#Blogtour #BookReview - Kid: A History of the Future by Sebastian de Souza @sebdesouza @midaspr @Baughly #Offliner #Kid #KidAHistoryOfTheWorld #YA #DystopianFiction
Release date - 18th March 2021
Book length - 624 pages
Publisher - Offliner Press
West End Lane Books
I want to thank Ashley from www.midaspr.co.uk for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
The year 2078.
Like all other major cities, London is a silent wasteland, abandoned and crumbling, populated only by the renegade 'Offliner' movement, the lawless 'Seekers' and other minorities that rejected The Upload in 2060. As a result, these rebels live off the grid and in abject poverty, taking shelter in makeshift shantytowns and hideouts. The Offliners have made the disused Piccadilly Circus Tube station their home: a fully self-sufficient, subterranean community of about 500 people, known as the 'Cell'.
In 2060, following a series of deadly pandemics, devastating environmental disasters and a violent surge in cyber terrorism, the UN made it compulsory for every tax paying citizen in all of its 193 united nations to login to the Perspecta Universe: a virtual reality universe provided by the tech giant Gnosys Inc. So began a period of history known as The Upload. Totally safe, pollution free, environmentally friendly: what was an alternative reality at first has become the only reality.
Now, in 2078, billions of people all around the world exist in dedicated Hab-Belts - massive dormitory complexes surrounding the major cities - unconscious of the world around them: living, working, loving, learning, inside the Perspecta Universe. KID - A History of The Future follows Josh 'Kid' Jones, a young Offliner who discovers that an antiquated piece of technology called an 'iPhone', left to him by his father, seemingly allows him to communicate with the past through social media. He strikes up a friendship with Isabel Parry, a 16 year old in 2021, and the two begin communicating through time and space via Instagram. In doing so they are not only changing their own fate, but also the fate of the rest of the world.
WOW. Simply wow! Engaging characters, a compelling and addictive plotline, and a story that will make you stop and think about so many elements of life long after you turn the page, this is KID: A HISTORY OF THE FUTURE by Sebastian de Souza.
In 2078, our world is not the one we know now. After multiple pandemics and climate disasters have destroyed the air, most people have stepped out of the real world and plugged into a virtual world called Perspecta, run by tech company Gnosys. But not everyone wants to abandon real life. Josh Jones, also known as Kid, is an Offliner, living in one of the Cells that exists in the London Underground, where his friends have become his family. Whenever they need to scavenge above ground, they take Roxi, which gives them a limited amount of time up top, but this is something else that is controlled by the tech company that wants to wipe the Offliners from the face of the planet. After all, if you aren't plugged in, you are less than human in their eyes. As the Cells are targeted, Josh is desperate to find a way to stop Gnosys and Hamilton Rogers, the man in charge of it all, but how can they take down the most powerful company in the world? When Josh finds an old iPhone, he stumbles into a conversation with Izzy and they become friends. But Izzy is special - not only is she intelligent and savvy, but she is also living and breathing in 2021. And maybe, just maybe, she can find a way to put a stop to Perspecta before it can begin ...
KID: A HISTORY FOR THE FUTURE deals with every issue that is forefront in our minds these days and deals with them in such a relatable way that I genuinely think it will make me people stop and evaluate some of their choices, and come together to make a change. From our obsession with social media and being a 'somebody', to climate change and its devastating effects, to powerful and corrupt governments putting money before people, this story weaves it all elegantly throughout each chapter but it never feels forced or too heavy. The music references, descriptions of London, and the relationships that bloom in this book make this story all the richer. The characters are witty, likeable, and sharp, and while you may think this is a large book to sit down with, you will find yourself engrossed immediately and unwilling to put this book down. I have read dystopian fiction before but never like this - the future, our present, all come alive and I cannot wait to read more from Sebastian de Souza.
KID: A HISTORY OF THE FUTURE by Sebastian de Souza is an excellent book for young adults and adults alike, and one that is sure to spark many interesting family conversations.
Sebastian de Souza is an author, actor, writer and musician. As an actor, he began his career playing the title role of Matty in E4's Bafta-Award winning teen drama Skins. Following that, he starred in Neil Jordan's Emmy-Award winning 'The Borgias' alongside Jeremy Irons and Holliday Grainger. He played Milo in the Ealing Studios coming-of-age drama 'Kids In Love', opposite Will Poulter and Cara Delevingne. Sebastian also co-wrote the film. Sebastian can currently be seen playing Sandro Botticelli in 'Medici: Masters of Florence', a Netflix Original Series; as Gareth in Oscar-nominated Lenny Abrahamson's adaptation of Sally Rooney's best-selling novel 'Normal People' for the BBC and Hulu; and playing the title role of Leo in 'The Great' for Hulu, opposite Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, written by Tony Macnamara, who was Oscar-nominated and won the BAFTA for 'The Favourite'. Sebastian's professional writing career began aged 19 when he co-wrote the Ealing Studios coming-of-age drama 'Kids In Love'. He currently has a YA TV show in development and his play 'Hammersmith & City' will debut next year. 'Kid - A History of The Future' is his first novel and will be published by Offliner Press in March 2021. Sebastian is a singer-songwriter and composer. The Serial release of his novel 'Kid - A History of the Future' will be accompanied by the weekly release of the world's first 'PodOpera' - an immersive auditory experience. Half audiobook, half musical, this innovative content series will tell the story of Kid in a way no story has ever been told before. All original songs and an original score will be co-written by Sebastian.
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