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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  5,647 ratings  ·  461 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, 368 pages
Published May 16th 2008 by Black Swan (first published 2007)
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Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a world where everyone is famous and social media is paramount to status and survival in general, the brainwashed conform to the sheep mentality of the 'now'. Following the Governments religious propaganda blindly, declaring science heresy and attributing everything to the grace of the beholder, fanaticism is rife; that and blogging, viral vids, and a 24/7 individual online presence.

Blind Faith is at once scary and humorous in it message and entertainment value.

This book won't appeal to ever
Jan 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-stars
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
Mar 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
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
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books
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. It will constantly make you think about everyday stuff and makes you without a doubt appreciate your privacy.

It is well written from beginning to end. Once you start reading, you just cannot stop. While approaching the end of the bo
At first, the book was rather a shock to the system. Just the language (not really swearing) and the world setting; it was quite disturbing. Due to its dystopian nature, it's reminiscent of Orwell's 1984 and I thought, this morning, this post-apocalyptic world is quite contrary in nature to others like Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale in that everything is supposedly exposed (from private body parts to thoughts). It is actually a very uncomfortable read especially since I'm a very private person but ...more
Sep 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, dystopia
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
Esther Lowe
Nov 26, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
Lisa Macon
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
I found this book in a large metal dumpster outside my dormitory, right next to the German translation of the book of Mormon and a book called "How to Live with a Huge Penis". The tacky, tasteless cover made me want to slide it back in, together with the other two, but I'm glad I didn't, because this is one of the most interesting books I've read so far this year (as in February, 2019).

It starts off rather simple. I'd even say, a bit primitive - like a poor man's version of the Brave New World,
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
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
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Cass by: Jules Cook
An ugly utopia. Where privacy is illegal, daily blogging mandated and failure to upload regular videos of sexual encounters is considered strange.

Excellent book. The writing was wonderful and I found myself (courtesy of the e-reader) highlighting paragraph after paragraph because it was so well-written that I just wanted to re-read it. The ideas where interesting because they diverged from life as we know it in such a believable way. We already blog and tweet and do status updates, making it all
Feb 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
'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.
Noel Powell
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-sf, fiction
In dystopian fiction literature terms the name of Trafford Sewell should be added to those of Winston Smith and Guy Montag as future anti heroes. With this book Elton has created a totalitarian future that is very, very close to today's society. He is clever in that he can take a grain of truth, and build it up into a dessert, or the way he can take a current social feeling and build a vast corrupt social structure on its premise. For example I am sure at some point we have all felt the slight s ...more
David James
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: satire
Ben Elton
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
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my second Ben Elton book and I really enjoyed it. It was very different from what I had read by him previously, Time and Time Again, but just as good in it's own way.

Elton does a good job with surprises, I think. I saw one of the twists coming in this book but he twists them just a bit more beyond expectation.

Admittedly I was a bit dubious about this book in the beginning too. It's a very weird world. Imagine everyone, including yourself, always wearing the least amount of clothes possi
Ai-lin Kee
Jul 04, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Apr 14, 2008 rated it liked it
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.

Oct 19, 2008 rated it did not like it
This was really bad. I like some of Ben Elton's books - I liked Stark, I liked High Society - and he does those satirical "issue" novels well, with a great black comedic style. But "Blind Faith" just misses the mark. I think it owes a fair bit to Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World", except it just does it so badly, so clumsily - urgh. There was no subtlety to this, no characterisation, no humour. I didn't enjoy it at all.
Dec 31, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
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.
imagine a world where nothing is private, where all of your intimate secrets and actions are recorded and broadcast to the world at large....there were some scary similarities to our own world in this, and ultimately was a good read, but somehow i was left feeling like id just read a poorer (and dirtier) mans version of 1984.

the booked flowed well, was an easy read and a twist that i saw coming a mile off...but i ultimately enjoyed the book and i will certainly be picking some more of Ben Elton
H.M.C. H.M.C.
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: lad-lit
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.
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
Best Elton read yet! A post climate change event floods sees more of the planet underwater and a world running on blind faith, where a cult of individualism, consumerism, invasive social media and neo-Christianity dominates every part of the lives of the masses. Protagonist Trafford Sewell secretly loathes this way of life, and in a world of zero privacy, he begins to changes his life one secret at a time. Despite being doused in Elton's terrible renditions of commoner speech and sometimes trite ...more
Jan 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
2/3rd of this book had a good satirical tone to it. Ben Elton has created an over the top dystopian world while intentionally making it obtuse with low-brow humor, but a good satire nonetheless.

The last 1/3rd could have been better where the book lost its plot somewhat.

But Ben Elton's satirical style seems promising enough so I would definitely like to have a shot at his other works.
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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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