Happy Hump day all! halfway there, nearly at the weekend. But in the meantime, I have yet another great review for you, this time of Robyn’s Egg by Mark Souza, a futuristic dystopian thriller….
In a dismal future driven by corporations, where most citizens are human billboards focused on status and entertainment, Moyer and Robyn Winfield struggle to attain a baby. Moyer doubts he will make a good father. His wife Robyn, however, is frantic for a child, and Moyer wonders how long his marriage will survive without one. In an age when babies must be cloned and purchased, the high cost almost makes the point moot.
When his wife learns their friends negotiated the price of their baby, she sends Moyer to Hogan-Perko, a corporation with a monopoly on human cloning, to negotiate for their child, and Moyer finds himself face to face with Viktor Perko – The Father of Mankind. The cost for their baby – all of their savings and the promise of a favor. Moyer agrees and is soon asked to spy on Perko’s enemies.
This book kept me hooked from the first few words. Dystopian novels are fast becoming one of my favourite genres, because of the freedom of imagination they offer. And the author does not disappoint in doing just that with this one. The world is set up over the first few paragraphs, and the tension is felt almost immediately; the unease of this new world settling into your bones. You feel for the main character straight away, and all the characters are believable and crisp. There is also a good balance of description and dialogue, with neither taking centre stage. I also liked how the storyline of this future society ran so closely with our own, bringing in moral issues both spoken about and spoken of less. The writing flowed very well, and was smooth and polished. The twists and turns of the story were fantastic as well, sending the characters on a roller-coaster of events and stomach-flipping falls.
While I enjoyed the story, I felt that it almost wasn’t quite original enough. It would have been nice to see some differences from other dystopian worlds I have read about, rather than lots of the things we have come to expect. I also felt that as the story drew towards it’s conclusion, there was just a little bit too much going on at once to really take in what was happening. It would have been better to take a few things away and leave it cleaner.
I thought this was a great read, and another to add to my rapidly increasing selection of dystopian novels. The author has weaved a clever tale with a moral issue at it’s heart, and brought up many of the issues we deal with today. I couldn’t put this book down from the moment I picked it up, and I would recommend this to anyone who loves dystopian futuristic novels, but wants the added twist of an exciting thriller.
I give this novel……4/5 Stars!