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So many dead children. A post climate change event floods sees more of the planet underwater and a world running on blind faith, where a cult of individualism, consumerism, invasive social media and neo-Christianity dominates every part of the lives of the masses. She was moderator of the tenement chat room and, having grown too large to leave her apartment, she was scarcely ever absent from her post. No child was safe: the plagues which swept through the community affected rich and poor alike. ‘Go, go! Protagonist Trafford Sewell secretly loathes this way of life, and in a world of zero privacy, he begins to changes his life one secret at a time. Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. With this book Elton has created a totalitarian future that is very, very close to today's society. He claimed he liked to walk down for the exercise but really it was so that he could enjoy a few brief moments away from communitainment screens. I didn't enjoy it at all. June 30, 2013 • Novels dealing in privacy-free futures aren't new. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Please try again. And of course to hunt down sedition. why can't i give a book zero stars?

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Out on the pavement Trafford headed for the tube station, picking his way carefully through the cellophane, the filthy pink ribbons, the rotting blooms, the little photographs, the scribbled-on scraps of paper and the gilt-edged cards: He knew better than to tread on a single kiss-laden message or wilted flower; he had seen men beaten senseless for less. This is one of Ben Elton's best. Just the language (not really swearing) and the world setting; it was quite disturbing.

Having already lost an earlier child to a "plague" as all epidemics are called, Trafford tries to find a way to get Caitlin Happymeal vaccinated. Everything is shared.

He has written and directed two feature films, Maybe Baby and Three Summers. It was therefore principally in order to produce children and to prevent them from developing into deranged killers that Trafford found himself picking his way through the emotionally charged litter of a permanently traumatized society in the burning heat of a stinking Sagittarian morning.

. Children are born, some die, it’s God’s will, we can’t change it. Totally uninspiring text, not funny, not enlightening in the slightest, and the ending is about as anticlimactic as they come. Imagine a world where everyone knows everything about everybody.

One foot wrong, one petal defiled, and that weeping, hugging huddle would without doubt consider themselves to have been shown disrespect. by Black Swan. They are rejected by their community and arrested by the Temple and are tortured into implicating others. This book made me feel like I had just watched an entire series of big brother - which is kind of the point but I'm sure you can be satirical about the dumbing down of society without dumbing down your book to the same level.

A world where to question ignorance and intolerance is to commit a crime against Faith. Trafford's wife, Chantorria, is a devout Temple member and is against the idea. Everyone is online all the time for everyone else to see and celebrate. [s], Escape the Present with These 24 Historical Romances.

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But in this world, uniformity is everything. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 22, 2015. ",, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 22 October 2020, at 23:15. His close observations of the perils and absurdities of modern life have resulted in a startling dystopia that enfolds humanity's current contradictions in its enormous, all-embracing arms. Near-future society where privacy is illegal and everyone is expected to be on social media all the time. It is just as well I shall be dead by 2114! What's your favorite futuristic novel? For example I am sure at some point we have all felt the slight s. In dystopian fiction literature terms the name of Trafford Sewell should be added to those of Winston Smith and Guy Montag as future anti heroes. God’s great plan was no respecter of wealth or rank, although without doubt the more crowded the district, the more severe were the epidemics that afflicted it. But the growing trend towards social dysfunction had alerted both the Temple and the government to the human need for Face Time.

Despite being doused in Elton's terrible renditions of commoner speech and sometimes trite humour, this book is a gem with not so subtle nods to The Prisoner, 1984, The Trial etc. I just finished the book...and it is really awesome. Nothing near as good as Past Mortem. As Trafford finally breaks and implicates Cassius, the Inquisitor tells him that they already knew everything, the torture was simply to test his endurance. Ben Elton's dark, savagely comic novel imagines a post-apocalyptic society where religious intolerance combines with a confessional, sex-obsessed, egocentric culture to create a world where nakedness is modesty, ignorance is wisdom and privacy is a dangerous perversion.

This had of course brought the Temple into the debate. After all, what was not to like about a news and entertainment video on the wall of a boring lift? In the buzz of insects’ wings, in the splashing of the dirty water and borne on the whisper of the wind. I've found previous Ben Elton books to be fun as well as insightful. It had also become clear that it was impossible to meet a series of sexual partners while sitting alone in a tiny flat in front of a computer screen surrounded by pizza boxes. Your purchase helps support NPR programming.

I particularly liked the 1984 tones that ran through the book - the conformity of how society (could) operate, and the 'rights' without responsibilities. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.

Where 'sharing' is valued above all, and privacy is considered a dangerous perversion.

Trafford wouldn't call himself a rebel, but he's daring to be different, to stand out from the crowd. Ben Elton’s dark, savagely comic novel imagines a postapocalyptic society where religious intolerance combines with a confessional sex-obsessed, self-centric culture to create a world where nakedness is modesty, ignorance is wisdom, and privacy is a dangerous perversion.

Trafford Sewell, the novel's protagonist, sets off for work on a rare "Fizzy Coff" (a day he must be physically present in his office; like most people he usually telecommutes) and, in the short distance he has to travel, he is confronted by the numerous maudlin "tributes" to dead "kiddies", massive overcrowding, and oppressive heat that are typical of his world. Does he think he's different or special in some way?

A future where everyone's lives are permanently on the Web and where the cults of self and celebrity along with a deeply intolerant religious state create a nightmare world. For example I am sure at some point we have all felt the slight social pressure to ask an upset friend online "are u ok hun?" They missed nothing, those keening women who gathered on the pavements in the heat of the morning to mourn their dead and broadcast to the street the age-old songs of grief. A little predictable at times, but still a good read. He refuses and he and Chantorria are taken to the stake to be burned as heretics. My final rating for the book leaves me to give a "I like it" rating but I took off a star because while I enjoyed it, it came down to a predictable ending which wasn't really all that satisfying.


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