Britain has gone through their second round of bank failures only to put their faith in a Far-East Consortium to bail them out. As the Consortium enacts laws that restricts freedoms and places Britain into a Police State riots and protests breakout. Rob, a reporter at a local newspaper, speaks out against the Consortium by publishing his own one page paper. This lands him and others like him in custody.
Wade’s post-credit crunch dystopian novel set in 2012, The Bailout, takes a look at the various reasons people are imprisoned and Rob’s adventure in and out of freedom. The tone is very depressing and hope is fleeting. Rob constantly believing that the next moment he will be shot is annoying. He and his fellow prisoners repeatedly underestimate the power of the Consortium.
By having each character tell their story as to what brought them to be arrested the reader gets a good idea of who they are and what they are capable of doing. The novel’s pace is steady with a few “gotcha” moments. It is well edited and I only spotted one typo. Overall, it was O.K. 3 out of 5 stars.
I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.