A post-apocalyptic society. A society divided on age. Youngsters are brought up in Abovo, what was once Wales. What was England, now Suris, is divided into sectors. Travel between sectors is difficult and even then only with the necessary papers. East Anglia, now Olim, is where anyone over 55 is sent. London is abandoned, with an exclusion zone around it. Cornwall is still Cornwall, one giant prison camp to which dissenters are exiled. A controlled society. A society in which women are prematurely aged with white hair and sagging features by the time they reach 37. A society in which most women are infertile. History before the Division does not exist.
ASO is a productive society where everything is recycled, where energy sources are renewable. A society founded on the remains of old Britain by Magnamater Olivia. An old Britain destroyed by coordinated terrorist attacks.
ASO is a dystopia, corrupt at the centre, disintegrating at the margins. Food and fuel supplies are not adequate. Generic mutations are barely contained.
The year is 2050.
A chilling account of the future. Shades of Iain M Banks and Yevgeny Ivanovich Zamyatin and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Set broadcasts, that all have to watch, the Magnamater Big Brother.
ASO grew out of a short story 'Olim', the result of a trip to Norfolk. A powerful first novel.
A far darker alternative ending would be if Fidelis Rachel Develin was nothing but a manipulated pawn, her transmission creates unrest which is then used by the regime for a clampdown, then she herself dies as she sees a second transmission where she is portrayed as a mentally unstable Fidelis Officer who has gone off the rails.
David Bowie has a brief cameo appearance!
Lindsey Mackie left her native Yorkshire to study English at the University of East Anglia where she met her husband David. She now lives in Buckinghamshire.
Lindsey Mackie is not just a novelist and writer of short stories, she is also a talented musician. The CD entitled ASO that accompanies ASO is an album of her music. Music written and recorded by Lindsey and David Mackie.
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