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The Buried Few

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Daniel Allingham is taking a stand against a society that cares so much for their safety, they are willing to give up their children.

In the near future, America has engaged in a series of over-reaching wars that decimated the adult population. Most children – Daniel included – have lost their parents to combat, or the trauma they bring home with them. Orphans and foster
Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Published March 4th 2017
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Stjepan Cobets
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fan of Sci Fi Dystopia
My rating 3.6
In the book, The Buried Few writer M.J. Lau leads us to a dystopian world in which the right to parenthood is not for everyone. After the war, many children remain orphans and the caretaker families take over the children, but it soon crosses the borders of the normal and states the entire population divides into three classes, and the children literally dissociate themselves from the family and give them custodian families. Soon, controlling birth is becoming a normal thing, and no
P. Zoro
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Buried Few is the kind of story that sticks to your mind, moves around with you all day, leaves you with more questions than answers and makes you question the very ethics you live by.
People clamour for rights. They want the right to decide when to end a person’s life, decide when a person is born, decide whether they should be born at all… When we want and demand so much, one day we wake up to the dangerous world of ‘The Buried Few’. A world where you can choose to be Creators or Guardians,
E.M. Swift-Hook
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parenting Issues in a Dystopian Future.

'Was this what they had fought so long for? Was this the best the world had yet to offer?'

Daniel and Renee are a couple divided. Daniel is a Creator. He is allowed to father children. Renee wanted to be a Guardian and be allowed to raise them, but because Daniel became a Creator, she can't now fulfill that dream. You have to choose. In this crazy future, you can't do both. The Daniel finds a baby abandoned in the park and suddenly things seem possible that
J.P. Willson
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I do believe it was a little too long yet the story does warrant the length. The premise for the book is really not that far fetched in my opinion. I do have a rather jaded view of government in general so I could quite honestly see everything in this book coming to reality. I truly could see a state where we were simply "creators" and "guardians" of the next generation- where we had no control over our own wishes to pro-create and raise our children, although thi ...more
Angela Kay
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Buried Few is the debut novel by M.J. Lau, and I found it quite enjoyable. The pace was steady, storyline intriguing and the overall prose well-written. It's set in a near-future society where the idea of privacy is extinct. Technology is now more advanced. The government knows where you are, what route you take to get home, and they oversee every child born for the rest of their lives. When Daniel Allingham finds a live baby buried, he takes the infant to the hospital (although it's not a m ...more
Gloria Piper
In the near future marriage, birth, and child rearing are regulated. Pregnancy is allowed only by governmental permission, and biological parents are required to surrender their children for adoption to ensure the best possible parenting. Any attempt to keep an unregistered infant can ruin one's future.

So what would you do if you found a live baby in a hole in the ground? Daniel has a choice. Leave it and not get involved, report it to the nearest hospital and authorities, or keep it as his own
Chris Stoesen
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has an interesting premise. The characters were well done and I wanted to follow them to see what would happen next. The author presents some interesting social situations that I really enjoyed reading about. The only issue I had with the book is that it jumped back and forth in time. This would not normally be a problem and can make for a very interesting book except it was not always clear where you were in time at any given moment in the book. In all, I enjoyed it and would read it ...more
Warren Moore
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Buried Few is an unusual novel in many regards, and definitely an interesting read. Boldly set a mere 20 years from the present, it sets the stage of a dystopian society that has emerged from a devastating conflict which has wiped out most of the adult population of the United States, and rendered most of the surviving veterans deemed unfit to raise their own children. In light of this situation, the state has taken to policing parenting, and adoption is the norm now. In this environment of ...more
L.N. Denison
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good classic dystopia!

I enjoyed this read very much, but there was a bit of a problem with the chapter formatting.

The story really gets going when Dan, one of the MC's hears a child's muffled screams in the woods. I turns out the child had been buried alive, technically speaking.

I'm a big one for giving away spoilers, so I have decided not go into the nitty gritty of the story. I will tell you this though, the story is very well written. You will be pulling in from the very first page.

I recomme
Noor Al-Shanti
The Buried Few is a fascinating dystopian tale set in a not too distant future where the government's regulation of parenting has become complete. Aided by technology that people willingly accept in their lives , and by the willing compliance of a generation that was raised by adoptive parents because their biological parents were too messed up by the wars, the government has complete control over who can have kids, who can raise them, and who will be considered "other" because they have no stak ...more
Terry Tyler
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5 stars

I received an ARC to review this for Rosie Amber's Book Review Team, for which I have received no payment.

The Buried Few is set in 2030, when wars have left many children in America without parents. Adults can be 'Creators', ie, give birth to children, which means being watched at all times, or 'Guardians': adoptive parents. There are many rules governing the status of the parent and their suitability. Unclaimed children face an uncertain future, to be shipped off to other coun
Watson Davis
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Most novels are purely a diversion, a piece of entertainment, a trifle to allow you to escape into some story about larger than life characters and their heroic actions.

This is not one of those stories.

When I was a kid, I used to read a lot of science fiction stories where the main point of the story wasn’t the characters or the action, but rather a question. I don’t see those stories much anymore. Maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m just not reading the right genres, but either way, THIS is one of those s
Augustine Sam
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Like A Hypnotic Trance

It’s the year 2030 and there’s been a war which left a trail of orphans and chaos. That, in a nutshell, is the premise of the story—a dystopian novel that’ll definitely appeal to fans of the genre. Not so much for non-dystopian buffs. The plot development is a bit disorienting and the characterization somewhat strenuous as the book steers you through a maze of events that are both mystifying and far-fetched: a child is buried alive but manages to cheat death, some adults w
Emma Miller
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Buried Few is a dystopian novel set in the not far future. I found it to be a very steady well paced novel with an interesting plot line. It was a bit political but not in a negative way. I found the subject matter to be very timely. It reminded me a bit of The Handmaiden’s Tale and the Giver, which itself is pretty remarkable. For a debut novel I think it’s pretty fantastic. It didn’t read like a “new” novel and I didn’t find the characters to be lacking any depth which is usually how I fee ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy in return for an honest review.

Pop the champagne cork! This is the first five-starred review I’ve done as part of the AIWAW project. I’ve been holding out for a super-sparkly, perfect book. The Buried Few isn’t perfect but it did something few books have managed recently; it lingered with me for hours and days after I read it.

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Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thought-provoking, well written and researched novel about a future society and what could happen if we allow the government to have more control over parenting, families, and reproductive rights. Combination of mystery, suspense, drama, and some technology thrown in there to create a scenario that could quite possibly happen in a future America. Enjoyed the multiple story lines that kept it interesting but never became overwhelming. Every little detail tied nicely together at the end. Would lov ...more
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M. J. Lau is an English teacher by day and an author by night... or rather, a teacher day and night, and an author whenever he gets a free minute in between. His first novel, The Buried Few, is a work of near-future speculative fiction influenced in equal parts by dystopian classics, fatherhood, and Wired Magazine.

Lau is currently working on his video game fantasy series, The Virtual Realms. The f

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