Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Stolen Generation

The Stolen Generation
by N.A. Le Brun 
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Genre: YA Dystopian
    • Print Length: 482 pages


Between 1972 and 1993 the Global Sector Council forced single mothers to have abortions. When those babies were aborted, their souls were stolen and attached to lab-made children. Those children, together with a group known as the Rebellion are now fighting back. Freya 'Freddie' Faith Raner takes us on a whirlwind adventure as she and her soul sister search for their soul mother, look to overthrow the global government, and make friends, and enemies, along the way. 

A dystopian novel set in a parallel universe which split from our own timeline in the aftermath of the Second World War. Utopia isn't all that it seems, in a world where religion has been abolished, LGBT people have rights the world over, and food, shelter, and education are taken as given.

 May contain spoilers

My Thoughts

As this story opens, we are introduced to the Global Sector Council (GSC). They warehouse sections that once upon a time were known as London England and Washington D.C.  Basically, here we'd find electric cars being driven by families whom have two children, two pets and live in prefab housing. 

Mr. Edward Rawlinson, an English teacher, steps outside the boundaries of the GSC. He smuggles banned books to many of his students and Freya ( Freddie) Faith Raner is among them. 

That's right. At twelve years old, Freddie's read Orwell's 1984, and the next book she reads is Huxley's 'Brave New World'.

I smiled as I read this. I also had an English teacher pass these books along to me, but first, my parents had to sign paperwork stating they were agreeable to me reading them.

If you are familiar with these books, you know that they address conformity as well a manipulation of recorded history. These authors were presenting us readers with the knowledge that conditioning limits diversity and individualism - essentially robbing our soul.

As readers, can you imagine not being allowed the opportunity to study another culture or read another language? I’m going, to be honest here and say that I'd find this quite disturbing. 

In this highly detailed read, I was thankful to learn there was a Rebellion and elated to learn that they came across a hidden library. 

When Mr. Rawlinson dies, Freddie assumes the duties of the leader of the Rebellion.They live in the crumbling war tunnels that were once built by the Nazis and the sectors communicate largely through headsets and use dictapads.  

Freddie discovered through testing that her soul is separate from her biological family and she and her soul sister leave on an adventure to search for their soul mother. 

As it stands, they are aware that GSC heavily monitors all controlled communications. Furthermore, they learn the peace officers that patrol the streets are anything but peaceful.

New York is largely uninhabited. Instead of skyscrapers filled with people, they find empty - shattered buildings where the natural ecosystem is again immerging. In spite of this, Freddie continues on a quest to bring down the GSC, while learning more about her true identity.

My Conclusion: This is an excellent dystopian novel and N.A. Le Brun is a creatively gifted writer. I love the passage where she writes, 'It was an odd experience walking from a white almost ethereal world into darkness'. One might draw a similar conclusion when walking along a corridor that leads from 'the stolen generation' of '1984' to Freddie's 'brave new world'.

N.A Le Brun generously allowed me to read The Stolen Generation for my honest review. 

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