Author: Tünde Farrand
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
Format: Paperback 288 pages
Release Date: 31 January 2019
Publisher: Lightning Books
My huge thanks to Dan Hiscocks at Lightning Books for sending me an advance review copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
London, 2050. The socio-economic crisis of recent decades is over and consumerism is thriving.
Ownership of land outside the city is the preserve of a tiny elite, and the rest of the population must spend to earn a Right to Reside. Ageing has been abolished thanks to a radical new approach, replacing retirement with blissful euthanasia at a Dignitorium.
When architect Philip goes missing, his wife Alice risks losing her home and her status, and begins to question the society in which she was raised. Her search for him uncovers some horrifying truths about the fate of her own family and the reality behind the new social order.
Wolf Country is a powerful dystopian vision in the spirit of Black Mirror and Never Let Me Go.
I love dystopian fiction and even more so when the future described in a book, like the one in this story, is one that is horrifyingly realistic. What makes the setting of this book even more scary, is that it’s only set in 2050 so not even that far in the future!
People are separated into various different social groups, low, mid and high spenders, and then at either end of the spectrum there are Owners at the very top and those whom do not even fall into the low-spender class and therefore are outcast from society to ‘the Zone’.
The world the author creates in this book completely drew me in and had me captivated with the realness of what she describes. This is such an interesting concept the author explores here and her descriptive writing enabled me fully to immerse myself with what it would be like living in this future. It really made me want to sit back and appreciate the simpler things in life.
Considering this is the authors first novel I thought it was very well put together. A truly thought provoking, wonderfully written book. I can’t wait to see what she writes next.
About the Author
Tünde Farrand grew up in Debrecen, a city in Hungary buzzing with culture, and an important hub of Hungarian literature.
She lived, studied and worked in several countries before settling in the UK in 2005, where she has continued to work as a language specialist and modern languages teacher. She gained an MA in Creative Writing from Sheffield Hallam University in 2016.
When not writing, she enjoys European and Japanese cinema, yoga, boxing and weight-lifting. She lives with her husband in Sheffield.
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