Synopsis
A game for the times we live – and die – in. Enter Psychotopia, a dark new dystopian novel from the author of the acclaimed Silas Quinn mysteries.
Psychotopia, Level one. Create your own boutique psychopath, then deceive, manipulate and be ruthless, spreading mayhem and destruction to reach the next levels.
It’s the computer game for our times. After all, the amount of crazy in the world is increasing. Senseless violence on the streets is becoming the norm. Can Dr Arbus’s ground-breaking device identify and neutralize psychopaths before it’s too late? In this increasingly dysfunctional world, surely Callum standing by Aimee after her devastating encounter with Charlie is proof that real love and goodness can still win in a world that’s increasingly rotten . . . Or can it?

Review Psychotopia by Fany Van Hemelen:
This is a book that got under my skin. Britain in the future is a dark, individualistic society and it’s strange but psychopaths are increasing at this time. Psychotopia is a thriller, but even more it’s a provoking and dark sci-fi and dystopian novel. Glen Parfett has an incredible hard case. He knows by looking at a person who’s a psychopath. The day he has to dig into the case of Aimee, who’s charged with murder, he has a very difficult job at the National Force. Aimée is a young woman, who got involved in one weekend in a fairy tale with an evil side. Since that day everything changed for her.

The part of the making of the virtual reality game called Psychotopia is crawling in my head. By internal notes I get an idea of how the new game could be developed to reach so many players. Oscar Winslett, Head of Game Development at Alpha Games is a very dangerous man. He is creating a game with a psychopathic side in his soul, so this has to be going to be very demonic.

Pshychotopia is a bit chaotic and weird, but at the end I understand how well-written this dystopian novel is.
The book is written in an aloof way and told from the third person. Maybe this is the reason I read horrifying facts and don’t get upset.

This is a brilliant book about how our world could be in the future and I hope it will stay fiction. New technology is attractive, but will it help us at the end of the day or is it a menace?

Psychotopia is a book about giving up your freedom for your needs and how easy we could be manipulated even we don’t think so.

This intriguing novel made me think and in fact ask myself, when does the cure is maybe more terrifying than the event? Why do psychopaths exist? Is it possible to create one and with the Arbus machine, it is possible to see the signs of a psychopathic profile as a child and to take action. Ethical questions show up. Isn’t it evil to do those things or do we have to try even things like for example sterilisation to save our world? And is technology our soul mate or an enemy?

I am looking forward to reading another alarming novel by R. N. Morris. If you like a different dystopian/sci-fi book than this definitely is one to read!

R. N. Morris

R. N. Morris is the author of ten novels. The latest is Psychotopia.
A Gentle Axe, was published by Faber and Faber in 2007. Set in St Petersburg in the nineteenth century, it features Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Dostoevsky’s great novel, Crime and Punishment. The book was published in many countries, including Russia. He followed that up with A Vengeful Longing, which was shortlisted for the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award (as the CWA Gold Dagger was briefly known). A Razor Wrapped in Silk came next, followed by The Cleansing Flames, which was nominated for the Ellis Peters Historical Novel Dagger.
The Silas Quinn series of novels, set in London in 1914, began with Summon Up The Blood, followed by The Mannequin House, The Dark Palace and The Red Hand of Fury. The next novel in the series, The White Feather Killer, will be published in April 2019.
Taking Comfort is a standalone contemporary novel, written as Roger Morris.
He also wrote the libretto to the opera When The Flame Dies, composed by Ed Hughes.

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Titel: Psychotopia | Auteur: R. N. Morris | Uitgeverij: Severn House Publishers Ltd | Categorie: fictie | Uitvoering: hardcover, paperback of E-book  | 240 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9780727888396 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: oktober 2018 |Recensent: Fany van Hemelen  | Datum recensie: 23-03-2019 | Prijs max.: €23,99 | Bestellen