Published by: New Welsh Review
Imprint: New Welsh Review (New Welsh Rarebyte)
250 Pages, 0.20 x 0.30 in
- Published: 10/2021
'Page-turning... highly visual, pacey writing... [an] honest and tender depiction of young LGBTQIA+ love.' Wales Arts Review
'A book that doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of the world, exploring themes of coercive control, disinformation and fundamentalism.' - The Big Issue
'Thrilling… a page turner… the strategies George describes to punish dissent… are all too recognisable… a clever, compassionate story.' - Sarah Tanburn, Nation.Cymru
'An unsettling book that works beautifully on many levels... a great adventure story with survival and rebellion at its heart.' - The Western Mail
'For readers of Margaret Atwood and Kazuo Ishiguro.' - The Bookseller
‘JL George creates a very believable world… [comparable to those in] Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale or Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go... Utterly page-turning and compelling. The strength of [the teenagers’] friendship and desire to save each other is incredibly touching... Rachel is reminiscent of Eleven in the Netflix cult series, Stranger Things. Hugely thought provoking.’ Cathryn Summerhayes, Curtis Brown
'Has the vibe of a cult late 70s British sci-fi TV show – one of those clever, bleak, violent ones where you wonder how they slipped it past the higher ups. It explores its fantastical premise thoughtfully – ruminating on the ways in which language can be both a force for liberation and for oppression. Plus there is a charming will-they-won't-they gay teen love triangle at the centre of it all anchoring its weighty themes.' Lloyd Markham, author of Welsh cult sci-fi classic Bad Ideas/Chemicals
One idea can jinx a whole country in less than a lifetime.... Rhydian is one of five teenagers born into his generation with the Word — a preternatural power that enables them to compel other people to obey. Along with his best friend Jonno, almost-grown-up Rachel, and Cadi, he is studied and experimented on in a facility called the Centre. When they learn that the Centre’s purpose is to turn them into weapons of war, the teens go on the run. How did this brutal fortress Britain emerge? Here, babies are stolen from mothers whose identities are stripped away at will. Protesting crowds are mesmerised, and children who disobey are killed in cold blood. Exploring themes of coercive control, disinformation and fundamentalism, The Word shows how kindness can emerge when we resist power, practise resistance, and show vulnerability. Combining speculative elements and emotional truths, it is essentially a coming-of-age story, in which brave young individuals fight to keep hold of who they are in a dehumanising world.
JL George was born in Cardiff, and has recently returned there after a spell living in Pontypool. She writes weird and speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in magazines and anthologies, including Fireside, Curiosities, and Gwyllion, and she was a 2019 Literature Wales bursary recipient. A graduate of Manchester and Cardiff universities, her academic interests lie in literature and science, the nineteenth-century Gothic, and the classic weird tale. jl-george.com ~Publisher: New Welsh Review
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