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I first read this on the 25th January 201.
Hugh, Hope and their son Nick live in London a few years from now.
Everything has got so much worse. They live in a fearful, terrifying,
nanny state. There is ever-present, intrusive monitoring. This is
to keep you safe and on the right track and to avoid the appalling
horror of going off track. Monitor rings for pregnant women alerting
and recording if they smoke or drink. CCTV cameras in your home,
only as a protective measure; only to be used in case of a break-in
of course. A Free and fair society guaranteed because the government
makes the decisions that of course you would have made if you'd had
Hope is pregnant and is hesitating about taking the "fix", the little
medical tablet that will cure and prevent many common diseases in her
unborn child. This genetic engineering will make her child healthier
and possibly more intelligent. She doesn't know why she is so averse
to taking it. That's part of the problem, because when it comes to
the attention of the Social Services, that unformed reluctance could
begin to look like bad parenting. And the social services are very
strict, very strict indeed, on bad parents.
Hope's difficulties reveal Hugh's own problematic secrets. Shortly
after that leaves him not just under the eye of the Social, but in
the hands of the military.
Ken has created a classic story in this gruelling fairy tale of a
dystopian, near-future UK. It's wonderful. I'd rather like a sequel
or indeed a prequel. There's so much more I want to know about this
Loaded on the 31st January 2015.