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crime and therapy
on 21 November 1999
I actually thought this was rather wonderful. The world Bear creates (which is just 50 years into our future) is believable and frightening. The 'newspeak' works, I think, constantly reminding us that we are in a world which is different from ours, but has evolved from it. The novel is more than just a thriller and contains some very interesting stuff on the nature of free will, evil and the purpose of punishment (if there is one). It took a little while to get into it, but once engaged I was well int 'sneaking off for a quick read when I should have been doing something else' mode.