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The Facility by Simon Lelic

Posted by Caitie F on August 22, 2012

Title: The Facility 
Author: Simon Lelic
Paperback: 352 pages
Pub Date: Aug 28, 2012
Publisher: Penguin
Rating:: ++++

Summary from edelweiss:

In The Facility, Lelic has produced an electrifying thriller set in a near-future Britain. Totalitarian powers, emboldened by new anti-terrorism laws, allow the police to “disappear” people from the streets. But when unassuming dentist Arthur Priestley is snatched and held prisoner at a top-secret detention facility, his estranged wife, Julia, and a brave but naive journalist named Tom Clarke embark on a harrowing quest for the truth that soon puts all of their lives in danger.


I love a well-written exciting dystopian novel. They are eye-opening, show possible futures in an entertaining way, and have a chance for some great characters and plots.

You know what I love even more? A  dystopian that is not very far in the future at all and the horrible things that are going on are based on laws currently in place (in this case it is in the UK, but a lot of the laws also are in the US in some form). Have the laws been slightly extended? Yes, but they are extensions that seem unrealistic at all. And that makes the ideas and issues in this book more prevalent and awesome. But what adds to it even more is that the entire world isn’t under attack from something. An entire country isn’t. It is regular citizens that are suffering.

The worst part? No one seems to care unless it is happening to someone they know. In general, people are dismissive and basically say “as long as it isn’t happening to me, it is okay.” And these people just think that people are being wrongly detained and don’t know what is really going on (but I don’t want to spoil it for you!). Yet as long as the government says it is for the safety of all and it isn’t a big deal, people believe it. It happens in our world today, which really made everything in this dystopian book feel more real.

My only issue is that a lot of the characters are flat. It is much more a plot-driven and writing-driven book than character-driven…though the two driving characters are the most interesting, even if they are not who we would consider the main characters. Those two make up for the rest a little, but it was a problem, which is why I liked the book instead of loved it.

If you liked 1984 and enjoy adult dystopian books, I highly suggest you read this.


One Response to “The Facility by Simon Lelic”

  1. I love a dystopian that seems plausible too. This sounds great!

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