[BOOKS] ⚣ Bridge 108 Author Anne Charnock – Lavons.co.uk

Bridge 108 Major d j vu reading this, as the first section is basically the novella The Enclave, which was published in 2017 and won the BSFA Award I seem to remember voting for it, too Three years later, and child slavery and human trafficking is not what I want to read about in a sf novel, but then Bridge 108 abruptly flips POV to that of an undercover immigration agent and we get some actual commentary on the world being described I understand that to write from the POV of a child slave would mean Major d j vu reading this, as the first section is basically the novella The Enclave, which was published in 2017 and won the BSFA Award I seem to remember voting for it, too Three years later, and child slavery and human trafficking is not what I want to read about in a sf novel, but then Bridge 108 abruptly flips POV to that of an undercover immigration agent and we get some actual commentary on the world being described I understand that to write from the POV of a child slave would mean the narrative accepting the situation but it also normalises it Science fiction, especially US science fiction, which this is not, I hasten to add, has an extremely bad habit of normalising the worst excesses of humanity in pursuit of drama It s s complete bollocks stance If you write a fascist story with no commentary, you re writing exactly what a fascist would write Your personal politics are irrelevant Charnock presents a UK in which refugees end up living illegally in enclaves alongside legal residents who do not have implanted chips, but then shows these enclaves are breeding grounds of illegality and immorality Sadly, too many people are like those fuckwits who voted for the Tories and now clap for the NHS Or worse, voted for Brexit and now clap for the NHS that 350 million a week would be fucking useful now, you hypocritical morons British and American politics are perhaps extreme examples, but something similar exists in science fiction authors saying, look at me I m left wing and then they write the most fascist space opera you could imagine The genre is inherently right wing, but they take it to excess They re a blight on the genre, and there are far too many of them and they re far too popular The Sad Puppies were right that the heart of science fiction had been colonised, but were too stupid that to see that it was their stories which had done so They looked only at the politics of the writers Had they based their argument on the politics of the stories, perhaps they might have kept their mouths shut Bridge 108 is a dystopian fiction book about England after the fire when there are a flood of migrants coming up from Europe and the English are divided between people who received inoculation to addictions and other socially undesirable qualities, and those older or poorer members of society who have not.This book is a lot to take in First, enhanced people who are all richquite on the nose for today s rich upper class who outsource a lot of the grunt work that the rest of us have to do, l Bridge 108 is a dystopian fiction book about England after the fire when there are a flood of migrants coming up from Europe and the English are divided between people who received inoculation to addictions and other socially undesirable qualities, and those older or poorer members of society who have not.This book is a lot to take in First, enhanced people who are all richquite on the nose for today s rich upper class who outsource a lot of the grunt work that the rest of us have to do, like cooking, cleaning, actual work Second, seems like this is a near term future world where climate change has already hit the earth hard, though it s not explicitly said or if it is, I missed that part In this world, the rich are not just enhanced to be genetically superior as it s called in the novel , but they live in luxurious estates built using a 3D printer Meanwhile, in the enclaves, people live on top of each other in apartment buildings where they ve stopped putting bathrooms in each unit While the rich have monstrously big homes, the rest of the nation struggles in increasingly terrible conditions.But, make no mistake, this book is about immigration It s set in England, and obviously Brexit was probably top of mind during the writing process or maybe it wasn t this book is set in the same world as the author s debut book in 2013, pre Brexit But the migrant detention centers are definitely a nod toward the disgusting American concentration camps on the Southern border There is also no winning for the immigrants in this story or in real life In this story, main character Caleb goes from one bad situation to another, unable to get by and forced into indentured servitude The story strikes a chord with what prospective immigrants face when trying to come to America not to mention echoing how some early immigrants to America managed the cost , except this isn t unique to America Witness the Syrian refugee crisis that s been going on in Europe since the early aughts.The book is written from several different characters perspectives, though migrant Caleb is the narrator in about half the chapters His story is told through multiple viewpoints, from his flight on foot with his mother from Spain, to his hoodwink by Skylark, a trafficker, to his time working for Ma Lexie and many other awful situations.4.5 s I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review From The Arthur C Clarke Award Winning Author, A Dystopian Novel Of Oppression Set In The Climate Ravaged Europe Of A Calculated Life, A Finalist For The Kitschies Award And Philip K Dick Award Late In The Twenty First Century, Drought And Wildfires Prompt An Exodus From Southern Europe When Twelve Year Old Caleb Is Separated From His Mother During Their Trek North, He Soon Falls Prey To Traffickers Enslaved In An Enclave Outside Manchester, The Resourceful And Determined Caleb Never Loses Hope Of Bettering HimselfAfter Caleb Is Befriended By A Fellow Victim Of Trafficking, Another Road Opens Hiding In The Woodlands By Day, Guided By The Stars At Night, He Begins A New Journey To Escape To A Better Life, To Meet Someone He Can Trust, And To Find His Family For Caleb, Only One Thing Is Certain Making His Way In The World Will Be Far Difficult Than His Mother ImaginedTold Through Multiple Voices And Set Against The Backdrop Of A Haunting And Frighteningly Believable Future, Bridge Charts The Passage Of A Young Boy Into Adulthood Amid Oppressive Circumstances That Are Increasingly Relevant To Our Present Day [PDF / Epub] ☉ Psiconutrición. 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interesting and believable characters with compelling motivations that shed light on the deterministic but often naive actions of social actants in a world struggling with social and economic divisions Caleb and other point of view characters provide distinct interpretations of the same reality, revealing layers of social conditioning in their If you like or are even mildly curious about thoughtful, smart, socially speculative dystopian fiction then Bridge 108 is for you Charnock has given us interesting and believable characters with compelling motivations that shed light on the deterministic but often naive actions of social actants in a world struggling with social and economic divisions Caleb and other point of view characters provide distinct interpretations of the same reality, revealing layers of social conditioning in their individual analyses of the obstacles before them But you don t need an interest in social relations to enjoy this book Despite backstories of despair, each character is given opportunities to reveal an inherent and universal drive to survive without doing harm This is near future fiction at its best gently disclosing the impact of current conditions through individual experience and hope I have yet to read a book written entirely in the present tense that I have enjoyed I ve always found them boring lacking in momentum.A book written entirely in first person narrative, on the other hand, is something that I have always enjoyed but writers who can pull it off successfully are the exception to the rule.I give Anne Charnock credit for having the cojones to attempt both Unfortunately, Bridge 108 succeeds with neither The narrative is rich in character description, but lacks ch I have yet to read a book written entirely in the present tense that I have enjoyed I ve always found them boring lacking in momentum.A book written entirely in first person narrative, on the other hand, is something that I have always enjoyed but writers who can pull it off successfully are the exception to the rule.I give Anne Charnock credit for having the cojones to attempt both Unfortunately, Bridge 108 succeeds with neither The narrative is rich in character description, but lacks character development in any manner other than age progression I blame some of this on the challenges of tense and the POV How do you depict forward emotional movement when the time is always now How do you describe a character s emotional or intellectual development from only that character s point of view Charnock struggles with both, and is sometimes successful She definitely deserves points for effort here.Where Bridge 108 fails is in world building, visual description, foreshadowing and plot there is not much of any of these four elements present in the story.The MC, an adolescent boy named Caleb, is supposed to be a refugee from Spain migrating north to England during perilous times in the near future after some world shifting, cataclysmic event It is never revealed what this event was though vague references are made to a drought Oddly enough, Caleb later ends up working at a fish farm Hmm Vague references are also made to humans who have been enhanced or subjugated by some kind of injection or augmentation as well as people who aren t really people but some kind of advanced AI For some reason, I kept thinking of the Fembots from the Bionic woman.Anyway, somehow vaguely again Caleb s parents disappear or die and he is left to journey to England alone Along the way, he meets a young woman who rescues him and delivers him into a life of indentured servitude in an Enclave run by a gang family Shortly after his adoption by a likable lady gangster named Ma Lexie, who recognizes his talent in sewing and gives him a chance at advancement and a safe place to live, he runs away because she smacks him because she suspects him of being a sneaky, ungrateful little bastard Which, of course, he turns out to be.Caleb escapes again, of course and embarks on a four year journey during which not much happens After escaping from the Enclave, Caleb gets work at a vineyard where he meets a government spy who tells him his best chance is to turn himself in and after some other kind of official indentured servitude he can be reunited with his parents There s this sort of creepy probably non sexual seduction scene between the spy and Caleb under the titular Bridge 108 and Caleb turns himself in.Jump ahead four years and Caleb is not so happily indentured to the government and working on a fish farm He has matured from a smart mouthed kid to a foul mouthed teenager and that is about the extent of his character development One day, a new Fembot takes over his case and she tells him that she has found his mother living in an insane asylum Apparently, these Fembots have hearts of gold, because she bends the rules to get Caleb out of the fish farm and off the government issued tranquilizers and reunite Caleb with his mother.Not enad of the idea of living with an an insane mother under government surveillance, Caleb decides to escape and does so in an unbelievably easy manner After a few days roughing it in the woods, he finds his way back to the enclave by memory alone Forgive me for another of course , but, of course, Caleb is reunited with Ma Lexie who welcomes him with a sad smile.How sweet.And how totally unbelievable.Unbelievable because there is no set up in Bridge 108 The society into which Caleb is born and matures is never explained all references to this near future world and its politics and social s are vague, and circumstances that are taken for granted by the characters are never explained to the reader I kept waiting for the clue, the red herring or some slowly unveiled revelation that would make me care about and root for Caleb make me understand his circumstances, make me understand the title of the book and above all make me want to readI finished Bridge 108 on principle not because I really wanted to Bridge 108 is a sharp and witty new dystopian story Imagine The Giver mixed with The Outsiders and you have this new story As I was reading this I was instantly reminded of the classic ya stories The story is easy to read without being dull The undertones of what it means to live in a post apocalyptic world add a layer to the decisions made by the characters.This is a book that finally made me rejoice from seeing multiple perspectives Primarily this story is an account of Caleb and how he f Bridge 108 is a sharp and witty new dystopian story Imagine The Giver mixed with The Outsiders and you have this new story As I was reading this I was instantly reminded of the classic ya stories The story is easy to read without being dull The undertones of what it means to live in a post apocalyptic world add a layer to the decisions made by the characters.This is a book that finally made me rejoice from seeing multiple perspectives Primarily this story is an account of Caleb and how he finds his way after being thrust into this new life The multiple perspectives give us a chance to see into Calebs mind and how he has survived this long even though he is only twelve years old But they also allow us to glimpse into the minds of the adults in Caleb s life and how their thoughts and actions differ from what Caleb believes It is a true case of utilizing unreliable narrators against one another to unfold the true story.The writing both gives away a lot of information as well as withholds a lot from the reader We are given tidbits and snippets of information on what happened to the world from the eyes of the characters memories This unreliability of memory diving helps to darken the tone of the book We are not sure of exactly what happened to make the world this way We are not sure of the validity of the information from the characters But what we do know is that every person is in survival mode, which means the no one can be trusted.The characters were all very interesting to me I like the juxtaposition between the mind of a child and the mind of the adults in this new and terrible world The characters are dealing with the rippling shocks of wildfires, climate change, and forced migration from the fire One part of society is functioning on chips that extinguish any chance of addiction and other undesirable qualities Our characters live on the other side of humanity The humans that still have their spark, but are also desperately trying to survive amidst a society of hive minded individuals.You can view my full review and giveaway on my blog I also post a lot of similar books Reader Bookstagrammer Blogger Reviewer ya.its.lit I m ready to read any dystopian novel that takes climate change into account. Cool concept, not great execution and the story was all over the place. Although sent in the future, within a new world order, where climate change, wildfires and water shortages have triggered mass migration this is a very current novel regarding the subject matter The U.K is functioning well and is the place people s from Southern Europe head for in this dystopian future.Told in a series of events in the life of Caleb and narrated from the perspective of multiple voices he comes into contact with on his journey.Initially travelling with his Mother he is later se Although sent in the future, within a new world order, where climate change, wildfires and water shortages have triggered mass migration this is a very current novel regarding the subject matter The U.K is functioning well and is the place people s from Southern Europe head for in this dystopian future.Told in a series of events in the life of Caleb and narrated from the perspective of multiple voices he comes into contact with on his journey.Initially travelling with his Mother he is later separated and although only 12 years old he is people trafficked and forced into slave labour The dreams his Mum and Dad of leaving their native Spain and seeking refuge in England are a long way from his reality now But he learns to adapt and adjust to his new situation He is resourceful and this his story of changing, learning and seeing beyond his present circumstances He his young he makes mistakes and people let him down The system works against him but he never loses sight of the new life his parents never saw happen which he needs to fulfil through his own endeavours.I liked this novel very much It was fresh and although set in the near distant future it seems familiar and pertinent to many issues today I liked the move to an assemble of perspectives through the different voices Each character seemed real and faithful to this time andhuman because of the flaws they demonstrate.The writing is character driven with a clear descriptive voice to bring the enclave and aspects of Caleb s journey alive Focusing on family, relationships, self preservation and personal advancement it was almost Dickensian in spirit while mirroring many of the global issues in the present time This allows for reflection and hopefully provides an impetus to avoid such a humanitarian crisis while seeing that the future is with us today.It is hard to distance yourself from issues of child trafficking, unaccompanied minors and slave labour The aspect of climate change also although obliquely referenced is one we cannot also avoid.This isn t an tract written by Greta Thunberg however, but a considered novel, told with thought and great skill that focuses on a young child Caleb and his journey may live long in your imagination I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review A poignant and timely story about forced migration, unlawful immigration, and the hurdles we face trying to adapt to systems that are inherently antagonistic to us It is a book that is both disheartening and hopeful at the same time, with interesting and sympathetic characters The shifting perspectives in this story make it very interesting Had the entire thing been in Caleb s point of view it would have gotten tedious, but ins I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review A poignant and timely story about forced migration, unlawful immigration, and the hurdles we face trying to adapt to systems that are inherently antagonistic to us It is a book that is both disheartening and hopeful at the same time, with interesting and sympathetic characters The shifting perspectives in this story make it very interesting Had the entire thing been in Caleb s point of view it would have gotten tedious, but instead, we re given a child s perspective for the first little bit, then shift between him and different adults, all of whom encounter him at different times This allows for blanks to be filled that Caleb, as a child, is unable to fill for us readers, which also gave us a different view on the adults in his life Someone who seems hostile or harsh is later revealed to have simply made a mistake or a similar misconception The author really put a lot of thought into what life would be like for people living in different levels of the social hierarchy We are given a view to the indentured, paid workers, leaders, civilians, even the well off at one point All these builds an interesting, yet completely feasible future especially given what s happening now with wildfires and natural resources around the world Yet, I would have liked a littleexposition even later in the story as to what these disasters are, how other countries are handling refugees, and perhaps a chapter with someone in the government While I understand all the chapters are linked by Caleb, there was likely a way to show a broader view of the situation, as effective as the first person was I started out mildly intrigued by the story and ended up wholly impressed by the subtle intelligence behind what it was trying to say about migration, especially in our world where it s said something like 1 billion coastal dwellers will be displaced by global warming in decades to come Where will they go Nothing about Caleb s journey was melodramatically terrible though it obviously was not pleasant for him , which makes sense why people are just putting up with it What we can endure, we tend to just accept after awhile

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