I am delighted to finally get my chance to share my thoughts with you on this, the last day of the #BlogTour for “The Prole Soldier” by Oliver Tidy. My thanks to Oliver for my eARC and also to Caroline for my spot on the tour. This book is available to purchase in eBook format and can be purchased HERE.
In Rainbow City your colour counts.
Theo lives and works in the Blue Zone of Rainbow City. He is almost sixteen at which age he will begin four years conscription – military or mines. He wants neither. He hates his life and despises the cruelty, injustice and inequality that prevails. When the opportunity arises for Theo to be involved in the fight for change he grabs it, knowing that failure will cost him everything.
The synopsis sums up this book perfectly, the injustice, inequality, cruelty and lack of hope in this brillaint dystopian story. The first in the Rainbow City series, and what a start it is. Theo is nearly 16 years old and is due to start a new chapter in his life, that is the rule, that is what must happen. The only other choice is death! Not a choice as such, but it is a way out some may think about or even choose.
Oliver has written many books, I have some on my TBR and have read only one as part of the Blog Tour last year for “The Fallen Agent” and I thoroughly enjoyed it (this is where i hang my head in shame for not reading more). The Prole Soldier is a journey into a dystopian world, one where sectors are zones, each zone is a different colour. The colour of the zone denotes your role in society. If you think of the zones in “The Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins, then you will get a good idea of how this works. There are many believable aspects to this book and I found similarities to The Handmaidens Tale and also 1984, but the author has brought a new, more up to date and modern feel. I loved the world through the eyes of Theo who wants more from his life. He does not want to do what is expected of him, or what Rainbow City dictates. He is a character with hope for something better and has the opportunity to help instigate change.
The story depicts a very real feel to the city and the zones. The way of life for Theo and those in the Blue Zone is harsh, basic and very unforgiving. Yes they have food, clothes, work, electric and the very basic things needed to sustain, but there is a catch. If you don’t work you don’t eat. If you are ill and cannot get to work, then you don’t eat. The focus on the social injustice is told in a very addictive way through the first half of the book, then as you carry on further you sense a real change. I am not going into details but I will say that this change is dramatic, dangerous and potentially deadly. It is a great twist and one that I really did not expect.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it has a great atmospheric darkness and depth that pulls you into a desperate and gritty story. Where you live makes a difference in how you are treated, the difference between the “have’s” and the “have not’s”, even here the author has introduced an opinion from those that “have”, what you discover is that life is not all that rosy from their side of the fence either.
If you are a fan of 1984, The Hunger Games, The Handmaidens Tale (there are a couple of others, but I cannot give names here as it could potentially be a spoiler), then this is a book you really need to read. It has a gritty well written plot with a cast of characters that compliment it in a very balanced and well opinionated way. A book that I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND and also one I am excited and impatient to read more in the series.
About the Author:
Crime writing author Oliver Tidy has had a life-long love affair with books. He dreams of one day writing something that he could find in a beautifully-jacketed hard-cover or paperback copy on a shelf in a book shop. He’d even be happy with something taking up space in the remainder bin, on a pavement, in the rain, outside The Works.
He found the time and opportunity to finally indulge his writing ambition after moving abroad to teach English as a foreign language to young learners eight years ago. Impatient for success and an income that would enable him to stay at home all day in his pyjamas he discovered self-publishing. He gave it go. By and large readers have been kind to him. Very kind. Kind enough that two years ago he was able to give up the day job and write full-time. Mostly in his pyjamas.
Oliver Tidy has fourteen books in three series, a couple of stand-alone novels and a couple of short story collections. All available through Amazon (clickable link to Am Author Page). Among his books are The Romney and Marsh Files (British police procedurals set in Dover) and the Booker & Cash novels, a series of private detective tales set in the south of England and published by Bloodhound Books. Oliver is back living on Romney Marsh in the UK. His home. He still wakes in the night from time to time shouting about seeing his books on a shelf in Waterstones.
For more on Oliver Tidy and his books, check out his website: Website
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