Tuesday, 23 October 2018

#BlogBlitz: Divide and Rule by Rachel McLean @rachelmcwrites @rararesources #DivideandRule

Published on 23rd October 2018. My thanks to the author for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the Blog Blitz. You can get your copy:
Amazon US - https://www.amazon.com/Divide-Rule-prove-loyalty-Division-ebook/dp/B07GNNR556
Amazon UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Divide-Rule-prove-loyalty-Division-ebook/dp/B07GNNR556


Jennifer Sinclair’s fight to save her political career, her family and her freedom has failed. Traumatised by prison violence, she agrees to transfer to the mysterious British Values Centre.

Rita Gurumurthy has betrayed her country and failed the children in her care. Unlike Jennifer, she has no choice, but finds herself in the centre against her will.

Both women are expected to conform, to prove their loyalty to the state and to betray everything they hold dear. One attempts to comply, while the other rebels. Will either succeed in regaining her freedom?

Divide and Rule is 1984 for the 21st century - a chilling thriller examining the ruthless measures the state will take to ensure obedience, and the impact on two women.

My Thoughts:

Divide and Rule is the Second book in The Division Bell Trilogy. I reviewed the first book, A House Divided here. 

Jennifer's life has taken a dramatic turn in this latest instalment. After the events of A House Divided she is in prison but is given the option to go to the British Values Centre. Also there is Rita Gurumurthy. This is a much darker and sinister story and is an exploration of how women who previously have fought to make a difference have those rights taken away and are expected to conform to a whole new set of beliefs laid down by the state that are not necessarily what they agree too. 

I found the Big Brother approach rather frightening and made this a deeply disturbing read for me. It contained much the same pacing as A House Divided and I found it equally if not more so absorbing. A fascinating portrayal of these two women's lives and what happens to them.

A frightening dystopian style read that had me wanting to read the final book all the more but it also left me chilled to the bone about how we in our society could easily head in this horrendous direction. 

Superb writing, beautifully envisioned. 



About the Author:
I'm Rachel McLean and I write thrillers and speculative fiction.

I'm told that the world wants upbeat, cheerful stories - well, I'm sorry but I can't help. My stories have an uncanny habit of predicting future events (and not the good ones). They're inspired by my work at the Environment Agency and the Labour Party and explore issues like climate change, Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and sexism in high places. All with a focus on how these impact individual people and families.

You can find out more about my writing, get access to deals and exclusive stories or become part of my advance reader team by joining my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub.
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