Drayling by Terry J. Newman
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review.
Summary: The small district of Drayling, in 25th Century Britain, is typical of communities throughout the country, and its citizens live in harmony and contentment. However, the death of the Premier brings a significant shift in approach - which forces a small group of ordinary people to conclude that they have no alternative but to take radical action to protect their way of life.
This is their story.
Reality collides with fantasy and philosophy as they embark on a mission of suspense, danger, deceit and death - with far-reaching ramifications.
Drayling is a different kind of science fiction book - for the intelligent reader.
Review: A science fiction novel with a lot of buildup and not much action.
The summary of this book made it seem like it would a dystopian science fiction story with a good deal of action. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much in the way of action. I had been expecting more technology or at least space travel in 25th century Britain.Drayling focuses on a very small area of Britain, technically BFF or Britain Friendly Federation. There is a great deal of world building involved in the beginning of the novel in the guise of history lessons and talks between father and son.
I would have liked to see how the BFF was truly brought about, how the rest of the world was, and did the people of Britain accept the new rule without a fight or did they fight for their old way of life? Life in the BFF seems to be idyllic and without much labor, but they are giving away so much for that sense of peace and security. I really was expecting more when the action finally got going and people realized what their world was actually like. The book ends before any real action was taken against the government.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy science fiction stories that focus heavily on world building.