Firstly I wish to thank Ashley Baugh of Midas pr for inviting me on the blog Tour for Kid: A History of the future by Sebastian De Souza
ABOUT THE BOOK
London. The year 2078. Like all other major cities, London is a silent wasteland, abandoned and crumbling, populated only by the renegade ‘Offliner’ movement, the lawless ‘Seekers’ and other minorities that rejected The Upload in 2060. As a result, these rebels live off the grid and in abject poverty, taking shelter in makeshift shantytowns and hideouts. The Offliners have made the disused Piccadilly Circus Tube station their home: a fully self-sufficient, subterranean community of about 500 people, known as the ‘Cell’. In 2060, following a series of deadly pandemics, devastating environmental disasters and a violent surge in cyber terrorism, the UN made it compulsory for every tax paying citizen in all of its 193 united nations to login to the Perspecta Universe: a virtual reality universe provided by the tech giant Gnosys Inc. So began a period of history known as The Upload. Totally safe, pollution free, environmentally friendly: what was an alternative reality at first has become the only reality. Now, in 2078, billions of people all around the world exist in dedicated Hab-Belts – massive dormitory complexes surrounding the major cities – unconscious of the world around them: living, working, loving, learning, inside the Perspecta Universe. KID – A History of The Future follows Josh ‘Kid’ Jones, a young Offliner who discovers that an antiquated piece of technology called an ‘iPhone’, left to him by his father, seemingly allows him to communicate with the past through social media. He strikes up a friendship with Isabel Parry, a 16 year old in 2021, and the two begin communicating through time and space via Instagram. In doing so they are not only changing their own fate, but also the fate of the rest of the world.
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First of all, this book is huge at over 600 pages, but time just whizzed by once I began reading. The story is set less than a lifetime away in 2078, but life is vastly different from how it is now. Covid of today was just the start of many more pandemics to come, as the world seems to learn nothing, leading us from one disaster to another. Yep, we screw up.
The kid is Josh Jones, who had been orphaned at eight and lives in the tube station under Piccadilly Circus. The air outside is a killer unless you have the right drugs to combat it. Josh is one of a 500 strong group of “Offliners” a rebel group that refuse to live a virtual online life, who hardly ever venture out into the real world. Of course, it is all at a price. The life expectancy of the “Offliners” isn’t great. Money has no value, but trading old CD’s, depending on rarity and condition, just tickled me.
Oh wow, what an amazing story this is. I was like, What just happened? No way! I don’t want to give anything away, as the story pulls and pushes Kid, with other people thinking they know best. The kid crosses paths with two young women that can change the world that he is living in by the choices they make.
The players in the story don’t choose their rolls it is circumstance that picks them. There is plenty of action in the story, with the Offliners having a bit of a wildness about them that makes them take chances. One of my favourite characters is not even a person, but he made such an impression. Denis is in fact an hologram that steps beyond the normal, he is brilliant.
Different fractions have evolved over the years, so there is always new dangers around every corner. If there is a shelter there will be someone living there. Each is fascinating in their own right. For most childhood is something that passed them by. The story increases with intensity until something has to give. What a fabulous build up to a mind-blowing ending.
When I finished the book I went back to the beginning and read the prologue again and then the epilogue. The first and final pieces of this puzzle. It was reading perfection!
I wish to thank Ashley Baugh of Midas pr, Netgalley and the publisher a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sebastian de Souza is an author, actor, writer and musician. As an actor, he began his career playing the title role of Matty in E4’s Bafta-Award winning teen drama Skins. Following that, he starred in Neil Jordan’s Emmy-Award winning ‘The Borgias’ alongside Jeremy Irons and Holliday Grainger. He played Milo in the Ealing Studios coming-of-age drama ‘Kids In Love’, opposite Will Poulter and Cara Delevingne. Sebastian also co-wrote the film. Sebastian can currently be seen playing Sandro Botticelli in ‘Medici: Masters of Florence’, a Netflix Original Series; as Gareth in Oscar-nominated Lenny Abrahamson’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel ‘Normal People’ for the BBC and Hulu; and playing the title role of Leo in ‘The Great’ for Hulu, opposite Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, written by Tony Macnamara, who was Oscar-nominated and won the BAFTA for ‘The Favourite’. Sebastian’s professional writing career began aged 19 when he co-wrote the Ealing Studios coming-of-age drama ‘Kids In Love’. He currently has a YA TV show in development and his play ‘Hammersmith & City’ will debut next year. ‘Kid – A History of The Future’ is his first novel and will be published by Offliner Press in March 2021. Sebastian is a singer-songwriter and composer. The Serial release of his novel ‘Kid – A History of the Future’ will be accompanied by the weekly release of the world’s first ‘PodOpera’ – an immersive auditory experience. Half audiobook, half musical, this innovative content series will tell the story of Kid in a way no story has ever been told before. All original songs and an original score will be co-written by Sebastian.