The WindUp Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi

Summary: Future dystopian novel set in the Kingdom of Thailand, in a world where calories are king, fast travel is mainly by kink-spring propelled vehicles, and factories are powered by genetically-modified elephants/yaks known as megodonts. Main Characters: Anderson Lake: Calorie-man extraordinaire, ostensibly he is in the Kingdom to run a factory. In reality, he is … Continue reading The WindUp Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi

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The Never Dawn – R E Palmer

The Never Dawn – R E Palmer Summary: This is the first in a YA dystopia trilogy. There are very strong echoes of 1984 here,  as we follow the life of Noah (all character names are biblical, by the way). Genders are kept separated, and all are under the control of “Mother”. Main Characters: Noah: … Continue reading The Never Dawn – R E Palmer

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

"O brave new world, that has such people in't!" – proclaims Miranda, in Shakespeare's The Tempest, as she sees the shipwrecked courtiers. For me, this book is a savage twist on that play.   Brave New World. I was reading a lot of the classics at this time (all of Orwell – Road to Wigan … Continue reading Brave New World – Aldous Huxley