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The Transformation by Robin Buckallew

The Transformation (2012)

by Robin Buckallew

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She works for the government by day. She works against the government by night. Until one day, she finds herself in the hands of the Interrogators, a not-so-secret torture team that maintains rigid order in an increasingly chaotic world. With a proud heritage of strength and independence to draw on, will Typha have what it takes to survive? After the Transformation, the government is left in the hands of a council of elders, who govern according to their interpretation of the Bible. Women, regarded as little more than breeding machines, return to the kitchen and the bedroom, where they reproduce so rapidly that all the world s ecosystems are being threatened with extinction. As the world goes mad around them, a brave group of men and women go underground, determined to fight for what they believe, even if it means war. An epic clash between church and state unites two scientists, linked by blood and their love of freedom. The future of the species is in their hands.… (more)
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Being a dystopian novel with parallel plot lines. The first describes an age roughly contemporary to our own during which an Obamaesque president, moved by a spasm of piety, announces an extreme natalist policy (the eponymous "transformation") which rapidly spreads into misogyny throughout society, particularly in education and the professions. The second takes place three generations later, by which time the policy has evolved into a brutal theocracy ruling over a world which is so overpopulated that all animals (except humans, of course) have died, pollution has made the sun invisible so that the people must live inside illuminated domes, and all the plants are similarly extinct except for a handful kept alive in a laboratory to produce an atmosphere for the humans. The lab is operated by a dissatisfied and restive botanist, the great-granddaughter of a botanist who fought the original transformation. Both plots are very interesting, and the book's message packs a real punch. But will the common man heed it?
  Big_Bang_Gorilla | Aug 18, 2012 |
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Typha breathed a sigh of relief as the TV face ended the daily news and signed off for the night.
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