The Inhibited

Fiction - Dystopia
250 Pages
Reviewed on 06/18/2016
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Author Biography

I have spent a large part of my life in education, particularly science. As part of my own business, I author presentations and documents for the pharmaceutical/vaccine industry.

Over the past years, I have felt that life has given me enough trials and tribulations to attempt fiction novels. "Snack van" was my first attempt. That work reflected my underlying fascination of how individuals, who appear normal on the surface, will resort to anything to achieve their goals. Lust, drugs, money, revenge and crime are good writing topics.

My second novel, "The Inhibited" I feel more satisfied with as I hope the story line is far more intriguing. It is about a dystopian future after a failed UK government policy to legalize all drugs. It explores themes of genetics, segregation, emotion and what really makes us human - is it ourselves or our environment, or both?

    Book Review

Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite

The Inhibited by Jay Saph is a thought-provoking and intriguing science fiction story which alternates between a later decade of the twenty-first century and the causal events around 2018 UK. Twenty-year-old Declan is determined to find the truth about what happened to cause the extreme political and social control of people in his current time. Young Hazel discovers the joys of banned pastimes when her grandfather, Professor Charles Tulse, allows her to explore the ancient contents of his attic. Corrupt and evil leaders, innocent deaths, segregation, controlled borders, secrets and lies all keep the population in a dull existence. Eventually Declan and Hazel’s paths cross just as truths, alarming revelations, and changes emerge.

The Inhibited is a competently written book with an intricate plot that moves at a good pace. Written from a narrator’s perspective, it takes the reader on Declan’s journey of discovery. The story alternates between times and locations as the stories of the various characters and past events emerge and eventually link. I felt the characters were well-defined, developed and believable – from young Hazel’s innocent childhood years to the experiences that would lay the foundations for her future work, to Declan’s growing understanding and maturity as he deals with his discoveries about his environment and his own soul.

Jay Saph’s The Inhibited is a story about power, control, what can go wrong in the extreme when governments legalise all drugs, and what may then go even more alarmingly wrong when they seek to correct and control behaviours. A unique and fascinating story about understanding the past in order to solve the problems of the present, and the consequences of revealing lies, mistakes, and corruption. It will appeal to fans of science fiction and dystopia.