‘The Break’ is the latest book by Sean Gabb, and another that explores another alternate timeline of the UK, as well as the amusing political outcomes of said universe. ‘The Break’ is set in the UK in 2018, in the aftermath of a disastrous event (the break) that has taken modern Britain and thrown her back near enough 1,000 years in time, or put her in an alternate universe in the more accurate sense. Most of the story is based around the quest of a young girl who needs to find her parents who have gone missing during her time abroad in Normandy. The other main character is the nephew of a Byzantine diplomat who have come to England to meet her rulers.
The characters in ‘The Break’ are very believable, and are very fitting for the way that the storyline unfolds; particularly so when the two main story-lines intertwine towards the end of the book. The events that the book revolves around are also very believable, and present a fairly satirical, yet scarily accurate view of the modern world, which shows that our long dead ancestors were probably much more decent and socially advanced than our own world is.
The UK in the world of ‘The Break’ is a police-state where the government controls what people can say or do. People are required to carry identification cards at all times, and there is a clear distinction between the lives of the political elite and the lives of everyone else who live under the boot of their government. It is clear that much of the political satire that is explored in ‘The Break’ shows us a mirror image of our own world, if exaggerated to show where it could potentially head under current conditions.
Sean does an excellent job throughout of gradually raising the suspense and intrigue of the plot, allowing it to simmer to the point where the hidden aspects of the plot come together, revealing the reason for everything that has happened during and before the events of the book. The way that Sean blurs the line between the fictional world in his books and reality brings up many moments that will make you both grin and cringe at the same time as you see the relevance to your own life. In short, this is an excellent book which, although slow at the start, will make you not want to put it down once you get further along the storyline.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book, much as I did with Gabb’s ‘The Churchill Memorandum’. I’m already looking forward to getting my next book of Sean’s once I have finished with my current libertarian book (‘The Market for Liberty). This book is very relevant and enjoyable for both libertarians and non-libertarians alike, and I highly recommend getting it.
Published on the 29th July 2014