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Individutopia

A Novel Set in a Neoliberal Dystopia
Narrated by: Douglas Thornton
Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
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The #1 best-selling author has returned with an orwellian classic....

Beloved friend,

The year is 2084, and that famous Margaret Thatcher quote has become a reality: There really is no such thing as society. No one speaks to anyone else. No one looks at anyone else. People don’t collaborate, they only compete.

I hate to admit it, but this has had tragic consequences. Unable to satisfy their social urges, the population has fallen into a pit of depression and anxiety. Suicide has become the norm.

It all sounds rather morbid, does it not? But please don’t despair, there is hope, and it comes in the form of our hero: Renee Ann Blanca. Wishing to fill the society-shaped hole in her life, our Renee does the unthinkable: She goes in search of human company! It’s a radical act and an enormous challenge. But that, I suppose, is why her tale’s worth recounting. It’s as gripping as it is touching, and I think you’re going to love it....

Your trusty narrator,

PP

Perfect for fans of 1984 and A Brave New World. Not so great for neoliberals....

©2018 Joss Sheldon (P)2019 Joss Sheldon

Critic Reviews

 "Gloriously colourful" (The Canary)

"An exciting tale" (The Dallas Sun)

"Riveting" (Publishers Weekly)

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  • David S
  • 07-30-19

Hysterically Satirical, With A Serious Message

The current political climate gave me the urge to re-look into the writings of those like Sinclair Lewis and A.J. Cronin, and while I was doing so mentions of this book popped up. I’ve always been a big fan of works like 1984 and Brave New World, so as soon as I read the book description I thought it’d be right up my street.

I’m by no means an economist / politician / sociologist, but I do think of myself as leaning very much to the left. As a result of this I connected to the message underpinning the book - those that see themselves as more right wing might find this book to be irritating or obnoxious.

I really enjoyed my time with Individutopia. While it is not as meticulous and detailed in its world building as the authors and novels I mentioned above, I was nevertheless highly engaged in the narrative around the protagonist. Also, this book is blunt and transparent when it comes to the messages it is trying to convey. This is again, quite different from the novels mentioned above, but did not detract from my enjoyment at all. If you take the book for what it is, I think that going along for the ride is a lot of fun.

At first I worried that the narrator would irritate me, due to the tone and delivery. However, I quickly realized that he fit perfectly within the world of the book, and his narration ended up enhancing the humor of what was written.

This is the first book by Joss Sheldon, but after reading Individutopia, I’m probably going to go and read everything else he’s written now!