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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Utopia Project: Everyone Must Die is a work of fiction in the science fiction genre. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author Billy Dering. Set in the not too distant future where a string of disparate crises has brought countries all around the world to the brink, multiple governments have conspired together to create a new perfect society. But the society being offered is a lie, and a destructive weapon destroys most of the world’s population. Amongst the devastation, a few desperate survivors struggle to hold on to hope before humanity’s numbers dwindle below a point from which they could possibly never recover.
Dystopian fiction needs a big idea for how the world has gone to hell, and this book goes to a biblical scale in which almost everyone outside of the Utopia Project itself is killed in one strike. Having the survivors not only try to live in the ruins of the old world but actively be hunted through it by those who would kill them for daring to be alive is a harrowing backdrop to the story and keeps the tension and the stakes loftily high at all times. The faces of the survivors are Sara and Kid, who author Billy Dering creates and presents with enormous skill. Never are their needs and values simplified for plot convenience, they always feel like fully fleshed out and very real people. Utopia Project is a story of survival and quickly takes all limits off the table in order to ensure that readers buckle in for a wild ride. I would certainly recommend this book to any fans of dystopian literature.