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Review: Justified State by Iain Kelly

September 18, 2019

About the book:

The future. The socially reformist Central Alliance Party rules unopposed.

Poverty and homelessness have been eradicated, but overpopulation, an energy crisis and an ongoing war jeopardise the stability of the country.

When a local politician is assassinated, Detective Danny Samson finds himself at the centre of an investigation that threatens not only his life, but the entire future of The State.

My thoughts:

Ah, I love a good sci fi, and I love a good murder mystery. And this is both. A cop drama set in the future… with futuristic technology and privacy concerns over a government state that knows everything about you.

What is intriguing to me is the question… how do you stage the perfect murder and get away with it in a future where every movement is tracked, public transport is recorded, cars are smart and drive themselves, and forensics is a simple matter of checking a database. Iain Banks navigates these questions with ease and creates a joyful read. With surprising action and a flawed hero, many questions are raised that leave you thinking long after the book is finished.

What if the government controlled the population ? What would that mean for ethics? for privacy? and for individual choice? What happens to the human mind when the body no longer functions properly. What is truly free about free will? What if you found out everything you believed was a lie?

And I just love a good cop novel. I’m looking forward the the second book coming out. A top read.


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  1. I might go and read these, sounds interesting. I donโ€™t usually go for SciFi. We will see.

  2. Laurie, would you like a copy of my new novel, Missing? Eversions and ePub.

  3. Reblogged this on Iain Kelly and commented:
    As well as my new novel being published this week, the first book in the trilogy, ‘A Justified State’ is still available on Amazon and my blogging friend, and fellow novleist Laurie has written a very welcome review on her blog, Rambles, Writing and Amusing Musings. Do check it out!

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