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Aso [Paperback]

Lindsey Mackie
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20 Nov 2008
It has taken ruthless dedication for Rachel Develin to achieve her elite status as a Fidelis Officer in ASO, a society born from the remains of old Britain. Here in 2050, the role of the family has been redefined and, under the leadership of Magnamater Beatrice, people live in age-related regions. In Abovo, trained professionals named Maters rear all children before they graduate to Suris, where they stay and contribute until they reach 55 and are obliged to resort to Olim. It is a time of limited resources when all energy and water supplies are strictly controlled, each garment is recycled and every child is an eagerly awaited prize.Rachel's highly developed physical and intellectual abilities have always commanded respect, but privately the strain is now telling. While her fragile union with Ben has survived his infidelities, she struggles to suppress the need to be with her daughter, Bera, and to ignore the growing social unrest. Her latest assignment begins with a routine interrogation, but her investigations are forced in a more unpredictable direction by the unaccountable death of her superior officer, Josie Kitchener, with whom she has had a long and volatile relationship. Her discoveries, and the punishments she must administer and endure, force stark choices that irreversibly challenge her loyalties and threaten the stability of ASO itself. This book is accompanied by a CD featuring original music tracks written and performed by the author.

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (20 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906510458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906510459
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,114,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lindsey Mackie comes from Yorkshire and studied English at the University of East Anglia. An award-winning singer, musician and writer of many songs and acclaimed short stories, she now lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and two daughters. ASO is her first novel. Its accompanying original soundtrack introduces you to her music.

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From the moment I opened the cover, I was hooked by Lindsey Mackie's dystopian descriptions of a post-apocalyptic Britain and the emotions that define us as human beings, no matter how our society is shaped.

The setting is Britain, circa 2050. A series of terrorist attacks has caused massive environmental and biological degradation that has forced the restructuring of society for the purpose of maximizing resources and ensuring social order. Mackie's vision is all-too-easy to imagine and therefore creates a grip on the reader that begins on page one and leaves one wishing for more by the novel's end.

The plot follows Rachel, an Angelina Jolie-like law-enforcement officer, as she investigates a series of murders that leads her to uncover an unimaginable plot against the citizens of the UK.

Infused into this mystery/thriller is a touching and emotional look at the strained relations between husband and wife and the impossible-to-extinguish deep maternal bond a mother has with her child.

The thrilling climax leaves the reader wishing there was a sequel to explain in even more detail what happens next!

All in all, this is a fantastic read with a powerful message about our future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable book! 18 May 2009
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This is a science fiction book which actually makes you think about how we live now. A fascinating and thought-provoking novel. Very enjoyable and recommended. The CD is a nice addition and well worth a listen.
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