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Psychotopia by RN Morris

March 22, 2019 - 6:54 am No Comments

I am happy to be on the blog tour for Psychotopia, the latest book by RN Morris. At the end of this post there is a chance to be the lucky winner of a hardback edition of this book

Blurb

A game for the times we live – and die – in. Enter Psychotopia, a dark new dystopian novel from the author of the acclaimed Silas Quinn mysteries.

PSYCHOTOPIA, LEVEL ONE. Create your own boutique psychopath, then deceive, manipulate and be ruthless, spreading mayhem and destruction to reach the next levels.

It’s the computer game for our times. After all, the amount of crazy in the world is increasing. Senseless violence on the streets is becoming the norm. Can Dr Arbus’s ground-breaking device identify and neutralize psychopaths before it’s too late? In this increasingly dysfunctional world, surely Callum standing by Aimee after her devastating encounter with Charlie is proof that real love and goodness can still win in a world that’s increasingly rotten . . . Or can it?

Here is my review of this dystopian book :

Psychotopia by RN Morris

Published by Severn House Digital on 1st February 2019

240 pages

After reading the blurb, I thought I knew what the book was about. I presumed it was about a VR game, how wrong I was.

Set in a dystopian Britain, where it was predicted that psychopaths were soon to be the majority. This book tells the stories of 3 characters that are affected living in this world. Inspector Glen Parfett is an overworked Police Officer. His job was to bring in psychopaths, who he can spot just by looking at them. Working on the National Taskforce, he has his most difficult case when a young girl is charged with murder. Aimee, is a trainee architect, quite a quiet girl, but a serious mistake one weekend changes her life forever. Oscar Winslett is the Head of Game Development at Alpha Games, he is in the process of designing a new VR game called Psychotopia. A narcissist and a psychopath, a pretty dangerous man to know.

Running through the story were internal notes outlining the new VR game. It got me thinking what would people’s reaction be if a game like this would be released and how popular would it be. I enjoyed this element of the story as you follow the concept of the game from the first idea. The inclusion of new technology like MindNet in the book, gives it a sci-fi feel and helps explain the fear and the new crazes that appear overnight when it has been broadcasted over the channels. The more you learn about the Arbus-Lubany machine, the more you wonder if it will save society.  

Written in 3rd person, helps you read the different characters’ stories without any confusion. At the start, they are three individual characters stories, but as the story continues, their stories merge into one. You get an understanding how they cross paths with each other, and how each action affected their lives.
As you are reading their stories you get embroiled up in their lives and the further you go into the story.

Even a few days after finishing this book. I am still thinking about the story. Whilst there are some violent scenes in the book, this did not disturb me, it was the idea how easy the psychopaths blend in. The story is evenly paced and Aimee’s story took me on a rollercoaster of emotions.

This is the 1st book I have read by this author, so I did not know what to expect. I enjoyed this well-plotted book and with plenty of twists, it kept my interest. I am going to check out his other books. A good dystopian sci-fi read.

Purshase link https://www.amazon.co.uk/Psychotopia-R-N-Morris-ebook/dp/B07KX3QK7V

Author Bio –

R. N. Morris is the author of ten novels. The latest is PSYCHOTOPIA, published 31 October, 2018.

A Gentle Axe, was published by Faber and Faber in 2007. Set in St Petersburg in the nineteenth century, it features Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Dostoevsky’s great novel, Crime and Punishment. The book was published in many countries, including Russia. He followed that up with A Vengeful Longing, which was shortlisted for the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award (as the CWA Gold Dagger was briefly known). A Razor Wrapped in Silk came next, followed by The Cleansing Flames, which was nominated for the Ellis Peters Historical Novel Dagger.

The Silas Quinn series of novels, set in London in 1914, began with Summon Up The Blood, followed by The Mannequin HouseThe Dark Palace and The Red Hand of Fury. The next novel in the series, The White Feather Killer, will be published in April 2019.

Taking Comfort is a standalone contemporary novel, written as Roger Morris.

He also wrote the libretto to the opera When The Flame Dies, composed by Ed Hughes.

Want to connect to the author

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Twitter http:// @rnmorris

Website http://rogernmorris.co.uk

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Beneath a Starless Sky by Debbie L Taylor

March 4, 2019 - 9:46 pm No Comments

Beneath a Starless Sky by Debbie L Taylor

Published by Meadow Publishing House Ltd on 14th November 2018

295 pages

If eye colouring determined what you would do in your life. What class would you be?

The lower class or Ambers lived to serve the Greys born into wealth. Not allowed to get romantically involved, any offspring were shunned by both sides. Having a mom who is Amber and a dad who is Grey, Max is not sure where he belongs, he spent his life working for the Government but wanting a better life for Ambers. Grace, his boss was an elite Grey, wanting to change the world but living in an unhappy marriage, she didn’t know how to. But thanks to a secret operation, they both see their chance.

To help tell the story, it alternates between Max and Grace. There was no confusion as each chapter is clearly marked. Telling the story that way enabled you to see both sides of the story. Max found it hard to make friends or even have a relationship, always on the defensive and enjoyed nothing more than to rub Grace up the wrong way. As you read his story, you soon realise what his life had been like growing up and you understand why he is like he is. On the opposite side, Grace’s life is not rosy as everyone believes, she was good at putting up a front, but slowly you can see her starting to crack.  

The story starts off a bit slow as there is a lot of information given to you, but this does help you understand the world Max and Grace live in. As the story continues the pace picks up and I found myself reading quicker just to find out what happens. There are a few drop jaw moments that helps tie up the story. However, I don’t think that this is the end of the story and I hope that there will be further books, as by the end of the story Max had grown on me. With a mixture of Sci-fi and Dystopian, this was an enjoyable read and to answer my question, my family and I would be Ambers.    

After Bees by BC Nyren

March 2, 2019 - 5:09 pm No Comments

After Bees by BC Nyren

Published on 28th July 2017

186 pages

It’s been mentioned that if we lose the humble bee, it will be the end of civilisation.

100 years after the last bee disappeared and society was split. Having women in charge and men as slaves, with plenty of food and very little crime, the population of The Settlement think they are doing well. But when a high standing woman is found murdered and her slaves have been abused, the Captain of the Guard Willow Pelletier thinks that there is something rotten going on.

Willow was a strong character, great in battles and would put fear into the majority of the population. But she also had a caring side to her, which showed when she took on 2 slaves that had been tortured and the way that she ran her household.

There was a significant contrast between The Settlement and the Hillfolk, showing just how more advanced in technology the Settlement was. The descriptive writing of the author brought the characters to life and the simplest tasks were detailed bring the scenes alive. Willow’s caring nature came to force when “Her heart clenched for her slave as she took in the sight of his beaten, bruised form, trying to see past the collage of abuse to the undoubtedly strong, proud man who he might have been before.”  And you recognise that lightbulb moment when she wants to change people’s attitude.

This was a quick enjoyable read, which I read in one sitting. I would love to know if Willow succeeds.  I am going to look out for more by this author

In a Right State by Ben Ellis

October 22, 2018 - 9:21 pm No Comments

In a Right State by Ben Ellis
Published 29th June 2014
363 pages

2066 and the big corporations rule the country. Everyone’s data is analysed, and food is genetically modified. However certain residents are not happy, whether they are growing natural vegetables or having tech that will confuse satellites, they do what it takes to rebel against society.
The story opens with a body parts being auctioned to the highest bidders and you start to wonder what sort of world these people live in. Duncan an ex employer of Pharmara was not happy with how the country was going and in his own way rebelled by growing all-natural produce. Amy an employer of Pharmara, analysed data, good at her job but soon became disillusioned with the work. Whilst she did not know Duncan she knew his wife, they were thrown together when Duncan became a Person of Interest. On the run they end up at Shaded Vale, run by The Colonel, it was utopia compared to Wigthorn, living without being spied on and run by the filthy rich. The Colonel has a plan to shake up the country but need the help of Duncan, Amy and his daughter Poppy,
Amy and Duncan were as different as chalk and cheese. Amy lived by facts and patterns and was very tech savvy. Duncan at lot older, still missed the good old days. He shut himself away and only lived for his plants. Poppy was a strange girl living in her parent’s shadow, she reminded me of Violet from the Incredibles, very shy but very astute.
From the moment Duncan is in trouble you are taken on a cat and mouse adventure. The use of technology played a big part in the story and showed just how easy it was to abuse the system. The further I got into the book I did start to wonder who exactly the “good” guys as personal gain was a big issue. One character I despised straight away was Estelle, Poppy’s mom who was the biggest bitch I have read about in a while.
This was a fast-paced book as you follow the chase, but it was not all serious, there were a few comedy moments one in particular being the spray that changed your DNA, imagine a satellite seeing 3 sheep getting into a car and driving away. Whilst this is a fictional story there were parts that are realistic, and it does get you thinking what technology is in use today with our data being shared. If you enjoy dystopian with a technology twist, then this is a read for you. I hope that there is more to come and as I am interested in what happened next

Blackwater: Vol. Three: (Book 3 in the Blackwater Trilogy) by TWM Ashford

September 26, 2018 - 7:11 pm No Comments

Blackwater: Vol. Three: (Book 3 in the Blackwater Trilogy) by TWM Ashford
Published by White Inc on 21st September 2018
251 pages

Book 2 finished with the Old God released to cause havoc on Blackwater and Hunter falling down a pit. With the fate of Blackwater in his hands can Hunter survive the fall.
Starting 7 days after the ending of book 2, I was yet again transported in the dystopian city of Blackwater. With Blackwater being destroyed, and Army unable to help, Hunter had an impossible task. Fighting all those battles really took its toll, and throughout this book Hunter had moments of self-doubt and was physically exhausted. He felt more human and vulnerable and realised he survived on pure look. The only thing that got him through was his best friends Liandra and Abdul, still helping fight the world. But even they needed help from an unlikely source.
This trilogy got better and better with each book. Reading this story had me on the edge of me seat, as I was waiting for something to happen and was always expecting an attack. The detailed writing helped picture just how desolate Blackwater was. Some of my favourite scenes were where Hunter was walking round some of the older building like the gothic orphanage. These scenes were intensified with the creepiness of the encroaching shadows and strange flora that was attached to the buildings and the confrontation with the members of the Old Gods inner circle. The Old God’s army was pure Lovecraftian, with the constant chanting and the creatures from another dimension, making the whole mission a feel of failure. There are some shock moments that you will not see coming and I did have to stop myself gasping out loud.
The ending tied up this trilogy nicely and I know when I got to the end, that there will be no more Blackwater to read. However, having enjoyed all this author’s other work, I am looking forward to seeing what he comes up with next.