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The Barrier by Shankari Chandran
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Apr 21, 2017

it was amazing
bookshelves: action-thriller, australian, spec-fic, sub-continental, great-writing

The Barrier is a far cry from Shankari Chandran's Sri Lankan debut novel Song of the Sun God (a family saga, set in Australia and Sri Lanka over several generations - the kind of book that wins literary awards).

The Barrier is a thriller set in a dystopian post-apocalyptic world, a world looking more and more like the present (I suspect the author wishes she was less prescient!). Travel between East and West is banned (a Muslim travel ban, written pre-Trump) and information and biotechnology are used as weapons. The author has created a future world order that lays bare the present day hypocrisies - the rhetoric of democracy, security, terrorism and the axis of evil have travelled from 9/11, down the decades to this novel's near future (2040) setting.

The Barrier asks big external questions about the world, but also some big internal questions. It explores what happens when there is head with no heart, thinking with no feeling and biotechnology becomes more important than people's souls.

With deadly diseases, warring between east and west, and a hero who has to question everything he thinks he knows, The Barrier is a page turner with brains and heart
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Reading Progress

April 21, 2017 – Shelved
April 21, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
April 21, 2017 – Shelved as: action-thriller
April 21, 2017 – Shelved as: australian
April 21, 2017 – Shelved as: spec-fic
April 21, 2017 – Shelved as: sub-continental
June 16, 2017 – Shelved as: great-writing
June 17, 2017 – Started Reading
June 17, 2017 – Finished Reading

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