Author: Terry Tyler
Category: Dystopian, Book Review
As the fourth decade of the 21st century looms, new PM Guy Morrissey and his fitness guru wife Mona (hashtag MoMo) are hailed as the motivational couple to get the UK #FitForWork, with Mona promising to ‘change the BMI of the nation’.
Hope is a scarily plausible look into a dystopian, not too distant, future.
The title of the book has several implications, the main one initially being the Hope villages, which couldn’t be more misnamed, but as story progresses there are glimpses of the true meaning of the word.
Guy Morrissey, elected prime minister, along with his fitness and health leading light wife Mona, have become the golden couple, known as brand Morrissey. With their two perfect children they are the role models for the nation. Mona is on a mission to get the populace fit and anyone who doesn’t conform risks unemployment…and worse.
“We haven’t elected a prime minister, we’ve elected a lifestyle.” [Nick]
Lita Stone makes her living from her blog, reviewing and commenting on social issues with honesty and objectivity, and from profitable advertising. She also enjoys working part time in the health food café that kick started her rise to online fame. She shares living space with Nick, a journalist and the anonymous face behind the acerbic Widow Skanky, and Kendall, who suffers from constant low self esteem but takes the time and care to listen to others. Social media has become even more intrusive and people share most aspects of their lives online.
Paul Bettencourt, Mona’s father, is the founder of Nutricorp and the corporation is the power behind Brand Morrissey. Seemingly working for the greater good, the actual motivation is profit and control of the population by purposely increasing the social and economic problems of the country. There is a zero tolerance policy for homelessness—anyone picked up is sent to a Hope village—which are all provided for by Nutricorp and so the cycle is maintained.
The place was surrounded by high fences. There were guards. Three of them. All military and scary looking.