It is a pleasure to welcome Matt Brolly to the blog today, as a part of the #Zero blog tour. Matt talks all about his favourite dystopian novels. I’m sure everyone has read at least one of them!
Zero by Matt Brolly is published by Canelo and is available to buy now here on Amazon.
Dystopian Novels by Matt Brolly
My latest novel, Zero, is set in a dystopian near-world future which has a zero tolerance approach to crime. I’ve always been interested in dystopian fiction and below is a list of five of my favourites.
I admit that I only came to this novel recently after the release of the film (which I’ve yet to see). I’ve read lots of Ballard’s work, and many of the themes explored in this book are reminiscent of his other dystopian novels. The dystopian world here is the High-Rise of the title, a luxury building whose inhabitants live on floors according to their wealth. The seemingly idyllic life of the high rise gradually descends into claustrophobia and classic Ballardian (I believe it is now officially a word!) violence.
It’s impossible not to include the classic tale of government surveillance and repression when talking about dystopian fiction. Set in a society governed by The Party, Winston Smith has to fight the constant surveillance of Big Brother as he strives for a different life. Even his thoughts are not safe as the Thought Police investigate every act of betrayal. I recently watched the stage production of 1984 and it reminded me how powerful, and forward thinking Orwell’s ideas were, especially as I left the theatre and everyone started texted Newspeak to one another as the CCTV cameras watched whirred above us!
Again, impossible to ignore this seemingly utopian world governed by The World State who control the world’s population. Citizens are classed into castes and have to accept their given role. Would you be an Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta or Epsilon? Maybe be one of the savages! So full of great ideas, I love this novel.
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
A very entertaining look at a future world whose inhabitants spend most of their time in a virtual reality world called OASIS. Wade Watts dreams of solving the treasure hunt left in Oasis by its creator James Halliday which could transform his life. When Watts solves the first puzzle, his life, both virtual and real, takes a dramatic turn as he struggles to solve the final clues which will unlock the fortune to be found within OASIS. Full of 1980’s pop culture references, a film adaptation is supposedly in production from Steven Spielberg’s studios.
Post-apocalyptic America is explored in this beautiful novel where a father and son struggle to survive in a world without a future. This enthralling novel contains two of the most harrowing scenes I’ve ever read. Full of sparse, beautiful prose this a stunning, must-read, novel.
Zero by Matt Brolly was published on 21st November by Canelo
About the Book
A zero tolerance policy results in the death penalty for all crimes, no matter how minor.
When a judge is kidnapped, and a ransom note demands the release of all prisoners awaiting execution, kleptomaniac Detective Inspector Kate Swanson is put on the case.
But soon her boss also disappears. Under increasing pressure from her superiors, and caught between the security services and the growing social unrest, Swanson must race to find a man whose murdered wife and daughter link the missing men.
Can she find him before it’s too late?
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