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Psychotopia

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A game for the times we live - and die - in. Enter Psychotopia, a dark new dystopian novel from the author of the acclaimed Silas Quinn mysteries.

PSYCHOTOPIA, LEVEL ONE. Create your own boutique psychopath, then deceive, manipulate and be ruthless, spreading mayhem and destruction to reach the next levels.

It's the computer game for our times. After all, the amount of cra
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 1st 2019 by Severn House Publishers
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Char
PSYCHOTOPIA. The cover, the synopsis, the title, and the review of a friend, (Thanks, Bandit!), all prompted me to request this book from NetGalley. I'm so glad I did!

There are several threads working together in this speculative fiction story. One from the POV of a policeman. Another from a young woman recently used and used hard by a handsome rogue. And lastly, there are chapters from a video game designer, talking about the architecture of a new, interactive, virtual reality experience. Such
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Susan
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of R.N. Morris for a number of years, enjoying his Porfiry Petrovich series and, in particular, his Silas Quinn novels. This is a bit of a departure for him; rather than a historical mystery, we have a science fiction, dystopian novel, which is also a thriller.

The premise behind the book is that more and more people are psychopaths. Crime is rising – especially in the younger population – and, of course, people are panicked about what will happen. Dr Arbus announces that he has
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Robin Bonne
Psychotopia is based on the premise that psychopaths have become a larger part of the population and are wreaking havoc. The story is told through several different points of view. One point of view is a detective, one is of a woman who was a victim of a charming psychopath, and another is a psychopathic man hiring a woman at a video game company. There are gameplay notes peppered in between that describe a video game where psychopaths roam around.

The premise for this book has everything I shou
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Bandit
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a pleasant surprise this turned out to be. I went into this with (pun alert) virtually no expectations. Never heard of the author, who seems to specialize in series as much as I specialize in saying away from series. Don’t particularly care for gaming stories, Ready Player One is hugely overrated. Even the title is somewhat cheesy. But then...I do like dystopias. And in this story the future belongs to psychos. And it isn’t even really all that much about gaming, it provides the framework f ...more
Judy Lesley
Thank you to NetGalley and Severn House Publishing for an eGalley of this novel.

I didn't really like this book at all, in fact it disturbed me to the point of having to wait several weeks before writing this review to try to keep some unbiased perspective. The three stars is for the author having the talent to write so intriguingly that I wanted to finish the book in spite of my discomfort. It is practically required that you read the entire novel to see how the whole story ties together because
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David
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was an interesting look at what makes a person a psychopath, how they live and how they deceive us. My review to follow.
Jo Stevens
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very rarely do I find a book so disturbing that I cannot read it all at once and yet Psychotopia does exactly that. The subject matter is itself disturbing, the little girl is disturbing, and psychopathy is disturbing. Subject matter aside the book is so well written that one would think the author was a psychopath. It raises so many questions about the nature of mental illnesses. Can they and should they be held more accountable than they are? If you can't actually cure them, and their one and ...more
Rebecca Bowyer
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Psychotopia is a modern literary journey down through the seven circles of Hell which left me feeling utterly drained.

R.N. Morris has plucked out two of society’s current anxieties (the rise of psychopaths, especially in positions of power, and the influence of online gaming on the shape of our society), combined them with new scientific knowledge (the brain is a changing organ and neural pathways can be reprogrammed) and come up with a horrifyingly plausible future dystopian scenario.

What is a
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Gayle Noble
What happens in society when psychopaths begin to outnumber non-psychopaths? Is there a way to weed them out? What should happen to them once identified?

Told from several points of view, interspersed with notes about a computer game, I found it difficult to know what exactly the point of the book was. Was the computer game the root of what was happening? I'm not sure - I finished it and just felt "Meh".

TW: mention of violence and sexual crimes, depravity

Thanks to NetGalley and publishers, Sever
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Psychotopia will mess with your mind….

Alpha Games are creating a VR game, where you create your own Psychopath with varying degrees of disorders….you choose!..

Serial killers get more points for more kills, the longer a psychopath remains undetected the better for the gamer……

But, the real world is struggling with a rise in violence, this is becoming the norm……adults and children alike are the perpetrators and victims.

Everyone’s lives are linked to their MindPhone, MindNet and MindMessages….(sound
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Roger N Morris (born 1960 in Manchester) is an English writer and advertising copywriter. His short fiction has been published in a number of mainstream, genre, and literary publications. One of his short stories, "The Devil's Drum", appeared in the horror anthology Darkne
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