Of all the dystopian novels I have read in recent years, Peter Liney's THE DETAINEE is one the best written, most engaging, heart-tugging and cinematic of all.
His main character, Clancy, is an ageing "Big Guy", someone whose muscles, whose physical stature once guaranteed him respect in the community but no more. Now, along with the rest of society's waste, he's been shipped out to live on Garbage Island. A victim of changing demographics, of the state no longer being able to support its weaker members, and a calamitous collapse of the financial institutions.
Punishment satellites watch over this outpost of hell 24 hours a day, handing out instant judgement to those who commit a crime or try to escape back to the Mainland.
Yet, worst of all, on nights when the fogs that frequently roll in off the sea are so thick that the satellites can't function, the elderly villagers are subjected to terrifying raids.
No situation could seem more bleak, less desolate, but with the discovery of Lena, a young blind woman, comes hope. Soon, Clancy's world turns around.
As Leonard Cohen so aptly wrote: "Love is the Engine of survival"
And as Peter Liney's beautifully poignant novel reveals, no matter how grim the situation, given the tiniest drop of hope, we will find a way to survive.
A MUST READ NOVEL I highly recommend to readers of all ages.