Welcome to my spot on the tour for No Child of Mine by Olga Gibbs! Thank you to Zooloo’s Book Tours for the copy of this book and the opportunity to be on the tour. Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments.
“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.
No Child of Mine is a political dystopian thriller set in the year 2273 in England. I love how Olga Gibbs sets the stage early on and draws the reader into the story. When I read, I want to feel like I’m with the characters, and this is how I was able to feel in No Child of Mine. I really enjoy dystopian when it is original, and this political dystopian has a very unique plot line that kept me invested all the way through.
I won’t go into detail about the plot, because I think it’s better for you to just find out on your own. However, this was a surprising and compelling novel that had elements I wasn’t expecting. There is a sinister atmosphere, and it was very difficult to set the book down because all I could think about was figuring out what was happening.
Mysterious, suspenseful, and compelling, with characters that are well-developed and intriguing, No Child of Mine is worth the read. I hope you will give it a shot and love it as much as I did!
Thank you to Zooloo’s Book Tours for the review copy and the opportunity to honestly review this book on the tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
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.
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