Imagine a utopia where every person has a purpose and not a single life is wasted.
Britain has become a hive-like world, with even the weakest and most vulnerable playing their part in the nation’s transformation. Crime is low, employment high.
But all is not quite as it seems. Though the revolution was quiet and bloodless, countless lives have been torn apart before our very eyes. Whilst the silent majority are mysteriously duped into collaboration, dissenters are ignored or punished. Democracy, civil liberties and equality are replaced by corruption, discrimination and segregation.
Paul, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, knows slavery in the Zone is intrinsically unnatural. His first personal rebellion at Industrial Zone Four is crushed and he is forced to suffer alone for years in silence. Until his younger brother, Tommy, is also declared “subnormal” and sent to the Zone following an accident.
Allied with a handful of fellow Zoners and free-thinkers from the outside world, the brothers defy the powers-that-be. Can they beat the odds and restore to the British people a freedom few can remember?
BOOK REVIEW SUBNORMAL by STUART KENYON
MY REVIEW.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 All it takes to be a classic!
I was recently fortunate enough to hear a radio interview with author Stuart Kenyon. His story, and what prompted it, fascinated and moved me enough to purchase ‘Subnormal’. I am utterly delighted that I did so.
This is Dark Dystopian fiction at its absolute best. I’ve long held Aldous Huxleys’ ‘Brave New World’, and George Orwell’s classic Nineteen eighty-four ‘1984’, as the benchmark for Dystopian novels, and this book will now be added to that very short list.
Much has been said about the complexities and excellent plot development of ‘Subnormal’ and I agree that they are superbly crafted.
However I was more drawn to the depth of this authors characterizations. Author Stuart Kenyon allows us to absorb his characters, soaking them in like an aged piece of blotting paper, at times leaving us saturated and emotionally flayed.
He has a deep and abiding empathy with those that are wrongly perceived as too different, and therefore deemed as somehow threatening and suspected of being imperfect, or only partially constructed, and accordingly unfit to belong to the inner-sanctum of what is widely perceived as ‘normal’.
Author Stuart Kenyon invites us to feel them sweat; we are there with them as they begin the embryonic stage of defiance. We shake at their confusion, and tremble with their fear, such is his mastery of his chosen craft.
The plot moves ever faster as the ending moves closer. This book left me short of breath. Better yet, it made me think. I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s gutsy, and the brilliant plot is terrifyingly possible.
Book 2 the ‘SUBNORMAL’ Great Britain as a Dystopian Society series is waiting, and I’m eagerly looking forward to reading it ‘SUPERNORMAL’
and Book 3 in the series is “Postnormal”