I’m so sorry this is going up so late in the day!! It’s just been one of those days 😂
Welcome to my stop on the tour for A Kinder City by Peter Taylor-Goody. Thank you to Zooloo’s Book Tours for the invite! Let me know what you think!
The City is governed by the grim law of profit and loss. No exceptions, no place for compassion, pleasure, the warmth of friendship or the ardour of love. David, an Enforcer committed to the Law, meets Sarah, a villager from outside, and begins to understand that a different, more joyful, life is possible.
A Kinder City tells the story of their tangled relationship and of how they fall in love, and of their struggle against Franklin, the richest man in Market World. If the only law is the market, why not sell everything – and that includes the air we breathe, the land we stand on, the water we drink? No exceptions. His giant factories spew forth the road beasts – the huge machines that devastate the lands beyond the City in pursuit of yet more wealth. Not content with cloning animals, he traps horses in exo-skeletons and works them to death. Torn between her growing passion for David and her revulsion at the City that he is pledged to protect, Sarah turns her back on him.
In despair, he confronts one of the convoys supplying Franklin’s mills and releases the horses trapped within the giant trucks. Pursued by terrifying security guards they escape to the Broken Lands and witness at first hand the desolation that results from ruthless strip-mining and industrial farming driven purely by greed, and the misery of the remaining villagers. In their struggle to survive and return to the City they discover the power of their love for each other. Sarah challenges Franklin to his face and, helped by David, sparks off rebellion among the poor of the City. Together they defeat Franklin. He must learn what it means to be destitute and alone in Market World. The possibility of building a kinder City lies within their grasp.
I’m officially a new fan of Peter Taylor-Gooby! A Kinder City is a fantastic dystopian novel that kept me invested from the start!
I read this in one sitting. I liked the concept of this dystopian thriller because it felt authentic and unique. I was addicted right away and with the fast pacing, it was too good to put down.
I LOVED the world building. It felt possible for this plot to happen and the author was able to transport me into the story. I could visualize everything I needed to without any info dumping or boring parts.
I could keep going on and on but I think it’s pretty clear I loved A Kinder City. Dystopian, when done well, is one of my favorite genres and this is a perfect example of why! Don’t miss out!
Thank you to Zooloo’s Book Tours for the free review copy. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
Peter Taylor-Gooby is a sociologist. He has published widely and made many TV and radio appearances. His novels deal with issues that matter – love, money, power and environmental disaster. He has worked on adventure playgrounds, in a social security office and as a teacher. He loves walking, cycling, writing and talking to his children.
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