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This is the world of Ben Elton's Blind Faith.
Despite the fact that this is the only world Trafford Sewell has ever known, he wants more from life. Initially his defiance consists of little things like keeping his dreams secret "in order to enjoy the sensual pleasure of having a secret."
Then comes the fatal day when a work colleague approaches him with an offer to get his baby daughter vaccinated. Having already lost one young child, Trafford is desperate to give this baby the best chance of survival so, while he is aware that the consequences will be dire if he is caught, he agrees to the procedure.
Once he has committed this crime, further acts of defiance are inevitable.
It's been many years since I read George Orwell's 1984 and my memory of the story is rather hazy, but this book feels like 1984 re-imagined for a future based on a way of life that Orwell couldn't possibly have imagined.
The world of Blind Faith is inhabited mainly by unappealing characters, totally lacking in sincerity. The events that take place often feel completely absurd. And yet, when I think about the way many young people behave today, I can't help feeling that we're headed down the path to a similar and equally horrible future.
This book is a thought-provoking read. In Trafford Sewell's world, reading it would be a crime.