In a Right State

Ben Ellis. Ben Ellis, $10.99 trade paper (316p) ISBN 978-1-84914-563-3
Ellis’s debut romp through an unnerving dystopia uses common fears about big corporations to paint an eerie but plausible future. Duncan, recently widowed, is a small-time gardener with a big secret: he has been producing non-genetically-modified produce for years, which is unacceptable to the all-powerful Pharmara Corporation. Amy, a corporate cog gone rogue in the Pharmara machine, must track him down. Both are under watch by Pharmara Security, who are bent on removing them at any cost. Ellis writes with a keen eye for detail, and his prose wittily exposes the threats of this new world where nothing is private. His characters are ripe with personality; interspersed with the humor is a fast-paced, character-driven plot. Although it treads some familiar ground, Ellis’s work is a fresh response to the growing concern about big corporations, privacy, and the ever-watchful eye of the government. (BookLife)
Reviewed on: 06/27/2016
Release date: 11/01/2014
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