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Today, we’ve teamed up with Rachel’s Random Resources to bring you a stop along their current tour featuring a work of Speculative Fiction that certainly sounds like a read to believe! So, if you’re ready to add to your TBR list, stack, or mountain, KEEP READING as we take a closer look at today’s title in the spotlight...
About the book...
Melbourne, February 2100. Emma Cartwright has 28 days left to find work, otherwise she must report to the Productive Citizens Bureau and accept any vacancy, regardless of location, pay or conditions.
Her situation becomes even more grave when the Employment Positions Portal is disabled and the government refuses to extend her unemployment period. At 70, Emma could opt for voluntary euthanasia, but she has her student son Jack to support.
After a chance meeting with the eccentric Cal Ritchie, founder of the clandestine group Citizens’ Voice and supporter of those fleeing repressive laws to live in bush camps, Emma is determined to escape her life of compliance.
When her son Jack is suddenly arrested, Emma finds herself running out of time and options, and has to take drastic measures. But can she save her son?
England, and now living on the Mornington Peninsula, south-east of
Melbourne, Sue worked in university libraries until taking early
retirement in 2008 to concentrate on writing novels. Creative writing
has been a passion since her teenage years, with short stories,
poetry and articles published in magazines and anthologies in
Australia, the US and the UK. To date, Sue has written nine novels:
Sannah and the
Pilgrim, first in a trilogy of a future dystopian Australia
focusing on climate change and the harsh treatment of refugees from
drowned Pacific islands. Odyssey Books, 2014. Commended in the FAW
Christina Stead Award, 2014.
Pia and the
Skyman. Along with Kaire, pilgrim and skyman, Sannah’s
daughter, Pia continues her people’s fight for freedom. Odyssey
Books, 2016. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2016.
The Sky Lines
Alliance: three groups join forces to
overthrow the brutal Australian government. Odyssey Books,
the story of a perceptive girl growing up in a Quaker family in
Swinging Sixties’ Britain. Morning Star Press, 2017
recounts a life turned upside down when Julia, aged 40, journeys from
the sanctuary of middle-class Australian suburbia to undertake a
retreat at a college located on an isolated Welsh island. Creativia
Enemy, based on Sue’s father’s experiences, is an account of
courage and compassion in the face of trauma as a British airman
embarks on a plan that risks all to feed a starving, war-stricken
Italian family. Creativia Publishing, 2019.
A Question of
Country explores the migrant experience through the protagonist’s
lifelong search for meaningful identity. Next Chapter, April 2020.
project, The Reluctant Doorkeeper Trilogy, set in Melbourne,
2100-2105, explores the problem of overpopulation and extended life
expectancy in an increasingly climate-challenged world and the
inhumane solutions adopted by a government determined to rid
Australia of unproductive citizens.
Book 1, 28
Days, sees Emma, aged 70, emerge from a life of compliance to one
of civil disobedience when the Employment Positions Portal is
disabled during the final 28 days of her Government Allocated
Book 2, Next
Step, follows Emma’s first year as a Trainee Doorkeeper, her
role to assign appropriate positions to unemployed citizens, and her
unofficial work for political change.
Book 3 will deal
with a citizens’ revolution, as the population learn the truth
about the role of Fully-Trained Doorkeepers.
social justice, Sue’s goal as a fiction writer is to continue
creating intrepid characters prepared to risk their lives to effect
positive change in a troubled world. She intends to write for as long
as possible, believing the extensive life experiences of older
writers can be employed to engage readers of all ages.
Special thanks to Rachel
at Rachel's Random Resources
for the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today and be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!
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