The Private Sector

World-Mart

Fiction - Dystopia
298 Pages
Reviewed on 04/23/2016
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Author Biography

In addition to writing dark speculative fiction for over twenty-five years, Leigh M. Lane has sung lead and backup vocals for bands ranging from classic rock to the blues, dabbled in fine arts, worked in retail management, and accrued a moderate level of expertise in animal care and behavior. She has a BA in English and graduated from UNLV Magna Cum Laude. She currently lives in the dusty outskirts of Sin City with her husband, an editor and educator, and one very spoiled cat.

Her published works include traditional Gothic horror novel Finding Poe; the World-Mart trilogy, a dystopian tribute to Orwell, Serling, and Vonnegut; and the dark allegorical tale, Myths of Gods.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Taylor Wade for Readers' Favorite

Suppose the government was gone and big business took over. Now the country is run completely by fat cats with money in their pockets, and those without money have little or no say in how the country is run. Even the police force and the fire stations, once public services, are now run by this upper elite. This is the premise for Leigh M. Lane’s dystopian novel, The Private Sector (World-Mart). She depicts what she thinks the world would look like if the greed of the wealthy remains unchecked. Resources would become harder to come by as those with money stockpile the most valuable commodities. Those without money are thrown in debtors' prisons and devastating diseases sweep across the country. The class divide widens so far that the world spirals into ruin, and those that are left defending the streets wonder if greed isn’t their actual enemy.

The Private Sector (World-Mart) is a really interesting tale because of the realism that Leigh M. Lane is able to bring to this tale. I really appreciated that aspect of the story. Sometimes dystopian stories can be hard to follow, but Lane’s description of this greedy and money hungry world is something that I could immediately see. I think a lot of readers will be able to relate to these problems and will suffer with the characters, knowing it's possible that these things could actually happen. I really enjoyed this premise and thought Lane executed it beautifully. It was a very thought provoking story.

James Phillips

The Private Sector (World-Mart) is a dystopian novel by Leigh M. Lane about the end of the world through a socio-economic lens in the not-so-distant future. The story focuses on corporate greed and how businesses and wealthy investors facilitate the end of the world. The government has been disbanded and the care of millions of everyday people is left to this small percent of wealthy men and women. Even public services like the police and fire department are now handled in The Private Sector. But conditions are bad for people who aren’t within this elite upper class. Debtor prisons overflow with lower and middle class citizens. The country is low on resources and disease is rampant throughout the land. The country is out of control, but the streets are the only place that people can fight against the corruption of this elitist system.

The Private Sector (World-Mart) paints a dark and grim picture that is frightening because so much of it seems to come from our life today. Lane did a really nice job of creating a futuristic world that is very believable because the actions that characters take are actions that readers will recognize. It is a good, scary read because these are things readers have read in the paper or maybe even said in conversation about greed or the wealthy, or where they think society is headed. Lane has a talent for getting into our heads and giving us a story that many worry just might actually come true. For our sake, I hope it doesn’t.

Anna Smith

Leigh M. Lane wrote a dystopian novel about how big businesses lead to the end of days. The story, The Private Sector (World-Mart), may be too close for comfort for many readers who can see similarities between Lane’s fictionalized world and the world that we live in. When the government is no longer the glue holding the country together, large corporations and wealthy business owners step in to take over. They even privatize public services like the police. Soon greed runs rampant through the ranks of the new leaders and those without money find themselves squarely on the bottom. Disease spreads as resources are harder to come by. Many people end up in debtors' prisons and those that are lucky enough to be out on the streets soon realize they aren’t that lucky at all. Fighting against this terrible, greedy new system seems futile, but what choice do they have left?

The Private Sector (World-Mart) is a very interesting story because, even though it is a dystopian tale and set in the future, it has a number of real world applications. That realism was one of the things I really appreciated about writer Leigh M. Lane. It isn’t often that you find a dystopian tale that seems as if it could really happen (and sooner, rather than later). I liked the way Lane handled the story and the characters that she created. The story flowed smoothly and I felt myself being pulled into it. I really think people will enjoy Lane’s tale because it is well-written and highly plausible.