- Title: No Child of Mine
- Author: Olga Gibbs
- Publisher: Raging Bear Publishing on October 21, 2021
- Genre: Dystopian Political Thriller
- Pages: 340
- Formats Available: Paperback & Digital
- Rating: 4/5
Trigger Warnings: Murder, Gruesome Death, Violence
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About No Child of Mine
“No Child of Mine” is a story of a father’s journey to save his child from a totalitarian regime, who is in order to bury the truth prepared to exterminate an entire generation.
57th Year of the true leadership of The Ordained Liberating Party; or Year 2273 by the old calendar.
“The Collapse” took millions of lives and most of the country’s farming lands, bringing the surviving population of the island to the brink of starvation.
Out of the aftermath of the chaos and anarchy, a new state had emerged, known as The Federation Britannia, run by the single and unopposed Ordained Liberating Party.
The division of the country’s orphanages for children of “the true citizens” and children of “the enemies of the state” began the clearance of the questionable element, and bloody years of the Age of Cleansing had finished the purge, leaving behind a perfectly obedient electorate that marched every year in the Liberation Day parades, praising the Party’s leadership and following the Party’s every directive.
The rule of the Party is absolute. Its tool of compliance, the State Security Unit, is feared.
Tom isn’t a frightened follower, he is a true believer. He loves the Party with all his heart. He trusts in the Party’s wisdom. The Party had raised him, rewarding his devotion and love with a lucrative engineering job, and after the approval for the Procreation licence, it also granted him a family.
But the unexpected midnight visit by the State Security to his flat, questions asked and blood samples collected, unsettles Tom more than he likes to admit, and the following day, whilst investigating the “black uniforms” interest, Tom witnesses the State Security troops, led by the familiar officer, marshalling the children from his daughter’s nursery, packing them into trucks and taking them into the unknown.
At that moment Tom is forced to make a decision: either to follow the Party directive and to surrender his child into its plenary care or to protect what he loves and run.
But there’s nowhere to run. There’s no escape from the island or from the complete control of the Ordained Liberating Party.Provided by Zooloo’s Book Tours for Tour Use
No Child of Mine is a thrilling ride through an unimaginable world. This world was so believable that it’s possible to see it in my mind’s eye as a possible future. Olga Gibbs’ writing had me enthralled with each new chapter. The whole story is heartwrenching while still being realistic.
Tom and Judy live in an area that used to be England and Scotland. But the ruling party runs by creating fear and submission from the citizens. Parents aren’t allowed to raise the children they have to get a license to have. No one has a choice in any matter. But Tom loves his party. Until one night, his world comes crashing down. A mysterious virus is taking over. Children in the country are being rounded up and taken away. Will Tom and his family make it through this ordeal, or will they all die trying?
I hated Tom. The misguided love of the country’s political system made him seem like a terrible human being. Judy couldn’t confide in Tom for fear of upsetting him, yet she was the love of his life? He didn’t treat her very well. His change of heart didn’t sit well with me either. It was as if he had a complete personality change, and neither one was all that appealing. I kept reading to learn more about Felix and Tilly. I adored Felix, and Judy was also a favorite character. My heart broke for poor little Tilly. She deserved so much better.
Since this novel is dystopian, the world isn’t appealing. Though, the use of the most famous churches and buildings in the UK as mundane premises was a bit thrilling. I wish it expanded more in the book, but it didn’t fit in the storyline, so I see why it wasn’t. Though, I could have a field day sitting and talking with the author about her vision for this new world. I think that would be a fascinating conversation.
Overall, I loved this book because it makes you think. However, the writer’s style was a tiny bit odd. Nothing extreme, but some sentences and passages were hard to understand. While this oddness wouldn’t affect most people, it took my focus from the story. When I was die-hard inside the book, I would come across one of these sentences and get jolted right out. My pounding heart came from the reading, then the jolt annoyed me.
With that said, I award No Child of Mine 4 out of 5 stars. The story itself is definitely a 5-star read, but those odd sentences got to me. If you love political thrillers, this is the book for you. The dystopian worldview adds a gritty bit of character to the story that people will love. I recommend picking up this book for a weekend soiree into a strange kind of reality.
About the Author – Olga Gibbs
Olga Gibbs is a mental health expert who has experience of working with disturbance in adolescents and young people. Using her Masters in Creative Writing, she explores taboo topics such as borderline personality and social effective disorder, effects of abuse and insecure attachment in young people and the inner world which is so rarely spoken about. She was born and raised in USSR and now lives in UK. Olga Gibbs is also a creative writing coach and mentor. Please visit author website www.OlgaGibbs.com for more information on upcoming books.