Title: The Private Sector
Author: Leigh M. Lane
Published: April 15th 2015
Publisher: Eldritch Press
Length: 332 pages
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
The world of corporate greed runs rampant after the government collapses, leaving police, fire, and social services in the hands of the wealthy. Debtor prisons for the lower and middle classes overflow and quarantine camps have filled to capacity, turning the streets into a personal battleground for terrorists fighting against a world headed toward ruin as resources run dry and civilization becomes ruled by The Private Sector.
“A versatile literary maestro, Lane’s characters breathe, her language sings, and her plotting is nothing short of remarkable. You owe it to yourself to give her a read, no matter what kind of fiction you like. You’ll love her work. I promise.” Trent Zelazny, Nightmare Award-winning author of Fractal Despondency and Butterfly Potion
In a world where everything is privatised – including the police and fire brigade – it becomes more and more difficult to just survive the day to day. When Dianne discovers that her job as an artist has been rendered obsolete by the newest craze in the wealthier society, her life begins to fall apart with one thing after another going wrong.
Intertwining Dianne’s story with that of her serum junkie sister, Jenny, it’s difficult to see just how far someone can fall within this privatised society. How far they will go just to get a fix. When Jenny finally hits rock bottom and finds herself running around on a rich estate’s garden, she’s surprised when she’s taken in and looked after by the young man who owns it. But Alex has his own hidden agendas that Jenny isn’t aware of.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the way Lane effortlessly weaved four separate points of view together to create the intertwined story that revolved around Dianne and her family. There’s some heart-breaking moments nearer the end and I couldn’t help but feel for Dianne as everything seems to crumble around her.
A great story about how awful the world could turn if everything was to go into the private sector and people had extortionate fees to pay for the simplest of things that we take for granted just now – like the police. An interesting insight into the psyche of an addict as well as that of a political fanatic too, there’s a diverse cast to this story.
A well-written, interesting story on a political turn in society that is a scary insight into how easily our world could turn.
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About the Author
Leigh M. Lane has been writing for over twenty years. She has ten published novels and over a dozen published short stories divided between different genre-specific pseudonyms. She is married to editor Thomas B. Lane, Jr. and currently resides in the outskirts of Sin City.
Her traditional Gothic horror novel, FINDING POE, was a 2013 EPIC Awards finalist in horror. Her other novels include WORLD-MART, a tribute to Orwell, Serling, and Vonnegut, and the dark allegorical tale, MYTHS OF GODS. THE PRIVATE SECTOR, her highly anticipated prequel to WORLD-MART, was recently released.