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Hedon by [Werbeloff, Jason]
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Readers' Favorite Reviews: 5 Stars (readersfavorite.com/book-review/hedon)

"This is a story of a dystopian society that's as politically depraved as anyone could ever desire ... This is storytelling at its best ... characterization, dialog, descriptive narrative, pace, plot and subplot interaction and conclusion ... simply all the pieces fit - perfectly."

"Hedon is a one of a kind dystopian novel that combines a unique plot, brilliant setting and gripping characters."

"The great accomplishment of indie authorship and self-publishing is that books like Hedon by Jason Werbeloff will not only be written, but they also provide for a reading experience beyond the limits imposed by traditional publishers."

About the Author

Jason Werbeloff is a novelist and philosopher. He loves chocolate and his Labrador, Sunny. He's interested in the nature of social groups, personal identity, freedom, and the nature of the mind. His passion is translating philosophical debate around these topics into works of science fiction, while gorging himself on chocolate.

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  • File Size: 3238 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 18, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00RC77QQK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,992 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am a voracious and fickle reader of science fiction but this is one novel that will remain in my mind (and on my shelf) for a very long time. Werbeloff has created an eerily plausible world where the tech is integrated so seamlessly that you almost forget it's there. He excels at writing unique characters that are nonetheless firmly grounded in reality. The action is fast-paced and gritty, making for immersive reading that stirs up a host of feelings; some of them not entirely pleasant - but isn't that why we read?

What really impressed me is that the novel handles complex ideas around happiness, sexuality and bigotry with finesse: these themes are presented succinctly and with no hint of an agenda. I am also a Buddhist and I especially loved the author's interpretation of compassion taken to extremes!

It's difficult in any genre to find fiction with an addictive story, solid characters and mind-blowing ideas. "Hedon" achieves this holy grail. It is a thoroughly satisfying read.
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Taking the Utilitarian obsession with maximising happiness to its logical conclusion, 'Hedon' cleverly presents an entire society constructed around the prioritization of happiness, where this is enforced by the state and has all manner of interesting implications. There is gore, there is humour, there is prejudice, there is intrigue, there is much to take you to the edge of your seat. This novel is bold in its imagination, but also action-packed and full of colourful, terrible, likeable and grotesque characters. I think it would make a great movie and I found it very hard to put down (eventually I gave up trying and just finished it)
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HEDON

Whether one chooses to pronounce Hedon with the short ‘e’, as in HEAD-ON, or the long ‘e’, as in HEDONISM the message is stark, compelling and frankly terrifying. HEDON is clearly prophetic. It compels us to consider an other world. One in which pleasure is demanded, monitored and its absence punished. In my world, till now, pleasure taking is a choice I indulge or refuse. A Post Nuclear Disaster World? Surely not something that will touch me...and perhaps not for now. However, fascist dystopias already dominate: Africa; from the top down; Libya, Egypt, Mail, Western Sahara, Chad...Central America – most if not all, Eastern Europe...USA – believe it or not – thinly veiled in ‘we care’. And on and on and on around the world. HEDON is perhaps a late prophecy for those of us still paddling through the comfort of illusion.
Much of Jason Werbeloff philosophical thought is clear in the conflicts between characters and their situations. His characters are powerful – some even so in their defencelessness. They are visible and sometimes I smell them when the threat is too close.
HEDON is a book about real people, about love in the time of fear, about homosexuality, about depraved perversions and cruelty. And about hope, if you read the subtext very, very carefully. Dystopian to its core HEDON is an excellent thought provoking read.
I have followed this writer’s The Solace series, his short stories and his news letter. Hedon is certainly the best yet.
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The fundamental belief "Put the needs and concerns of others first regardless the cost to ones own self". What a great thing to base a future society on, just two problems. Make it a "requirement" and not out of love for your citizens to be able to live, add in severe over population and you have a recipe for a world that on the surface might seem utopian, but underneath is just as messed up and corrupt as the life that has always existed! Hedon will take you to that world, entrench you in it and make you hate it!

In a state of over population females and babies have a negative life value and are controlled by the government, which for obvious reasons makes life for males awful. You really feel for the characters as they try to function in this backwards society and do their best to maintain their efforts to care and do more for others instead of themselves to gain credits to live, but is that sustainable or is the old life outside of the walls really better? or is human selfishness and sin the root of what people really want, and will that win out?

The characters struggle through the requirements forced on them by society and contrast them with what their hearts and feelings tell them they really want. What will win out in the end and can they come up with a better way to deal with the overpopulation, class systems and sexual desires. You see a clash of cultures, classes and future embedded technologies that really screw up life. However; Love musters all it can to survive and finds help along the way in strange places, but it will need all the help it can get to make it through a force that in corrupted by the demented memories of citizens whose death is looked on as a good thing with individual human life only worth what it can do for society.
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This book is a must read. It was well written, ground breaking and intriguing. I initially had trouble believing that the world and it's people could turn out that way. But, with the right set of circumstances, as in Hedon, it is perhaps just a few notches away from where we are. It could be here.
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