Blind Faith

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Ben Elton

GENRES:
Sci-Fi, Dystopian

SUMMARY:
Blind Faith tells the story of Trafford Sewell’s struggle for privacy and individuality in a future where sharing every feeling and experience has become a legal requirement.

RESPONSE:
Trafford’s evolving thoughts and associated actions make for compelling reading. The book is short when compared with Ben Elton’s previous novels; and the characters, despite being forced to put everything on display, are mere sketches of the people necessary to play out the story. Both factors work to add punch to Elton’s central theme: that a society dominated by religion and steered by feelings rather than thoughts is heading into a moral and technological cul de sac.

I read this book hard on the heels of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, and it had a similar impact on my thinking. However, the fact that Blind Faith was achieved in fewer words and without me resenting the author for being pompous to the point of counterproductivity ensures that Blind Faith is the book I will recommend to friends.

POINT BLANK:
This is a great read if you're after a combination of sci-fi and religious philosophy.


Reviewed by Worldslaziestbusker

Just a bit too much

I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, it was a quick and entertaining read, and I agreed with almost every satirical point Elton made.

On the other hand, the story was just all a bit too much. The characters were grating, the society was detestable, and I knew how it would end before the first chapter was done. I feel that Elton combined too many distasteful social elements of classic dystopian sci-fi into one story, and it just didn't quite work for me. He satirises religion, urbanisation, obesity, fashion, feminism, nationalism, worker's rights, and social networking (facespace, anyone?). As if that wasn't enough, he even throws in some cautionary references to climate change.

Phew. On second thought, maybe this is an achievement to be proud of... if I could have cared at least a little bit about the characters.