A conceivable, believable 25th century Britain - inspired!,
This review is from: Drayling (Kindle Edition)Before I begin, I have to say that Drayling is not the kind of book I'd usually choose or even one I'd consider on an off chance but on this occasion, I thought it couldn't hurt to try and I believe my decision was justified. Though not without its flaws, Drayling is a novel which really works has strong believable characters and a completely restructured dystopian future which is actually conceivable.
Throughout Drayling, the reader learns exactly how this new 25th century state works, complete with full breakdowns of the political and historical background to the current state, which can get a bit heavy but is wholly relevant when you reach the conclusion. The author's ability to imagine a completely new and advanced state is really remarkable and not something I could easily do, with all the intricacies so carefully worked out. In fact, the depth he goes to explain the intricacies of the system make the ending even more powerful.
My problems with the novel lie mainly in the political structure that the novelist has created, briefly towards the end, the mention of only men holding positions of power is mentioned but up until this point, the only female characters (two or three in total) are extremely peripheral and although they have their purposes, one character even refers to his wife as just that, `wife', which certainly didn't sit well with me but I have to concede it made sense in the context of the rest of the novel.
As the story picks up pace and more time is spent on action rather than discussing the possibility of action, this novel really comes into its own and of course, everybody loves a novel where it's near impossible to pre-empt the ending and this aim is most definitely achieved.
Bethan Townsend - The Kindle Book Review