Book Review: 100 Points by Quig Shelby

7 May

Save The People have created the perfect egalitarian society from the ruins of global warming, where youth and health are celebrated in Britain’s constant sunshine. And to ensure that no individual takes more than another from the world’s remaining resources, each citizen gets 100 points to spend on education, housing and health; just be careful when they’re gone. Anyone who reaches the age of sixty retires to glorious Scotland ‘where dreams come too’ and gets what they well and truly deserve. But when a shipwreck of drowned old-timers washes up on his beach, the village policeman becomes more than a little interested in his own parents’ retirement and begins an investigation with unforeseen consequences.

Quig Shelby has previously published six other novels to date including:

The Crocodile Masquerade

The Concubine Affair

The Scrying Glass

3 SUM

Monsterotica

The Violent Sunflowers

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My Review

I chose to review this book after receiving a free advanced copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

100 Points is a complex novel about a possible future that hopefully will never come to pass. The reader slowly learns about this future. At the beginning, it seems simple enough but it turns out that it’s not so simple. Everyone is born with 100 points and loses points for things such as healthcare, higher education, and criminal acts. The points lost are supposed to coincide with the activity.

There are quite a few characters but they’re easy to keep track of because they’re all so different. The Dana family is the focus with the parents close to retirement. Their oldest son will be taking over the house and property and his brother is a policeman who starts to notice some things that aren’t quite right.

The author’s writing is easy to follow, the entire book is intense and it had me on edge throughout. No one can be trusted, not even family members. I can’t imagine having to live that way and it’s easy to understand, knowing human nature, why so many people didn’t follow all of the rules even though the consequences could be devastating. 

I definitely recommend 100 Points but be warned, it’s not a light-hearted fun read. 

 

About the Author:

No one let me into their world so I invented a few of my own. Welcome to my Universe.

I’m a night owl and a hopeless romantic with a curious mind, half of it male and half female; the second half is lesbian.

My advice on life is don’t be afraid of being different, be afraid of being the same as everyone else.

My favourite quote has to be:

‘Normality is a pavement comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.’         

(Vincent Van Gogh)

 

Preface to the Book:

 “‘And now for a quick talk on our wonderful 100 points.’

He covered the injustices of the rusting generation that sucked up the nation’s housing like vampire bats to rent as nest eggs. And they all laughed at the stories of road and trolley rage. There was a short monologue from the commissar whilst reading his notes on God’s approval of the 100 points, after which they all scanned through their condensed handbooks on offences that lost careless citizens points.

‘And that’s it, men,’ said the commissar, slamming his book shut.

Once upon a time, he might have said ‘gentlemen’ but like its female counterpart ‘lady’, it had long been banned. The Party hierarchy had struggled to understand any reason for the terms except to elevate one citizen above another through ill-judged flattery and vanity. It was also believed they undermined the use of man and woman which were meant to be celebrated. As the Archbishop of Canterbury had said when weighing into the argument, ‘there was neither a gentleman nor a lady in the Garden of Eden.’”

 

 

“100 POINTS” by Quig Shelby is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon UK and from Amazon US.

 “A reader’s companion to 100 POINTS and political manifesto of Save The People” can also be downloaded as an e-book from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

  

Press/Media Contact Details:

 Darin Jewell, Managing Director
The Inspira Group Literary Agency
London, England
Tel. +44 208 292 5163

E-mail: darin@theinspiragroup.com

 

 

 

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