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No Place on Earth by Louis Charbonneau

No Place on Earth

by Louis Charbonneau

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In the year 2240, Earth is ruled by the dictatorial Population Control Corps, which keeps the world in a state of constant famine. Petr Clayborne's father, Jack Clayborne, was a senior figure in the Underground, the only political opposition, but was executed when Petr was a child. Petr has no interest in following in his father's footsteps.

Petr is in PCC custody, and is being interrogated, with pharmaceutical help. Members of the Underground are given a false tooth with a liquid memory obliterator, instead of cyanide, if they are caught. Petr has used his fake tooth, and the PCC has supposedly developed a drug to reverse the obliterator. Captain Hartung of the PCC, a romantic rival for the affection of Petr's wife, Alda, is convinced that Petr knows the location and destination of a secret submarine which is about to slip out of the PCC's surveillance.

During the drug injections, Petr relives his life. Alda's father, who may or may not be a senior figure in the Underground, does not approve of their relationship, because of Petr's unwillingness to join the Underground. Alda and Petr are married in a bureaucratic process which bears a strong resemblance to spending a day at the DMV. They decide to have a child before they are authorized to do so, something which is very illegal. Petr eventually finds the Underground, which agrees to help them escape in the above-mentioned submarine. But, at every pickup point in New York City, the PCC is waiting. The only possible explanation is that there is a "mole" in the Underground. Does Petr reveal the sub's location to Captain Hartung? Do Alda and Petr escape via the Underground? What does the Underground know that could destroy the PCC's hold on power?

This one is pretty good. It is very "1984"-ish in that a loyal citizen slowly turns into an enemy of the state. It's a pretty "quiet" story in that there is very little violence until the end. For those who like reading dystopia stories, this is well worth reading. ( )
  plappen | Dec 12, 2015 |
This book (written in 1958) is another entry to the world ruled by "The Leader" and the "Leaders' Party".
The world population now lives 200+ years and is always on the verge of famine so there are strict population controls. These controls are in the form of laws monitored by the feared PCC (Population Control Corp), who are vigilant at routing out enemies of the state (People who what to have more than 2 children or have them outside the prosrcibed age range (50 to 65 years old). Of coarse the plot revoles around just such a couple.
What makes this book a little different is it's told though a series of flash backs during the interogation of the main charactor Petr Claybourne.
As the story unfolds you find out about the "underground", double agents spies ect.
Overall I enoyed this book even if some of it is a little dated. ( )
  usnmm2 | Jul 25, 2008 |
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