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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

The Gaia Effect by Claire Buss

March 14, 2018 - 10:31 pm 1 Comment

The Gaia Effect by Claire Buss
Published by New Generation Publishing on 21st December 2016
234 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

After The Event, City 42 is run by the Corporation. Relying a lot on technology there are the minority that are not happy with this world. Kira and Jed want to start a family and whilst they use technology to get their wish. Kira a believer of Gaia wants to use nature to bring her child up. Other’s not happy with the state of the city are Anti-Corp, a resistance group who try and sabotage the city, but after there is a sexual assault and medical abnormalities, things get serious and a time for change is needed.
Kira was passionate with everything she did, as an employee of the Archives, she learnt a lot about the “old”ways and stood her ground when people forced technology onto her. Jed her partner was a police officer for the force, honourable and was good at his job. Both were family orientated and spent time with their close friends. Even though their friends all had different views on the way the city was run, Kira and Jed calming influence united them to help the city.
With a handful of main characters, you get to learn about each one and watch how they develop and grow. Two character that had major changes were Dina who at the start was a very quiet girl, but after her medical emergency played a major part in the exposure of the water contamination and Martha living in her father’s shadows but when she became a victim in an assault and was one of the medical abnormalities, she took control of her life.
Whilst this story is set in a post apocalyptic world, on the surface., it seemed a pleasant place to live, but as you read further into the story, you realise what control the corporation had. I enjoyed reading about the technology that the people used and it would be great to have some of that tech in the world today. There was intrigue throughout and the appearance of a blue lady throughout gave it mystery. The story was well plotted and the intrigue made you want to read more. Scattered throughout the story were sweeps (similar to tweets) which were either giving out information or spreading rumors. Whilst at the start I found they helped the story, as the story continued I did skip them as I found I just wanted to read the story.
This is the 1st story I have read by this author and it looks like another author I will be adding to my reading list