Best Dystopian Science Fiction Novels Reviewed By BookViral

"A gritty bullet-strewn vision of a world gone mad..."

Dystopian Science Fiction Novels
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  • Publisher: ‎ Olympia Publishers (28 Sept. 2023)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Paperback: ‎ 360 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1804393339
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1804393338
  • Genre:   Dystopian Science Fiction Novels

The BookViral Review:

A gritty bullet-strewn vision of a world gone mad Andrew Salter’s Island On Fire proves an intensely exciting read that works equally well as a thriller and dystopian fiction. It’s a criticism of Dystopian fiction that far too few authors try to be original with the majority delivering little more than a joyless trudge through formulaic territory but Salter isn’t one of them.

It’s a novel that more than delivers on the action front — not in a bang-for-your-buck kind of read but in resolute sequences that will have readers on the edge of their seats as Salter places them alongside his key characters. It’s engaging, thought-provoking stuff that fulfils the promise of dystopian fiction; characters do not wear strange costumes or visit the moon, and the cities are not shiny techno bubbles, but feel much like they are today, except tired and shabby as a war of attrition between the UK and the US grinds to a fragile truce.

Island On Fire is not a light read and exerts a fascination that demands attention even as you want to turn away. It penetrates deeply into the heart of darkness and it’s to Salter’s credit that he’s managed to incorporate religious zealotry and political fanaticism into the fabric of his narrative without losing his way and no loose ends.

Central to Island On Fire is Salter’s protagonist Mortimer.  Here again, he bucks the genre trend to give us a character who refreshingly doesn’t conform to the typical genre stereotype. He’s shamelessly flawed and through several shocking scenes we quickly come to feel his dilemma and lingering trauma when he finds himself turned from hunter to hunted.

On the run amongst a populace that has been anesthetized by mass media propaganda his path crosses with Franshell and it’s in the coming together of their respective backstories that Island On Fire is at its best. Here, the action scenes seem rooted in sweat and desperation. Salter gets the scent of fear and death just right, and nobody does anything that is particularly impossible. Death is swift and sudden and the struggle continues. People are rounded up and exterminated on mass and most disturbing some have turned to eating the flesh of their children to survive.

In reading Island On Fire you can’t help but wonder if the rule of law and the rights of men will be destroyed by sectarian fanaticism and if are we living in the last good times? What is certain is that the thing we have to fear most in the future is ourselves!

A powerful read with a gripping cliff-hanger ending Island On Fire will surely appeal to fans of original Dystopian Fiction and is unreservedly recommended!

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