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Dawn Of Dystopia

Dawn Of Dystopia, February 2018
Dystopia in Drag #.5
by C.M. Barrett

Author Self-Published
Featuring: Gerry; Anthony
159 pages
ISBN: 0155117734
EAN: 2940155117735
Kindle: B079HLJK82
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"How today's normality turns into tomorrow's scary society..."

Fresh Fiction Review

Dawn Of Dystopia
C.M. Barrett

Reviewed by Clare O'Beara
Posted June 11, 2018

Gay / Lesbian Paranormal | Dystopian | Science Fiction Romance

This novella is presented as the prequel to a dystopian series, explaining how a divided, bitter, famine-struck world emerges from modern society in America. DAWN OF DYSTOPIA focuses on two youngsters adopted from an orphanage, where increasing numbers of "throwaway kids"are sent.

Young Gerry suffers various kinds of abuse before being adopted by a New Yorker who doesn't share his Irish heritage and has money from providing healthy food. To Gerry's credit, he insists that he won't go unless his pal Anthony, an older, African-American boy, is chosen, too. Partly we see this as insecurity: he wants to bring a stable friendship with him through one more upheaval in his circumstances. But partly it is because Gerry, though he doesn't yet know it, has feelings for boys, which emerge much later in the tale as he grows to a young man and starts to understand his feelings. But by then, the world has changed; a corrupt government has been removed and replaced by a monarchy, which seems just as impotent as the government before it, and is reliant on a new religious order for authority.

DAWN OF DYSTOPIA by C.M. Barrett starts a new series to be called Dystopia in Drag, examining how people not considered to be the norm might be treated in a less tolerant future. With some strong language and adult concepts, this YA tale isn't for the nervous but will give young adult readers reason to consider the news they see and the books they read. The only drawback I can see is that after halfway, the book is more about telling than drama, as it strives to set the scene for further storylines in the series. I'm certainly interested in reading more of this series.

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SUMMARY

Gerry’s mother told him he came from the stars, but when the ten-year-old comes home to an empty trailer, he fears being homeless on earth. To survive, he learns to charm social workers and orphanage administrators. His new friend, Anthony, guides him through the child welfare system, and Gerry refuses to leave Anthony behind when a wealthy gay man wants to adopt him.

Their life in a Greenwich Village brownstone seems too good to be true—and it is. After famines and plagues kill millions, the Redeemers, an increasingly powerful evangelical church, blame all deviants—including scientists, academics, artists, and anyone else who challenges their dogma—for the disasters.

Those targeted by the Redeemers believe that the church plans punitive action—but their intentions are far more brutal than anyone could have imagined. Now a young gay man, Gerry discovers that his unusual ability to create harmony flowers to serve his community, but it takes a tragedy to shock him into realizing what coming from the stars really means.

This novella begins the Dystopia in Drag series.


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