Today I’m pleased to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for No Child of Mine a political thriller set in a dystopian future Britain!  It’s a brilliant read which is interesting and will make you think too, you can see more about why I enjoyed this book in my review below, but first I just want to say a big thank you to Zoé from Zooloo’s Book Tours for the opportunity to be a part of the tour and for a copy of this book.  Now let’s find out why I think this is great read…

Title: No Child of Mine
Author: Olga Gibbs
Publisher: Raging Bear Publishing
Genre: Dstopian, Thriller
Book format: Digital
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Description:  “No Child of Mine” is a story of a father’s journey to save his child from a totalitarian regime, who is in order to bury the truth prepared to exterminate an entire generation.
57th Year of the true leadership of The Ordained Liberating Party; or Year 2273 by the old calendar.
“The Collapse” took millions of lives and most of the country’s farming lands, bringing the surviving population of the island to the brink of starvation.
Out of the aftermath of the chaos and anarchy, a new state had emerged, known as The Federation Britannia, run by the single and unopposed Ordained Liberating Party.
The division of the country’s orphanages for children of “the true citizens” and children of “the enemies of the state” began the clearance of the questionable element, and bloody years of the Age of Cleansing had finished the purge, leaving behind a perfectly obedient electorate that marched every year in the Liberation Day parades, praising the Party’s leadership and following the Party’s every directive.
The rule of the Party is absolute. Its tool of compliance, the State Security Unit, is feared.
Tom isn’t a frightened follower, he is a true believer. He loves the Party with all his heart. He trusts in the Party’s wisdom. The Party had raised him, rewarding his devotion and love with a lucrative engineering job, and after the approval for the Procreation licence, it also granted him a family.
But the unexpected midnight visit by the State Security to his flat, questions asked and blood samples collected, unsettles Tom more than he likes to admit, and the following day, whilst investigating the “black uniforms” interest, Tom witnesses the State Security troops, led by the familiar officer, marshalling the children from his daughter’s nursery, packing them into trucks and taking them into the unknown.
At that moment Tom is forced to make a decision: either to follow the Party directive and to surrender his child into its plenary care or to protect what he loves and run.
But there’s nowhere to run. There’s no escape from the island or from the complete control of the Ordained Liberating Party.

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  This is an interesting and very dystopian thriller with an eerie feel!  It’s the year 2273 and Tom and Judy live under the rule of the Ordained Liberating Party who took over ruling the country for the benefit of its citizens more than fifty years ago.  While Tom was brought up to love the party and comes from a family who have always served the party, his wife Judy’s family and her own mind are more sketchy.  During the Liberation Day parade, Judy is tasked with helping her daughter’s nursery march in the parade.  But when she and her daughter reach their designated starting point, something is wrong with the children.  Later that night the State Security calls at Judy and Tom’s flat, searching through their things and demanding answers.  But while Tom loves his party and can’t understand why they would be in his flat asking questions, he soon discovers something that makes him feel uncomfortable, something that forces him to make a choice between the party he loves, and his family.

I really enjoyed reading this story despite a few nagging issues I found while reading the book.  The story is an interesting one, set over two hundred years in a future Britain known as the Federation Britannia.  I enjoyed the eerie feel of the story from the start and how it reminded me a little of Orwell’s 1984, with a party ruling everything about the way people live and even eat.  Whilst Tom is a dedicated party follower, believing in the ruling party and even loving it, his wife Judy feels more sceptical about things and it’s clear from the start that she feels something is wrong as we start the book following her perspective as she experiences the Liberation Day parade.  The story follows Judy as we see what happens at the parade with the children and something strange that occurs which nobody wants to speak about.

Later when the family are paid a visit in the middle of the night by the State Security Unit, we begin to see the story from Tom’s perspective too, although always in the third person.  I do like what happens in the story, the adventure that begins and the different characters we end up meeting throughout.  I never knew what was going to happen in the story and it’s an interesting and eerie tale showing how bad a ruling party can get when people allow it to rule and believe too much in one government’s power.  There are some dramatic moments and some honestly shocking and sad moments too.  The story is pretty dark with what happens throughout but I do love the care and love that Tom, and Judy, have for their daughter, especially Tom who gets so close to her in this story and is determined to do anything to look after her.

I liked Felix’s character, what is revealed in that part of the story and what subsequently happens to the country at that time is reminiscent of things that have happened in more recent times in our world.  The story will definitely make you think about the world today and how it could become the world in this story if people simply ignore or accept certain things that are going on.   The ending is a good one, I like the last chapter and what happens.  There is an epilogue at the end which makes you wonder what will happen in the future although if I’m honest I’m a little disappointed we don’t know more of what could be happening with a particular character at the end of the story and I would have enjoyed a longer epilogue although the way the story ends is a good one.

I did have a few issues reading this book unfortunately.  There were a few moments when the tenses changes from past to present and back which although possible in books just felt a little jarring in this story.  I also found quite a few places where words like ‘a’ or ‘the’ were missing or erroneously added where they weren’t needed.  I don’t know if the copy I got was a final version though so this may or may not be in a final version of the book.  But even though for some books these issues would really detract from my enjoyment, for some reason this story was so utterly compelling, with such an interesting dystopian and eerie vibe, that it just didn’t bother me as much as it would have if the story wasn’t so good.  I would still recommend this story for how interesting it is and how potentially creepy a world it is predicting as a potential future.

This story is certainly one that is worth reading as it really has some eerie similarities with our world of today and with times today being so different and weird, this book is definitely an interesting one which will make you think about our actions or inactions when it comes to certain aspects of our lives.

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About the author

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Olga Gibbs is a mental health expert who has experience of working with disturbance in adolescents and young people. Using her Masters in Creative Writing, she explores taboo topics such as borderline personality and social effective disorder, effects of abuse and insecure attachment in young people and the inner world which is so rarely spoken about. She was born and raised in USSR and now lives in UK. Olga Gibbs is also a creative writing coach and mentor. Please visit author website for more information on upcoming books.

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I hope you have enjoyed my stop on the blog tour for this brilliantly eerie book.  It’s definitely a story that will stay with me a while and one I’d recommend people read to see what could potentially happen in a distopian future (it’s not as far away as you think! 😮 ).  Belows is the tour banner, don’t forget to check out all the other stops on the tour. 🙂

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What do you think of this book?  Do you like dystopian stories?  Let me knwo what you think in the comments below 🙂