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Blind Faith

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  3,436 ratings  ·  322 reviews
Imagine a world where everyone knows everything about everybody. Where 'sharing' is valued above all, and privacy is considered a dangerous perversion.

Trafford wouldn't call himself a rebel, but he's daring to be different, to stand out from the crowd. In his own small ways, he wants to push against the system. But in this world, uniformity is everything. And even tiny def
Paperback, 367 pages
Published May 19th 2008 by Black Swan (first published 2007)
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This book explores many issues that are prevalent in today's society such as vaccinations, religion, privacy, education, personal appearance, going with the mob, blind faith - too much to delve into in this review.

Blind Faith is a very apt title as most characters in this book are following faith blindly, just because someone says this is the way something is then it is believed and accepted and we have a lot of sheep living life aimlessly. Elton exaggerates what can happen if we lose ourselves
why can't i give a book zero stars? this book gets zero stars.
maybe even negative stars.

also i would like to add that if you think this book is good you should try to read better books so that you have some sort of standard of comparison. seriously: people are probably talking about this behind your back.
Alice De Deken
Are you wondering what the disadvantages could be of a world with no privacy and where sharing is imperative? Then you should definitely read this book. Blind faith describes one of the futures that could happen to mankind as a result of the evolution of technology. Blind faith will constantly make you think about everyday stuff and makes you without a doubt appreciate your privacy.

Blind faith is well written from beginning to end. Once you start reading, you just cannot stop. While approaching
Regina Lindsey
In much the same vein as Farenheit 451, A Brave New World, and 1984, Elton takes the theme of total government control through current technology with well-developed characters and spins a masterful, if not terrifying tale.

After a cataclysmic flood caused by Global Warming occurs, society is run by a government with The Temple at its head. The Temple seems to be an ammalgamation of various belief from Christianity to Green Mythology, with the exclusion of Islam. Science is Evil. Everlasting lo
This was my first Ben Elton, and I'll definitely be reading more.

Whilst being funny, this book was actually a little scary. Ok, so this is a gross exaggeration of the way our society seems to be headed, but it's still the way our society is headed nonetheless.

Privacy is a thing that many people claim to hold dear, yet many of us also use sites like MySpace and Facebook on a regular basis. This, however is through choice. How would people feel if they were forced to upload every TINY detail about
Ben Elton's novel is fun, an updated version of 1984 with real twists that reflect modern day England's obsession with both religion and statistics not to mention any remaining sense of privacy. While the novel ostensibly mocks faith it is equally harsh on celebrity culture and casual perhaps even indifferent attention to sex.
This book has it all, and more. A gripping plot, excellent writing and characters that you really care about. There was one plot twist that was a bit predictable, but other than that I cannot find a flaw with this book, I really can't.

Blind Faith follows the journey of one man's awakening in a post-apocalyptic UK society where everyone is expected to share everything about their lives, by law. Everyone must blog and Tube the most important moments, to take pride in themselves as they were create
This book reminded me a lot of Orwell's 1984, however the society depicted was a lot more ridiculous than that in 1984 (the book IS a black comedy though). A little predictable at times, but still a good read.

The world depicted is in the near future (say 50 years) after global warming has flooded a lot of the world - the book is set in London, which is now a series of islands. Basically a perverted form of religion has taken over, where nothing is private and everything must be shared with every
Ai-lin Kee
I have mixed feelings about this book.

Ben Elton's satirical commentary about life does strike a chord. The irony of our quest to promote and encourage individualism and human rights, causes society to lose its soul. We do things and say things because society expects us to. We seek more and more to belong. We blindly follow where we are led and forget to question and be critical.

Even though, I understand that the story is set in a really bizarre future to re-inforce the how ridiculous society h
This book was a gift, that i'd probably not have bought for myself. I'd read Ben Elton's earlier work, but hadn't picked up anything since Inconceivable. At the time of reading i had yet to read Orwell's 1984, but have read Brave New World many years ago. Co-incidence really that the next book i read was 1984.

The parallels are obvious, but Elton's take has more of a satirical humourous look at a a future world in a very obsessive 'big brother' society.

Lisa Macon
This may just be the absolute best novel I've ever read. No, the best book even. Let me put it this way - it's the first book I did not remove from my Kindle after completing it because I absolutely know I will be reading it again.

The year is never clearly stated but the math puts it somewhere around 2120. Post-apocelyptic Earth has survived a flood that wiped out half of the planet's land mass and inhabitants. What's left is a mess. The part of the world we focus on is London and the UK. The Ea
Jim Thornton
It's a shame that a lot of people dismiss Ben Eltons books as 'lightweight' because he's also a comedian. I've enjoyed all his books and this one was no exception. A rather narrow dividing line between between fact and fiction in many areas and a fantastic attack on our inane and mindless celebrity culture, as well as a parody on religious 'faith'. Given that he managed to weave in a futiure where global warming has flooded the planet, he certainly managed to reflect a number of current issues! ...more
Esther Lowe
Nov 26, 2007 Esther Lowe rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no-one
This book made me feel like I had just watched an entire series of big brother - which is kind of the point but I'm sure you can be satirical about the dumbing down of society without dumbing down your book to the same level. It is crass and revolting. Totally uninspiring text, not funny, not enlightening in the slightest, and the ending is about as anticlimactic as they come. At least it is relatively short and only wasted half a day of my life. For a much better satirical look at where the cur ...more
H.M.C. H.M.C.
I absolutely loved this book. Ben Elton puts a brilliant futuristic spin on Orwell's classic, 1984, with similar themes and a cast of intriguing and mentally unstable characters.
This book shouldn't be taken too seriously, as I believe the intended message is one of mockery upon a 'fill your children's bucket with confidence' culture, and 'give 'em all a trophy' attitude, and how that could potentially affect future generations. The social media projections are a laugh, too. Put this on your 'to
Part 1984, part Fahrenheit 451, Blind Faith is set in a dystopian post global warming future. A future where everyone's lives are permanently on the Web and where the cults of self and celebrity along with a deeply intolerant religious state create a nightmare world.

The idea is good, though Elton's satire is used more as a club than a rapier and you do rather feel that the message could have been driven home just as effectively with a little more subtlety.
'1984' for an internet generation. A bit too jaded and cynical for my taste, though Elton is a master world-builder. Not overly fond of being smacked over the head with repeated 'atheism is the only true reasonable way!' message, nor did I think the jab at the One campaign all that witty. Lost pace towards the end.
I do feel slightly guilty for disliking things Ben Elton writes. After all, he is one of the people behind Blackadder. Unfortunately, it turns out he's not exactly a great novelist.

Blind Faith is set in a future where climate change has flooded much of the Earth, overcrowding is everpresent, and people have turned their back on science and reason. Instead, society is a voyeuristic, exhibitionist, faith-based, reality-TV like mess. Everyone live streams almost every moment of their lives on the w
David James
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Blind Faith

‘The Lord made Heaven and Earth. The Lord made us. The Lord does this, the Lord wants that. We don’t know how or why, we don’t need to know, it just happens. There’s never any explanation, it’s all a miracle. Children are born, some die, it’s God’s will, we can’t change it. Don’t you think that, in a way, that’s sort of ... sort of ...?’ Thus Trafford, the hero of Elton’s Blind Faith, puts the question to his wife Chantorria, a terrified conformist in the insane world of Lo
Blind faith is another Ben Elton book where he takes a current idea and twists it into the worst direction he could. While it was a good idea and the story at times was gripping, at other times I became frustrated about how slowly the story was going and felt the betrayal was all a little simplistic. Nothing near as good as Past Mortem. Elton continues to produce books that make you critically think about the world, but I feel this one most people have already realised the self obsessed society ...more
May 01, 2008 David rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: religious conservatives
This book is almost like a cross between 1984 and what happens when religous conservatives take control of a society.

I learned:
* of the dangers of state sponsored religion
* of the lack of individuality, compassion or choice present in mob rule
* of the dangers of not conforming within religious groups
* that when science and rationalism are replaced with ignorance and religious conformatity then the actual survival of the species is threatened.
"Blind Faith" is a dystopian novel that describes a future society by projecting our contemporary aspirations to excessively share details of our lives in social networks, distrust of science, and victory for religion.

The planet is flooded after global warming melts the polar ice caps, people disenchanted by science turn to religion for explanation of the disaster. Politicians are at first replaced by instant electronic plebiscites and later on with legislation by instant vote by sufficiently la
Ian Wood
Feb 06, 2008 Ian Wood rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
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In his recent fiction Ben Elton has satirised the ills of society; ‘High Fidelity’ satirising drug culture; ‘Popcorn’, ‘Dead Famous’ and ‘Chart Throb’ celebrity culture and reality TV; ‘Past Mortem’ the Friends Reunited type web sites; In fact the only malaise of our society Ben hasn’t porn scorn on would be writers producing hackneyed dialogue to join together the hits of various beat combo’s to sell them as musical theatre. In his earlier fiction such as ‘This Other Eden’, ‘Stark’ and ‘Gridloc ...more
Fiction or potential Future?

Imagine a future where people write daily blogs, upload videos of their lives to the internet and share every moment of their life with anyone they've ever met.

Wait!... I hear you say, that's not the future that is today. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter etc... they already exist.

This is true, however in the future created by Ben Elton, all of these things are the only acceptable religion and required by law to be considered a "believer". Faith in being selfish, vain, con
Seth Rogovoy
This was my first attempt at a Ben Elton book. Apparently Elton is huge in England -- a well known comic and TV writer. The TV writer part is readily apparent in his writing here -- the book is written almost entirely in dialogue.

The setup is clever if timeworn -- a kind of update of Orwell's "1984," but much lighter, and for the Internet/Facebook generation.

The story is schematic and predictable, and what is at stake outweighs or overpowers the incredible lightness of the characters. And Elton
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Cheryl (Bored in Vernal)
This is one of those apocalyptic novels that we all need to keep reading just to remind ourselves from time to time what can happen when humanity gets stupid. In this one, religious fanaticism, obsession with sex, and governmental control all combine to make a truly scary society. I hesitate to recommend the novel to most of my friends, because there is a lot of offensive language and blatant sex. But interestingly, these elements are not gratuitous--they are in fact essential to the plot. I cri ...more
Firmly grounded in Brave New World, 1984 and Brazil, Elton's dystopian vision of a post global warming flood Britain is a pulpy, accessible read with some excellent swipes at modern society. Not quite as hardcore as Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror, there is much to enjoy here - and it does absolutely the right thing for the genre in making you feel that knot of rage in your stomach!

No real surprises, then, but you'll never look at your local nosey neighbour/committee-obsessed busybody the same wa
Mark Glover
I really wanted to dislike this book, largely because I have never found Ben Elton's humour anything but groan inducingly dull and I could never forgive him for ruining the music of Queen with that massive turd of a Rock Opera. That said it turns out he is a damn fine writer and a brilliant social commentator leaving me with no choice but to seek out more of his works forthwith.

Firstly to think that the book came out almost ten years ago, pre the absolute domination of social media and the age o
Throughout my reading of this book, I kept thinking of the classics of dystopian fiction such as Brave New World, 1984, and Fahrenheit 451. In the end, that’s exactly where this book lost its points for me. The televisions that cover every wall, the underground railroad for books, the total saturation of society with sex, food, and entertainment, etc. All of it was lifted directly from the exemplars of the genre. The only difference was that when Huxley, Orwell, and Bradbury wrote their novels, ...more
Laura Rittenhouse
I loved this dystopic tale. It's a cross between Wall-E and 1984. The future is not bright. There is no such thing as privacy. Social media is not just an obsession, it's a necessity to prove you're a contributing member of society.

The setting is the not-too-distant future, after a climatic disaster which destroys much of the infrastructure and makes a good effort at knocking humanity back to the dark ages. Technology is blamed so science is evil. Religion rules and religion has somehow gotten m
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Ben Elton was born on 3 May 1959, in Catford, South London. The youngest of four, he went to Godalming Grammar school, joined amateur dramatic societies and wrote his first play at 15. He wanted to be a stagehand at the local theatre, but instead did A-Level Theatre Studies and studied drama at Manchester University in 1977.

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“The internet was supposed to liberate knowledge, but in fact it buried it, first under a vast sewer of ignorance, laziness, bigotry, superstition and filth and then beneath the cloak of political surveillance. Now...cyberspace exists exclusively to promote commerce, gossip and pornography. And of course to hunt down sedition. Only paper is safe. Books are the key. A book cannot be accessed from afar, you have to hold it, you have to read it.” 37 likes
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