“No Child of Mine” is a story of a father’s journey to save his child from a totalitarian regime, who is in order to bury the truth prepared to exterminate an entire generation.
57th Year of the true leadership of The Ordained Liberating Party; or Year 2273 by the old calendar.
“The Collapse” took millions of lives and most of the country’s farming lands, bringing the surviving population of the island to the brink of starvation.
Out of the aftermath of the chaos and anarchy, a new state had emerged, known as The Federation Britannia, run by the single and unopposed Ordained Liberating Party.
The division of the country’s orphanages for children of “the true citizens” and children of “the enemies of the state” began the clearance of the questionable element, and bloody years of the Age of Cleansing had finished the purge, leaving behind a perfectly obedient electorate that marched every year in the Liberation Day parades, praising the Party’s leadership and following the Party’s every directive.
The rule of the Party is absolute. Its tool of compliance, the State Security Unit, is feared.
Tom isn’t a frightened follower, he is a true believer. He loves the Party with all his heart. He trusts in the Party’s wisdom. The Party had raised him, rewarding his devotion and love with a lucrative engineering job, and after the approval for the Procreation licence, it also granted him a family.
But the unexpected midnight visit by the State Security to his flat, questions asked and blood samples collected, unsettles Tom more than he likes to admit, and the following day, whilst investigating the “black uniforms” interest, Tom witnesses the State Security troops, led by the familiar officer, marshalling the children from his daughter’s nursery, packing them into trucks and taking them into the unknown.
At that moment Tom is forced to make a decision: either to follow the Party directive and to surrender his child into its plenary care or to protect what he loves and run.
But there’s nowhere to run. There’s no escape from the island or from the complete control of the Ordained Liberating Party.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Olga Gibbs is a mental health expert who has experience of working with disturbance in adolescents and young people. Using her Masters in Creative Writing, she explores taboo topics such as borderline personality and social effective disorder, effects of abuse and insecure attachment in young people and the inner world which is so rarely spoken about. She was born and raised in USSR and now lives in UK. Olga Gibbs is also a creative writing coach and mentor. Please visit author website http://www.OlgaGibbs.com for more information on upcoming books.
This dystopian novel set in the year 2273 in what used to be England describes what happens when a government has too much control and takes away all the freedoms of its citizens. Insert an epidemic into this and life gets even more impossible. Tom is an extreme loyalist, but then things start happening that cause him to question everything. However, he is scared to speak or even think anything that is contrary to what the government tells him. Growing up in the old USSR, the author would have some experience with this and it is well conveyed here. The absolute power the government in this story has over its citizens is well portrayed. The fear that one word, thought, or even a facial expression could cause the government to end the characters lives permeates this book. The themes conveyed in this story are about fighting back against tyranny and sacrifice in the face of evil.
This is not a happy, feel good book, but it does remind me of some regimes that have existed and still do exist in the world. Fans of dystopian and political fiction should give this one a try.
I received a free copy of this book via Zooloo’s Book Tours. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.
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4 thoughts on “Blog Tour and Book Review: No Child of Mine”
This sounds to be right up my alley 🙂
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I thought of your book as well when I read this one.
Thank you so much for this fab review and for taking part in the tour today! x
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You’re welcome, Zoe!