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Blind Faith

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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
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Paperback, 367 pages
Published May 19th 2008 by Black Swan (first published 2007)
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Mandy
Jan 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Elizabeth
Mar 14, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Kirsty
Sep 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Lisa Macon
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Esther Lowe
Nov 26, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  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
James
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Marcin
Feb 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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.” 50 likes
“Books are the key. A book cannot be accessed from afar. You have to hold it, you have to read it.” 8 likes
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