Lydia Brone, wrongfully convicted of the murder of her mother’s abusive boyfriend, is sentenced to three years confinement on the remote island of Kormace under the government’s new policy of exile for murders. Once on the island, Lydia, or Brone as she’s now known, finds a matriarchal society, under strict but benevolent rule, as the women there try to live in some semblance of order and community. But, all is not rosy. In addition to having to survive the natural perils of this uncharted land, they have to deal with the depredations of a group of vicious rebels, and an even scarier band of ogres, women who have reverted to a complete feral state.
Brone, a city girl, who had previously been reluctant to change her cat’s litter box, finds that she must become as harsh as her surroundings if she is to survive what, in effect, is a life sentence. In the process of transforming herself into a warrior and leader, she also finds relationships unlike any she’s ever had before.
The Feral Sentence by G.C. Julien is a chilling dystopian thriller, set in a time, some sixty years in the future, that tells not only of the individual and group will to survive, but implicitly, what can happen when those in power seek politically expedient ways to mete out justice.
This one will chill you to your marrow. I received a free copy of this book.
I give it four stars.
The Cause by Roderick Vincent will disturb most readers, but it’s the kind of disturbance that’s good for the soul. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.
In The Cause we meet Isse Corvus, who has risen from the ghetto to become first an LAPD cop, and is then accepted by the CIA. Soon after joining the Company, Corvus is invited to attend training at the Abattoir, where he meets the mysterious Seee and is exposed to a regimen of training and a train of thought that shakes him to his very core. Against the backdrop of increased government intrusion into the private lives of individuals, and the increased militarization of elements such as local police, we’re treated to a chilling story of individual growth and self-awareness and the often distorted views of what constitutes patriotism.
Your blood will alternate between chills and boiling as Corvus discovers how far he is able and willing to go for a Cause – a Cause that the reader is left to wonder if he truly understands. Although this story is set in the 2020s, it mirrors the headlines in our media today, and you’ll come away from it wondering how much was real and how much fiction.
A must-read for thriller fans – dystopian fiction at its best. I give it four stars.