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By Simon on 02-04-17
Brolly's Brave New World
Brolly has done something quite interesting with this book. He has created a dystopian future in a fairly credible way where the lives of the populace are completely dominated by Zero Tolerance for crime. The method of execution of those convicted of even the most minor offences looms over the "City" and casts a constant shadow making this an atmospheric novel. Then Brolly has put a police procedural thriller into this future. As it's a relatively near future and development has been constricted there is virtually no new tech so apart from the societal changes and the executions it's a world that feels largely familiar.
The characters are decently drawn and fairly typical for the crime thriller genre though Swanson's kleptomania promises to provide some interesting sidelines as the series develops. Rachel Atkins does a very credible job with the narration. It's no easy ride in this one given that the lead character has damaged vocal chords!
If you can buy into Brolly's version of how the world has developed and I think most will, at least in a fingers crossed behind your back style, then this is a decent thriller with the dystopian background adding an interesting spice into the mix.
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