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I wasn’t too keen on the cover. I wasn’t sure what the symbolic silhouette of the people represented. First glance, it looked like one of those traffic crossing signs you see outside schools. The author name wasn’t prominent enough and as a thumb nail, hard to see.
The title was spot on, though. I liked the way the name ‘The Stratosphere’ seemed to be written in blood or that was my impression anyway. The blurb was bold and strong but the last lines: And it certainly is not an alien invasion or zombies. The threat is imminent, and it lies waiting where you least expect… I’d have liked to have shortened it to: It’s is not an alien invasion or zombies. The threat is imminent, and it’s waiting (or coming) … but that’s me being picky. Overall, it’s a strong blurb.
Look inside is the next most important thing about a book, and this book has a prologue. Again, it’s strong and draws me in straight away. It asks the question: If freedom is the power to exercise choice, what would happen in a world where everyone is free? And I’m left wanting to know what does it mean by ‘everyone is free’? Free to do whatever they like?
Big Brother is dead. The real threat is not government. It is not big business. It is not artificial intelligence. It is not your friends, your colleges or your neighbors. It is not climate change, a comet, or a supernova. It is not an EMP, WWIII, terrorism or a nuclear accident. And it certainly is not an alien invasion or zombies. The threat is imminent, and it lies waiting where you least expect…