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Good points, but far too derivative .,
This review is from: Blind Faith (Hardcover)
The world is going to hell in a handbasket, of course - Our government gets more totalitarian and manipulative by the day, the ecology destroyed way past saving - and instead of worrying about this, we write trivial nonsense about ourselves on our blogs, obsess over inconsequential reality shows, continue to consume vast amounts of electronic crap. Elton nails our social ills accurately - the pointless government jobs so many of us do, focus-group government, the obsession with public demonstrations of grief, the decline in public manners. However, he really comes unstuck when trying to shoehorn all these issues into the good old post-apocalyptic dystopia. His post-global warming London has absolutely nothing new to offer, lifting themes and plots wholesale from a raft of science fiction classics - The plot is a mixture of '1984' and 'Farenheit 411', The descriptions of London living lifted from 'Make Room, Make Room' and 'The Machine Stops', etc. etc.
I'm presuming Elton thinks you haven't read any of these, which brings up my main criticsm of him as an author - his books constantly rail against the dumbing down of the culture: however, with books like this, he isn't really aiming too high himself. There are no original ideas whatsoever here.