea leads to another. I did get a déjà-vu feeling about what I was reading. However, Madelaine Shaw-Wong does tackle the problem of hypocritical western morality and democracy - if not head on, then by association!. Well done, and five stars for this well-written account of morality overthrown and Benthamite philosophy gone stark-raving bonkers. Much appreciated the clever twist at the end which reinforces how human decency can resurface after being buried for a long time.
ByBarbara Lansingon April 9, 2018
This book acquaints the reader with copelling characters living under a dictator in the near future. It describes how a dictator with a strong personaity can develop a following and then change the morality and values of a society. Good PR can bend an entire society, especially if there is no freedom of speech and investigative journalists are silenced