Yes me again! Sorry I’m kind of ambushing you recently with posts and reviews, I’m going through a rollercoaster of a time and books provide me with the perfect escape from real life.
“We have nothing to lose and a world to see.”
So this book isn’t a Challenge 2020 read! No, this is a book by Stanley Straub – I was asked to read this in exchange for an honest review. Now you may all remember that this isn’t the first book I’ve reviewed by this author – The Segmented Tail and The Trail in the Woods are amongst my reviews, so go and check those out as well!
WARNING: If politics and the uncertainty of the future planet Earth is enough to grind your gears then maybe stay clear of this book!
The year is 2998. There is a singular leader of the world. It’s time for the end of year party…we’ll that’s an understatement; it’s the year-end extravaganza. Where a select few people, including Tom Florin become nothing more than a statistic. That’s because he has been terminated. Not because he is a criminal, but because he is a human-being on planet Earth where the population is too big to control. Liberated punctuation is the term the government use for choosing and killing people to keep the population under control.
“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”Mahatma Gandhi
Fast forward to the year 3000 (hello to all my fellow Busted fans out there!) the new names chosen for ‘liberated punctuation’ have Ben’s published for all to see. It is quite an honour for most; being able to attend the year-end extravaganza and then being led to their glorious extermination during the half-time celebrations.
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”Oscar Wilde
16 year old Barbara is one of those whose name appears in this list and she isn’t best pleased about it. Neither are her family. So they set out on a mission – to remove Barbara’s name from the list and stop and remove The Terminus List from existence.
“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”John Muir
But removing those in power may be trickier than they first thought, especially when it’s not just humans they have to contend with…
“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”Mary Anne Radmacher
As soon as I was sent a blurb of The Terminus List, I was hooked. Not only is this science fiction, it also is full of political fiction too. This has to be my favourite Stanley Straub book so far! Full of twists and turns and drama as well as plenty of action! There are several groups all fighting for the right to rule the world and do as they see fit. It also shows how being the change you wish to see and make in the world will always have opposition, no matter how right you feel you are there is someone else willing to fight to the death about their opinion too.
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Until next time,