I bought this book on my way to Malta and I just cannot put it down (almost finished). It’s a brilliant story in the style of Orwell’s 1984, only the future is After the Flood (global warming) and the biggest problem the main character has to face is the complete absence of privacy. Emoting is the in thing and people are uploading videos of their birth (with shaved cooch and all) as well as of the first time they popped the cherry. Here’s Amazon‘s synopsis (because I cannot be bothered to write one at this hour)…
Imagine a world where everyone knows everything about everybody. Where ‘sharing’ is valued above all, and privacy is considered a dangerous perversion. Trafford wouldn’t call himself a rebel, but he’s daring to be different, to stand out from the crowd. In his own small ways, he wants to push against the system. But in this world, uniformity is everything. And even tiny defiances won’t go unnoticed. Ben Elton’s dark, savagely comic novel imagines a post-apocalyptic society where religious intolerance combines with a sex-obsessed, utterly egocentric culture. In this world, nakedness is modesty, independent thought subversive, and ignorance is wisdom. A chilling vision of what’s to come? Or something rather closer to home?
Just came across an excellent excerpt from the book:
Trafford, and everyone who preferred a quiet life, had learned early on that those who were most vigorous in upholding their right to do what they chose were the first to consider themselves disrespected if anybody should seek to uphold their right not to be inconvenienced by them.