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HAPPINESS LTD. is a darkly comic thriller with a chilling vision of our consumer culture's future. The world's biggest corporations have united to form the first global nation, promising a new era of prosperity. Happiness Ltd. governs countries like a business: keeping its customers happy, squashing competition, and covering up bad news with a smile. But when star employee ...more
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Published June 23rd 2014 by Laughing Fire Press
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Karen *ReaderGirl*
Nov 08, 2014 Karen *ReaderGirl* rated it it was amazing
this is a very interesting novel, and one that makes you really think. It is well-written and engaging, and is basically about a world that isn’t unlike our own, except for the fact that everything is run by a corporation (Happiness Limited) and they control almost every aspect of the citizens’ lives. It is similar in a way to other dystopian books that usually have a totalitarian government that controls everything, and even the most basic of freedoms have been taken from the people. It is ...more
Megan
Nov 10, 2014 Megan rated it it was amazing
wow, this book was crazy trippy cool! It’s not like most of the books I usually read, but I totally liked it and thought that it was pretty spooky how in a way the world that Mr. McGhee creates isn’t TOO far-fetched, actually, even though it’s presented as satire. The way we worship celebrity (like Ultra) and they are so influential about what people buy and how they think… it’s really quite scary. And it’s interesting how people were mostly referred to as ‘consumers’ instead of ‘people’ as ...more
Layla
Nov 19, 2014 Layla rated it it was amazing
"Happiness Ltd” by Michael McGhee is an eye-opening novel that paints a bleak future if we continue on down this all-obsessive path of extreme consumerism the way we have been. One only needs to stop into a mall (or Walmart, Target) the day after Thanksgiving (ironically, the day we are supposed to be grateful for what we have) to see that the sole focus is buying and having more and more and more… stuff we don’t NEED but we are brainwashed into thinking what we MUST have it (usually by ...more
E.A. Lake
May 30, 2014 E.A. Lake rated it liked it
A very well structured novel. I found only one error (structurally) in the entire novel. There were a few words I wasn't quite sure of, but my copy wouldn't allow me to look them up or research them directly. So I'll just accept the author as correct.

Shades of an updated 1984 to me. That's the best way I can describe the tale without giving too much away. While I got into the characters, Wilson and Celia, I sometimes found myself rooting against them. Not sure why that happened, but it was a not
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Claire
Nov 14, 2014 Claire rated it really liked it
this is the first novel I’ve read from this author, but if he has more I’d love to read them! This was outside my normal genre, but I found myself reading the whole thing in one night! He does a great job of “showing” this alternate reality that the characters inhabit (instead of ‘telling’ us) and really sets the stage nicely and is very descriptive. Yet it is still fast paced and has a lot of fast dialogue which I like. For the most part the characters are likable, even the over the top one of ...more
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Nov 16, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
I thought that even though the overall plot or message behind this book is maybe somewhat familiar or has been done before, the author Michael McGhee really makes it his own and gives it an original and relatable bent. I saw that some other reviews drew some similarities between this book as others such as “1984” or “Brave New World” and while I can see that, “Happiness Ltd” seems to have its own personality and something new to say, as this is more about a corporation, and people being part of ...more
Stacy
Nov 16, 2014 Stacy rated it really liked it
I have some mixed feelings on this novel, “Happiness Ltd” by Michael McGhee. On one hand I found it to be very intelligently-written, and appreciated the heavy irony and tongue-in-cheek approach to the modern society of the all mass capitalism and mindless consumption. I thought the author’s use of the rules and laws the people were bound to was clever and did a great job of showing world-building. The overall message is important and thought-provoking. However, I did feel that there was more ...more
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Michael McGhee is the pen name of a former investigative reporter whose current work requires him to remain anonymous.
Happiness Ltd., his first novel, was published in 2014.
He grew up in Chicago and lives in New York City.
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