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4.0 out of 5 stars Are you certain how you would behave in the circumstances?, 3 Dec. 2008
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Really more of a short story than a novel but one in which the author manages to cram more ideas into the 120 odd pages than some others manage in a whole series of books. First published in 2005 the subject matter of reality television is extremely modern but the feel of the story seems to owe more to the writing of the likes of George Orwell, Primo Levi and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

The initial concept is deliberately shocking and all to easy to believe but the writers real strength is in her ability to create such intense characters and situations with the minimum of words. You get very little information on the majority of the characters, in most cases you don't even get their names only their designated number, but they are all extremely recognisable.

The very shortness of the book is however where its main weakness lies. All these fantastic characters, ideas and possibilities just aren't developed and there is a certain disappointment associated with this. What you are left with however is a modern cautionary fable that is guaranteed to make you think.
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