In the Britain of a few tomorrows' time, physical perfection is commonplace and self improvement has become an extinct expression: all the qualities men and women could aspire to can be purchased prior to birth. Genus is a time of genetic selection and enrichment - life chances come on a sliding scale according to wealth. For some there is no money or choice, and an underclass has evolved; London's King's Cross, or The Kross as it is now known, has become a ghetto for the Unimproved. In The Kross, the natural, the dated, the cheap and the dull, live a brittle and unenviable existence. But unrest is growing; tension is mounting and a murderer is abroad in these dark quarters....
Acclaimed author Jonathan Trigell's third novel is a breathtaking tour de force, exploring a dystopia of the not-too-distant-a future which will leave readers wondering not "what if", as the original audience of Huxley's Brave New World did, but "when".
"A compelling narrative, a beautifully structured piece of writing, and a thought-provoking novel of ideas. It's a wonderful debut." (Sarah Waters, Chair of the Judges for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize on Boy A)
"A fine and moving debut novel...compulsively readable...a rare treat." (The Independent on Boy A)
"Does for extreme winter sports what Alex Garland's The Beach did for backpacking." (Financial Times on Cham)
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