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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Subnormal by Stuart Kenyon takes you into a rather scary vision of the future. Unfortunately, it is not even something that is so far fetched from what could really happen. In theory, the UK government's ideas sound quite nice: everyone in society has a purpose. There are no more pensions, as pensioners would just get depressed and bored - instead they have to earn their living with easy jobs. People with mental problems also have their use. Nobody is left without a purpose. However, the people's submission is not really their own decision. When Paul and Tommy (brothers) both end up in the zone - a place for people who have somehow deviated from the norm - they team up with other people who have doubts. They discover how the government turned the UK into a nation of obedient followers. And they want to change it. But how can a group of outcasts take on the government?
I found Subnormal by Stuart Kenyon an interesting, entertaining, but also slightly disturbing read. After all, the idea of how the government controls the population isn't that far fetched. It is well within a government's power to do something like that (not giving anything away here!). On a small scale, they already do tamper with what they use in the novel in real life. And it is a scary thought that we might not even notice if it happened. The novel is well written, the characters are believable, and I liked how the author managed to really get across the evilness of one character in particular. I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys good writing, and who is interested in realistic dystopian ideas.