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Useful Idiots By Jan Mark,

  • Title: Useful Idiots
  • Author: Jan Mark
  • ISBN: 9780099473008
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Paperback
  • Set in a highly realistic dystopic future, where the lowlands of Britain are flooded, this beautifully realised novel explores a world where archaeology is controlled for fear of social unrest One bleak morning, a storm across the North Sea unveils a human skull, which leads to a series of events that changes the lives of those involved Merrick, a young graduate archaeolSet in a highly realistic dystopic future, where the lowlands of Britain are flooded, this beautifully realised novel explores a world where archaeology is controlled for fear of social unrest One bleak morning, a storm across the North Sea unveils a human skull, which leads to a series of events that changes the lives of those involved Merrick, a young graduate archaeology student becomes embroiled in the task of discovering the origins of the skull His interest in this bizarre case brings him into contact with the Inglish, a remnant tribe eking out an existence on the edge of Europe In this wildly progressive new world, it is they who will be affected the most This is a compelling vision of England as it could be in the not so distant future.
    Useful Idiots Set in a highly realistic dystopic future where the lowlands of Britain are flooded this beautifully realised novel explores a world where archaeology is controlled for fear of social unrest One ble

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    1. spoiler alert This book was hard to get into at first, but when I got to the middle, it got interesting The story is set in a futuristic England, where rising oceans have destroyed what was once the coast When a skeleton is found on an aboriginal a group of people who adhere to the old way of life, i.e life in the world as we know it today beach, Merrick, a grad student in archeology, helps dig up and study the bones He discovers that the man was a grave robber, searching for pearls of great va [...]

    2. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 Firstly, this is not a young adult book in my opinion The protagonist and all the other characters are quite clearly adults and, although the books deals with the theme of better understanding the world and moving from a position of naiveness to clarity, this doesn t make it YA That said, it could be enjoyed by young adults and adults alive.The book is less pacy than most YA books, particularly at the start But it s intriguing and draws you in slowly It s not a book you [...]

    3. In 2255 a gale rips through a beach and exposes the ancient boglands below, and embedded in the bog is a body A team of archaeologists excavate the body, but it is on the edge of land beloning to the Inglish, an Aboriginal community living an archaic and forgotten way of life The removal of the body will set off a chain of events that threatens not only the existence of the science of archaeology, but the ongoing tolerance of Aboriginal communities all across Europe But the skeleton also conceal [...]

    4. disclaimer I read an advanced copy galley proofs Very rarely do I come across a book that makes me regret the time I spent reading it Unfortunately, this is one of those books Perhaps some editing was done before the final publication, but there were bigger problems than typos in the galley proofs Scenes would change with no indication of the setting three paragraphs or even a few pages into the new scene, you would finally get some detail and realize that you were in an office and no longer at [...]

    5. Have to agree with other reviews slow to start, then un put downable, rounded off with a disappointing ending I ll probably keep an eye out for other things by this author the world building was awesome and the writing very controlled, the characters take a while to warm up but then you re sucked in Too bad she didn t do with all the build up I realize she s making an interesting point with how she left things, but I would have preferred an interesting story.

    6. This was discarded from the library but I grabbed it to read It seemed a little out of place in YA Might have seen use in adult SF collection Very interesting world building but it got so complicated with political plots and nefarious doings that I was left confused and unsatisfied I was never sure who was in the right at the end

    7. Set in the uk in the year 2255 A young archaeology graduate makes a grim discovery that leads him to a group of Aboriginal people who are defending the old ways Reading this book is like being shrouded in the mists of the fens where the Oyster people live An eerie, thoughtful story that remained with me long after the reading.

    8. Extraordinary unusual children s book with some pretty heavy messagea about the environment, ecology and society Very well written with some great characters who stayed with me long after I d read the final page Definitely worth reading and reading again

    9. This book was very engaging and thought provoking It deals with political and ethical issues, and I absolutely loved the way it made me think The ending was slightly disappointing, as it felt sort of incomplete, but other than that it was great.

    10. I really enjoyed this until the last 30 or so pages when it suddenly becomes an action novel and resolves none of conflicts.

    11. I don t know what I expected, but this book did not deliver for me Anti climax It could be that I read it in fits and startsbut the future world in this book never materialized.

    12. A truly extraordinary novel, and the last one this author wrote The combination of unique setting, strange culture and unusual perspective makes this a must read.

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