Genre – Detective, Crime, Thriller, Near Future
Rating 5 stars out of 5
My impressions: futuristic, sci-fi, weird, morally corrupt, self-indulgent, heartless, brilliant, greedy.
Dead Poor has a large cast of characters, most of whom are despicable scoundrels. A small group of elite university brats form The Right Club. They propose to have the government move poor people to secure camps where they can be separated from the 'good people', closely supervised, provided with proper blue collar work, and removed from the welfare rolls.
But when a member of the group experiences violence at the hands of the dregs of society, they enter into a revenge pact that overshadows all of their original goals or ideals. They are then quick to exercise behavior worse and more extreme than that of people they have railed and plotted against.
Dead Poor is well written and, while not perfect, has few editing errors for its length. There are a half dozen each of missing words and wrong words used.
The story is told in two time frames identified by different date systems. That was confusing at first but soon became apparent.
The plot is complex and skips forward and back often enough to befuddle the reader if they don't follow closely.
These characters were well developed and the writing is intelligent and sophisticated.
The plot is fresh and complex as is the writing style.
Since there are elements of futuristic scifi, electronic and mechanical gadgets from the author's imagination are abundant.
Note! There are graphically detailed descriptions of torture that may offend the squeamish.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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