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"Rivetingly intelligent and thought-provoking Dystopian Fiction"

Post Plague Dystopian Fiction

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  • Publisher: ‎ Rhapsody Press (24 Oct. 2023)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Paperback: ‎ 264 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1736738747
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1736738740
  • Genre:   Post Plague Dystopian Fiction

The BookViral Review:

“True evil was the sin of hubris, the ravages of leadership and power, of dominance and organization, the mass insanity of mass persuasion!”

There are so many pallid novels masquerading as Dystopian fiction, written by authors who are happy to recycle trite genre tropes to fuel the mood for dystopian doom and gloom, that “A Very Religious Man” arrives like a fresh new dawn.

A novel that will keep your bedside light burning long into the night it is satisfying on so many levels that it stands shoulder to shoulder with the likes of George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and is a fine example of how an author in tune with his genre can redeem its mainstream clichés.

First of all, a powerful and poignant story about the choices we make in life and the choices that other people make for us A Very Religious Man follows on from The Cage in which Smith introduces us to his dystopian setting and the diametrically opposed lives of those living in The City, under the auspices of the insidious Corporation and those living in the estranged town of Andersonville.

As with The Cage, A Very Religious Man’s opening chapters sets up the plot, leaving a lot of time to deal with the characters and learn about them. Andersonville isn’t a place of black-and-white morality or good and bad people with absolutely no shades of grey and consequently, the characters and their storylines are refreshingly believable.

Many we have met before but into the mix come Brother Tom and the eerie character of Marco and with them, the persuasive presence of religious doctrine opens up a granular plot thread that threatens the foundations upon which Andersonville has grown. A community who are deeply suspicious of outsiders and stubbornly dedicated to their rural lifestyle, with its horses and carriages and gas lanterns instead of electricity.

Through the Word Smith plants thoughts in our heads that disturb us, and, like all the best dystopian fiction, they serve as a magnifying device for an examination of the present as he explores what it really means to be free. It’s about people, whose lives have dignity and whose choices matter to them. But progress is inescapable and when Agnes and Max challenge the status quote with their dreams of bringing electricity to the home of Andersonville the plot elements work together so well that something organic happens and we find ourselves inside Smith’s story alongside his characters.

Whilst primarily a work of dystopian fiction it is also an intelligent and perceptive love story. It’s not one of those romances where the man and woman fall into each other’s arms because their hormones are programmed that way, is not made out of clichés. It’s about two independent, complicated people who begin to love each other because they have a shared dream, they work well together and they respect each other. This is Max and Agnes’ story but Smith never loses sight of the central message of A Very Religious Man – if life is to be fully lived, he tells us, it will always involve some pain.

Rivetingly intelligent and thought-provoking, whilst the Dystopian elements alone are praiseworthy the underpinning social commentary will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, A superb release in Smith’s ongoing series A Very Religious Man is an unreservedly recommended Golden Quill read.

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