IN A RIGHT STATE – novel
Your information is being sold. And guess who’s paying for it?
It’s 2066, and living in a country where big corporations are constantly undressing you with their spies isn’t much fun for Duncan. He remembers the days when information was protected, not sold to the highest bidder. When his illegal organic vegetable trade is discovered at the bottom of his garden in the town of Wigthorn, the tomatoes really hit the fan.
Amy works for Pharmara, the biggest pharmaceutical company in the UK, analysing user data. Yes, it’s as boring as it sounds but she believes a little corporate access to personal information is a small price to pay to live in a post-tax, post-carbon, post-poverty world.
After all, if you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear … right?
Poppy lives in Shaded Vale, a town rich enough to stay off the radar. Her father has some big plans to shake up the industrial power balance.
Thrown together by circumstance, Duncan, Amy and Poppy become tangled in a dangerous quest for truth with Pharmara Security hot on their heels. But if knowledge is power, how is it that those in power are such idiots?
‘In A Right State’ is available on Amazon as an ebook for around £3/$3.
The paperback version of ‘In A Right State’ is available on Amazon for around £9/$12
English language only.
Ellis’s debut romp through an unnerving dystopia uses common fears about big corporations to paint an eerie but plausible future.
This is the first book from Ben Ellis so it’s his debut novel which surprised me as its quite impressive…it was an enjoyable read and I’ll keep a look out for more work from the author.
The result is an impressive read, as delightful as it is disturbing. Ellis treats us to a cautionary tale of consumerism taken down one plausible path that seems likely to happen if we sit back and let it. For many, our country is already in a right state, Ellis shows how it could be a whole lot worse.
Shortlisted for SFBook.com Book of the Year 2014.
‘In A Right State’ is a very well written and impressive debut novel from UK writer Ben Ellis. I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys futuristic dystopian style stories.
‘Ellis writes with a keen eye for detail, and his prose wittily exposes the threats of this new world where nothing is private. His characters are ripe with personality; interspersed with the humor is a fast-paced, character-driven plot. Although it treads some familiar ground, Ellis’s work is a fresh response to the growing concern about big corporations, privacy, and the ever-watchful eye of the government.’