Reviewed by Ashleigh
Author: Lee S. Hawke
Publisher & Pages: Blind Mirror Publishing, eBook
Audience: All ages
Blurb: What would you sell yourself for?
Madeline knows. She’s spent the last eighteen years impatiently waiting for her Auctioning so she can sell herself to MERCE Solutions Limited for a hundred thousand credits. But when the Auctioneer fails to call her and two suits show up at her doorstep, Madeline discovers there are far worse bargains to be made.
So when your loved ones are in danger, there’s a bounty on your head and your entire city might turn out to be a lie… what would you sell yourself for?
Highlight: Fantastic twist ending!
Caution: Some descriptions might be too much for sensitive people.
Highlight: Madeline was an intriguing character.
Caution: This is an unsettling look into a possible future of the human race.
Review: Lee S. Hawke has achieved something amazing. Not many writers could pull off a social commentary and make it fun to read, but Hawke nailed it.
The story is set in the fictional city of Unilox, where the people are owned by one of 5 companies: ANRON, HARLIN, MERCE, PERCO, DRAYTH. Which one does Madeline belong to? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
When you turn 18, you’re eligible (and required) to participate in an Auctioning. You will be sold to the highest bidder. You don’t get a choice. Each company specialises in certain areas. ANRON is medical. MERCE is technology. Madeline, a tech-head, wants to be bought by MERCE. But when she goes to her auctioning, things hit a snag.
What I really love about Dissolution is the social commentary aspect. What if you were owned? What if you never really had any free will? Everything seems like utopia, but what if you’re living a lie?
I love the journey that Madeline goes on to discover the truth about her city. She’s an outsider, and there seems to be something almost superhuman about her. I assume that this is probably related to the circumstances surrounding her conception and birth, but it’s never explicitly stated, and I love that I can come to my own conclusion.
This story is filled with the darker aspects of society, although it does feel like a somewhat light read, and I put this down to it being a novella, and not a full novel. It’s a short but enjoyable read, and the twist ending is amazing. It’s something I’ve wanted to do in my own writing for a long time, and I’m so glad to know that having a surprising ending like that actually works.
I am so impressed with Dissolution. My only complaint is that it was a little bit short. I enjoyed it so much that I wished it was a full length novel, because there was so much more I wanted to know about the world.
Dissolution releases March 25th 2016. Put it in your calendar!
Star Rating: 4 ½ Stars!
Available in: Paperback, eBook
Read our interview with Lee S. Hawke here.
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