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3.0 out of 5 stars A fine tale, spoiled by poor production, 10 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Intrusion (Paperback)
TL;DR: Intrusion is a five-star tale recounted with four-stars, presented with one-star typography.

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Intrusion is a great tale. Its chief themes -- the intrusion of the State and the decadence of the Rule of Law -- are set out in a way that concedes very little to the conspiracy theorists among us, but are easy to imagine as actually possible, and, for that, all the more frightening. And while the origin of this dystopia is socialist, this book should be carefully read by Theresa May, as well as by Yvette Cooper. And, of course, everyone else at Westminster.

Although the ending left me speechless with anger, the "Defeat in Victory" (Should that be "Victory in Defeat"? No.) was not, I think, as well told as that of Axel Heyst or Winston Smith, and Intrusion is not, I feel, destined to occupy equal space with Victory, 1984, or Brave New World.

I found the reading, sometimes, a bit less than fluid, although it must be said that there are some brilliant moments. The first torture scene, over before you even realise what's going on, is brilliantly recounted. And the many cameos of a possible future life (a twenty-pound coin for two drinks; "covered" schools; "suicide bombers" who don't actually kill anyone but themselves) add spice. But overall, I felt it a bit laborious to read.

This difficulty was severely compounded by the paperback edition I read (the item reviewed). The obtrusively coarse paper, the ugly (in my opinion) typeface -- Goudy -- and the 16-point leading all made the physical act of reading unpleasant, and as a result I took six hours to read what should have been a four-hour book.

You must read it, but read the Kindle or other ebook edition, or find a different publisher, not Orbit, for a soot-on-dead-trees copy.
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