I have to be honest from the outset – I LOVE Ben Elton! I doubt it would be possible for him to write a book and me not love it! And Blind Faith is definitely no exception!
As with pretty much all of his work Blind Faith is a darkly satirical work of comedy genius.
The story is set in a future with people that initially made me think of the fat slobish characters portrayed in a more childish way in Wall-E. The overweight, junk food eating, sedentary lifestyles of Wall-E are prominent, but in this very adult world the characters are also near naked – the more flesh on show the better. There is no such thing as privacy, it is a crime, thus everything from losing your virginity, childbirth, death and everything in between is shared in all its bare, gory detailed glory through videos and blogs; in this world social media is ‘Queen’ and the only thing greater is ‘The Temple’ – The King of this distorted society.
The story follows Trafford, who when we first meet him has just had a new baby girl, Caitlin Happymeal with his current wife Chantorria and works as a civil servant for the Temple in their National Data Bank, NatDat, in the DegSep (degrees of separation) department where every detail about every person is collected, collated and cross-referenced. But Trafford is not happy, he craves privacy a word he dare not even speak for fear of reproach. So he tries to hold on to a tiny piece of privacy by keeping his thoughts to himself. He thinks that the Temple is wrong but cannot voice his hatred of it and ‘The Love’, the God of all. Faith was a legal requirement, but Trafford feels alone in his belief that having faith in the Temple, The Love is not something one should have faith in. What kind of God could possibly be good if he bought it upon almost all children to die before they reached the age of 5? Every woman was obliged to have as many children as possible as the survival rate was so low, Trafford had himself lost his first child and knew deeply how painful the loss was – how could any God consider this a good thing? But what Trafford does not realise is that it is due to the fact that vaccination is illegal that the children are dying, dying of diseases that were once irradicated.
An older colleague, Cassius, at fizzycoff (physical office – everything has a short version in this world, kind of like text speech) takes him to lunch and introduces him to a wonderful new world, a world of secrets, books, and vaccination. Trafford is nervous that he is being set-up, entrapped for the Inquisition but after a few more meetings and events he comes to feel safe and alive in this new world. The greatest promise of which is the one thing Trafford wants even more than privacy – for his daughter to survive…
I won’t give away any more of the story as I really think you should read this book! It is a scary insight into how our future could actually develop given our over reliance on the internet and our corrupt all consuming government leaders! Sex, power, fame and glory all come with the ultimate price in this fast-paced story with a disturbing twist and no happy endings…
I love the character development and the way so much of what we hold dear today is twisted into a distorted sickening future that is so believabley real.
Please read, and let me know what you think! Enjoy, I sure did!! 😀
Would you like to live in a world where you have no privacy at all?
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