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The Product Paperback – September 25, 2016
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"This is a well-paced, descriptive offering ... I find it to be something of a blessing, insofar as it accomplishes its goals and doesn't overlylinger in an attempt to do too much. I recommend it to anyone, and Ispecifically recommend it to anyone who is looking for fiction from theSuperversive movement" ~ Tangent Online
"There is a hardness to the setting and the ideas here that is reminiscent of Ayn Rand" ~ Castalia House Blog
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As a paralegal by day, I was rooting for the government at first. I've seen the terrible things that drug addictions do to people. And promoting drug use makes me cringe.
I won't spoil the surprise, but let me say this is no ordinary drug. And by all means lets have everyone become a user.
The story revolves around Kevin, a dealer, and his girlfriend, Lilly, and their struggles in the overbearing world they live in. Lilly is new to the criminal side of life and has to work with the people damaged by re-education centers and an ex-girl friend to rescue Kevin after he is captured. And they both have to learn to trust each other in order to have a somewhat normal life.
The one thing that I love about Marina's writing is her characterizations. The people feel real and have the same basic worries that anyone might given the situation. It makes it easy to step into their shoes and experience what they are.
And the situations where the criminal is being led through the streets, being yelled at and having disgusting things thrown at him, could have been ripped out of any history book.
This is a must read for anyone who wanted 1984 to have a happier ending.
The near-future dystopia portrayed is a mix of "1984", "Brave New World", and the fantasies of some "deep ecologists". Some of its obsessions are readily recognizable in present-day society. In general, the novel strives for verisimilitude more than sensation, as did her debut.
Language is terse, sometimes abrupt, in keeping with the mood of the story.
While "Chasing Freedom" was published independently, "The Product" is the debut release of a new small press, "Superversive".
Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
But humans weren't created to be oppressed, and that's where the product comes in. The dealers of the product are the subjects of this novella. It begins with the main character, Kevin, running to escape his oppressors. Without giving spoilers its difficult to explain in a review what exactly "The Product" is. Suffice to say that in this gray and dark environment, beams of light, color, action and sound find their way to those whose hearts tell them that things aren't meant to be the way they are.
These young humans, whose only notion of the way we live today comes from illegal stories handed down through untold generations, either stay in the gray, or fight their way to something better, through great danger & loyalty to their friends and trusted mentors.
Though darker than Fontaine's debut novel, Chasing Freedom, The Product is similar. It is the same tale in a vastly different time and setting--the story of humanity's yearning and fight to be free.
If you are like me, after reading this book you will want to buy this hideous Melissa & Doug Royal Princess Puppet With Detachable Wooden Rod for Animated Gestures to scream at about all of your failures and broken dreams.
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The Product is an awesome book, and a short one too.Read more