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In A Right State [Kindle Edition]

Ben Ellis
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Your information is being sold. And guess who's paying for it?

It's 2066, and living in a country where big corporations are constantly undressing you with their spies isn't much fun for Duncan. He remembers the days when information was protected, not sold to the highest bidder. When his illegal organic vegetable trade is discovered at the bottom of his garden in the town of Wigthorn, the tomatoes really hit the fan.

Amy works for Pharmara, the biggest pharmaceutical company in the UK, analysing user data. Yes, it's as boring as it sounds but she believes a little corporate access to personal information is a small price to pay to live in a post-tax, post-carbon, post-poverty world.

After all, if you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear ... right?

Poppy lives in Shaded Vale, a town rich enough to stay off the radar. Her father has some big plans to shake up the industrial power balance.

Thrown together by circumstance, Duncan, Amy and Poppy become tangled in a dangerous quest for truth with Pharmara Security hot on their heels. But if knowledge is power, how is it that those in power are such idiots?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2029 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LET3E8Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #554,531 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ben Ellis is from Worthing and writes in his spare time.

'In A Right State' is his debut novel.

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3.0 out of 5 stars In a Right State 27 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

"In A Right State" is a peculiar book, far from easy to review. In a nutshell, it's a dystopian twist on a future Great Britain, one where corporations rule the country and everything is focused on business and profit. The story opens, quite intriguingly, on one of the main characters, Duncan, as he follows with some trepidation the auction of his deceased wife's body parts: in a time when the wasteful past (our present) has been replaced by a heightened consciousness of our resources, CO2 emissions have been eliminated and solar power rules, the environmental cost of a burial or a cremation is unthinkable, hence the auctioning off of a body for research purposes. Waste not, want not.

The problem is, Duncan has a little secret that close examination of his wife's body will reveal: he grows real, organic vegetables in a plot under his home - and that makes him an outlaw, because only OGM food is the accepted norm, or rather the law. So he destroys the underground garden and runs away with a few bags of precious seeds, with the corporate police hot on his heels.

Amy, on the other hand, is the dutiful employee of a major corporation - she might not be happy about her non-existent career prospects, but she keeps being the good drone she's been taught to be, until the day her innocent workplace association with deceased Nicole - Duncan's wife - puts her under suspicion, and she decides to burn all bridges behind her, taking Duncan along in a mad flight that will put them in contact with the mysterious Colonel, a man who seems hell-bent on undermining the system.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly new 5 Aug. 2014
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In a Right State by Ben Ellis: The first thing that came to mind was Terry Gilliam’s classic futuristic film ‘Brazil’. Tied to a modern, but not necessarily exact, Orwellian state, but don’t for a moment think that its imagery is all dark, it certainly isn't. Ben has written a refreshingly clear, often amusing, and dare I say, not that far away story that could, with a little imagination . . . be true.
It is well written and does what it should, draw you in from the beginning. It doesn't take long to see where the plots heading, and it’s a journey you willingly take, because questions have to be answered!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable dystopian future read 14 Mar. 2015
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An interesting read this if you like your dystopian futures and even more intriguing if you come from Worthing (or Wigthorn as it's called in the book). The story draws you in nicely and intrigues you enough to get the pages turning. The characters are likeable and some of the future gadgets were brilliantly thought up, like the D N Away. I couldn't help but smile when references to the pier and Rutherfords nightclub cropped up too. A place I used to frequent on many a Friday and Saturday night when I was a lad!

All in all, it was an enjoyable read and a great effort for a first novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I must admit i thoroughly enjoyed this story 29 July 2014
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I must admit i thoroughly enjoyed this story, the concept is so far away but yet somehow it isnt, and to some extent its already happening.
I thought the characters were cool, i felt myself become quite attached to the females in the story, a certain 'splash around in a fountain' was fun. I recommend people to read this, its a good short book which gets you thinking about the way our culture is surely heading, delving into mr Ellis mind for a while is a little scary... but worth it.
p.s i love the cover..... read the book and look at it again!!!. Well done Ben
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