Author: N.J. CROSSKEY
Genre: FICTION, SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY, DYSTOPIAN FICTION
Length: 288 PAGES
Publisher: LEGEND PRESS
Received From: NETGALLEY
Release Date: SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
Cover Design By: KARI BROWNLIE
Price: £4.99 (GBP)
Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Henry Morris is watching his wife slip away from him. In an ageist society, where euthanasia is encouraged as a patriotic act, dementia is no longer tolerated.
Kaitlyn, a young waitress, is desperate for the funds to keep her brother’s life support machine switched on.
When a chance encounter brings the two together, they embark on an unconventional business arrangement that will force them to confront their prejudices, as well as their deepest, darkest secrets.
Perhaps it is because I have a hidden disability or perhaps it is because I am 46 years old and looking forward to retirement within the next ten years, or, maybe it is just because I was raised with morals, but, the idea of an Ableist and/or Ageist society makes me sick to my stomach. Maybe it is because I see certain countries as already heading in this direction. Maybe my disgust with ableism is because I am #Canadian and have always been a firm believer that access to healthcare is a right that everyone should have. Access to quality healthcare should never be denied to anyone no matter their race, religion, age, color, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, disabilities or for any other reason.
In OVERDRAWN, author N.J. Crosskey has created a dystopian society with ageism at its core. “… they’d been bombarded with it, for years. The need to do one’s duty. It was the responsibility of all patriotic citizens to think always of the future generations before themselves. It was good and noble, to end one’s life rather than take up more than your rightful share of the world’s resources. To make sure you played your part in a fairer, more sustainable, future.”
The author uses fiction to highlight some of what is wrong with today’s society. In humanity’s past, elders were revered for their wisdom and knowledge. Today’s society no longer thinks that way. Warehousing our senior citizens in old age homes and ignoring them has become commonplace. I see this as a huge problem and author N.J. Crosskey seems to agree with me.
“How many lies were out there, masquerading as the truth?”
OVERDRAWN is an eye-opening look at one possible future and should scare the heck out of everyone who reads it for the simple fact that it is so plausible.
With characters of depth and of varying ages and viewpoints, author NJ Crosskey has created a wonderful work of dystopian fiction that should be on the top of everyone’s reading list for September 2019. Not only is her world-building truly exceptional, her characters relatable, and the plot fast-paced, but this book is detailed enough to provide everything a truly discerning reader could hope for.
I rate OVERDRAWN as 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone who reads this review. Who knows – It just may change your world view.
“Typical, the one person who seemed to understand her decision … was senile. What did that say about her own mental capacity?”
“The wooden cabin-style houses each had their own small square of grass, outside their front doors. Many had dug out most of it, choosing to grow vegetables instead of wasting their coveted outdoor land on pointless, inedible lawns. Their small but precious crops were protected by boxes made of razor wire.”
“What if they’d all been sold a lie?”
“Our lives are short, but our legacies long. Live responsibly, always with the future in mind.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
N.J. Crosskey is the author of Poster Boy (April 2019) and Overdrawn (September 2019).
A mother of two crazy children, N.J has worked in the care sector for almost twenty years and is now fulfilling her life-long dream of becoming a novelist.
Both titles were published in 2019 by Legend Press.
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