Synopsis: It is 2018. England has been struggling under a recession that has shown no sign of abating. Years of cuts has devastated Britain: banks are going under, businesses closing, prices soaring, unemployment rising, prisons overflowing. The authorities cannot cope. And the population has maxed out.
The police are snowed under. Something has to give. Drastic measures need taking.
The solution: forced sterilisation of all school leavers without secure further education plans or guaranteed employment.
The country is aghast. Families are distraught, teenagers are in revolt, but the politicians are unshakeable: The population explosion must be curbed. No more free housing for single parents, no more child benefit, no more free school meals, no more children in need. Less means more.
But it is all so blatantly unfair – the Teen Haves will procreate, the Teen Havenots won’t.
It’s time for the young to take to the streets. It’s time for them to RIOT:
OUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE, OUR BODIES, OUR FUTURE.
200words (or less) review: Sarah Mussi has done it again.
I didn’t think the adrenaline rush of SIEGE could be topped but reading Riot is like diving head first of a cliff. It never stops, from the first chapter till the last page. How Sarah Mussi doesn’t lose the tension in 350+ pages I do not know. It’s an amazing skill – something that guarantees her a spot on my insta-buy list.
Both main characters, Tia (our narrator) and Cobain are sympathetic but not faultiness i.e real. I particularly appreciated Tia’s character development from the idealised girl at the beginning of the book. Sarah Mussi has provided the first “villain” I’ve utterly detested. I don’t remember ever wanting to climb into a book to yell at someone so much. Of course they weren’t solely responsible but in regards to Tia I really want to step in. *grr*
Riot is one of the most horrifying books I’ve read, because the future Sarah Mussi has built is all too probable. That’s more terrifying than any horror story could ever be.