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Blue Friday by [French, Mike]
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"This clever, beautifully written story vacillates between black humour, which can be very funny indeed, and the cognitive dissonance of an unlikely dystopia which is all too familiar. The story walks a fine line between deep psychology and light-hearted farce. " - The Compulsive Reader

"A rare and rattling good read - from the Kafkaesque duo of Brittle and Stone to the innocent boy Faron, these characters get under your skin and into the deep dark recesses of your mind. Surreal, fast, witty, satirical and brutal. All a dystopia fan could wish for!" Author Frances K Brown

"Breathtaking, dystopian, nightmarish and sometimes downright scary: George Orwell for the 21st century." Author & Poet George Polley

"A great mix of humour and sinister 'what if's'." Writer's Little Helper

"A whizz of a slick, smooth read satirising the modern quest for the work-life balance with real finesse ... a well executed ballroom dance, light (in the most positive sense), well directed, sharp and elegant." Juxtabook

About the Author

Mike French is the owner and senior editor of the prestigious literary magazine, The View From Here which has been called many fine things since it started in 2007 including, "Attractive, informative, sparkling and useful" by Iain M. Banks and for having a "great passion and drive" by Booker shortlisted Tom McCarthy. Mike's debut novel, The Ascent of Isaac Steward came out in 2011 with Cauliay Publishing and was nominated for The Galaxy National Book Awards which due to an unfortunate clerical error was awarded to Dawn French. Born in Cornwall in 1967, Mike spent his childhood flipping between England and Scotland with a few years in between in Singapore. Splitting his time between his own writing, editing the magazine, running author workshops and working with atp media in Luton, Mike is married with three children and a growing number of pets. He currently lives in Luton in the UK and when not working watches Formula 1, eats Ben & Jerry's Phish Food and listens to Noah and the Whale.

Product Details

  • File Size: 401 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Elsewhen Press (August 31, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 31, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0094ONKVE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,714,053 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What will the "civilized" world look like in 2034? Could the world author Mike French creates in his fine new novel actually happen? Frighteningly enough, it could. In some ways is it already here? Eerily, yes, perhaps depressingly so in the UK, where Mike French lives and writes. This is an unforgettable story, much in the same way that George Orwell's great "1984" was (and is), and Haruki Murakami's three volume masterpiece "1Q84" is. Breathtaking, dystopian, nightmarish and sometimes downright scary, it's . . . well, read it for yourself and see.
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Mike French's Blue Friday is dystopian science fiction. It's a clever, shocking and darkly humorous story about a near future society in which society has gone too far to protect family values and family time. The author has managed to create a disturbing vision about a possible future where the state controls people and their lives.

Here's a bit of information about the society in Blue Friday:

The year is 2034. A person has to be married before the age of 25 or he/she will have to agree to an arranged marriage. Working overtime is illegal and if a person is found working overtime, the agents of the Family Protection Agency will take care of the workers. People have to watch re-runs of old family friendly TV shows. Although things have gone too far, there's hope for the people, because Leviticus, Covenant and the Overtime Underground Network help people to work overtime.

And here's a bit of information about the characters:

The main character is Trent aka Leviticus. He kills the previous Leviticus and becomes a hunted man. He and his girlfriend, Keturah, go into hiding and become almost like Adam and Eve. Trent secretly works against the state and their overtime policy. Covenant is a flirty computer/artificial intelligence. Covenant helps Trent and also causes tension between Trent and Keturah.

I found it interesting that Mike French wrote about a futuristic Adam and Eve situation in this book (Trent and Keturah can clearly be seen as modern Adam and Eve in a future society). This biblical situation is explored in an interesting way, because Trent and Keturah live in isolation.

It was also interesting that Mike French's previous book, The Ascent of Isaac Steward, was mentioned in this book.
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