Are you who they say you are?
This debut dystopian sci-fi novel explores the meaning of identity in a dangerous, near-future London in which genetic engineering is commonplace, and the genome of every baby is sequenced at birth.
London, 2052. There’s an ID tag embedded in the flesh of your neck. Your every move is tracked. Your genes tell the State nearly everything about you.
Everything you are.
Everything you were.
Everything you will be.
For Freya, Kane, and the rest of this fledgling generation, the battle to break free of their genetic horoscopes will not be without bloodshed.
Holly Cave was born in Devon, UK, in 1983. She has a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London. She spent four years working at the Science Museum in London. After a career break to travel the world, Holly became a freelance writer and now writes about science for non-expert audiences alongside her fiction work. She lives in rural Buckinghamshire in a wisteria-draped pub (yes, pub) with her husband and dog, Cooper. The Generation is her debut novel (although she wrote a number of unpublished works with her father on his typewriter in the 1990s).
The Generation is set in the wake of a European economic crash. The State now govern the continent with a socialist motto ("We Are One") but a lust for control over the population.
If all communication is monitored, if all media is biased, how are secret messages spread?
Angie had guarded against this. Her victories would not be swept to one side, left to idle, misinformed rumour. No, the State might not discuss it. No, the State-run media corporations might not allow it to make the news. No, the survivors and those present might not be told the truth. But there were people out there, people who had lived before the Takeover, people who understood the meaning of free will and who still held a vestige of their former influence and power. And at this moment, some of those people were waking up to her anonymous message on their Indexes. They would know of a quiet revolution, one that was serious enough not to let human lives get in the way.