Publisher: Legend Press
Release Date: 01/05/2019
Book Depository: Paperback
Humans have become allergic to each other in this dystopian world. Families must live in isolation from one another, and Angela’s family is no exception. Her husband Colin, daughter Amber and son Charlie mean everything to her, but does she really know them?
After becoming a member of the Neighbourhood Watch, Angela is able to go outside for the first time in years (donned in full hazmat suit, of course). This should be another regular aspect of her life, like eating energy bars and taking vitamins, but when she spots a mysterious man in the street, minus a face mask, her life changes forever.
Liam Brown has skilfully created a world that is nightmare inducing, as it will hit close to most people’s hearts. Most of us have people we love dearly, and the thought of not being able to have contact with those people is genuinely scary and makes you think. There’s always a risk with a genre as extensive as dystopia that a book will be filled with generic themes, but this is not the case with this one. There are a number of original ideas packed within it, making it an exciting reading experience.
The writing is to the point, which perfectly matches the mania of the story. The speech is snappy and dislocated, highlighting the isolation and inability to behave as a normal family. The ending was fantastic, and completely tied the whole story together; even though there were some unanswered questions, I felt satisfied.
One thing I did want more of was Angela talking to the unfertilised egg she has donated for the purpose of research. I thought the idea was particularly clever, but half way through it seemed as though Brown forgot to continue including it, picking it back up again later. However, this is a minor issue that does not detract from the story in general.
I would thoroughly recommend this book, as it is definitely one of the better pieces of dystopian fiction I have read in a while. I’m looking forward to reading more from the author in future, especially if this standard of writing is the rule, not the exception.
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