An overcrowded planet
Dominant corporations controlling food, medicine and work
Those on the outside scrabbling to survive
In this companion novel to The Keepers Pauline Kirk captures the stark reality of a world that is not too far away.
Jude is a skilled member of The Corporation’s security force. Cracks are beginning to appear in the system and dissatisfaction is growing. Soon even Jude begins to doubt the benevolence of the omnipotent Corporation to which she is pledged until the day she dies. In this world of subterfuge, traitors and spies, trusting the wrong person can be a death sentence. Jude has to learn to trust and to earn the trust of people who have every reason to be suspicious of an agent of The Corporation.
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From Susie Williamson on Goodreads:
A thought provoking and thrilling future dystopia
England, 150 years in the future, and Jude is preparing for life with the man she is supposed to bond with. The sky scraper refuge is home, and she is a valued, obedient worker, until the day her well-organised existence is shaken. Sent on a secret mission deep into the heart of the Corporation, to report on possible corruption, her loyalties are put to the test.
This is a compelling page turner, with all the subterfuge of a spy novel. As with all good dystopia novels, ethical questions are raised, in this case, the question: what is the value of human life, and are any lives expendable? It is a chilling account of the power of propaganda, as Jude’s courage and humanity are tested. The world inside the refuges demands conformity and living your designated role; outside is an unenviable place.
Jude is a strong main character, relatable and with plausible motivations that carry the twists and turns of the novel with ease. Her personal journey was one I felt greatly invested in, rooting for her each step of the way and wanting to know more about the choices she faced. The futuristic setting is highly imaginative, yet so richly described that it felt familiar. A compelling read and one I would highly recommend.