Intrusion by Ken MacLeod

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Read Intrusion Online Free - Imagine a near-future city, say London, where medical science has advanced beyond our own and a single-dose pill has been developed that, taken when pregnant, eradicates many common genetic defects from an unborn child. Hope Morrison is expecting her second child and refuses to take The Fix, as the pill is known.

Title : Intrusion
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ISBN : 1841499390
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 387 pages


Ruediger rated it ★☆☆☆☆

May 10, 2013

I found this book deeply frustrating. Like my favourite kind of science fiction, it poses some really interesting questions about technology, society, and the interaction of the two. However, as a novel, I found it absolutely wretched. The central premise of the book is that in the near future, a...

Mouldy Squid rated it ★★★☆☆

April 19, 2012

This is a strange moment for me. I want to assign a high rating for this book, I want to love it and I want to tell everyone to rush out and buy a copy. But I can't do any of those things and this leaves me feeling conflicted and confused. I love Ken MacLeod books, and I do not love this one. Thi...

Alice rated it ★★★★☆

January 14, 2013

I really enjoyed this British dystopia of the liberal nanny state. It's so refreshing to read a thoughtful, creative dystopia that does what good SF does best: extrapolates current social trends to their extreme. In future Britain, women's bodies are tightly regulated so as to prevent any harm to...

Anna rated it ★★★★★

November 29, 2016

I was really impressed with 'Intrusion'. The near-future setting was excellently drawn and extremely thought-provoking. On the one hand, I found the casual loss of civil liberties and oppressive state protectiveness towards women and children convincing. On the other hand, I had the horrible feel...

William rated it ★★★☆☆

September 21, 2013

I’ve seen some SF novels described as being ‘cosy catastrophes’, I think Intrusion could be described by a related term, ‘cosy dystopia’. The world the characters live in (a near future Britain) is superficially pleasant and at the start of the novel they’d probably say they were genuinely conten...

Gem rated it ★☆☆☆☆

February 11, 2018

I actually got my biro pen and started editing this book at one point, it was that awful. The female characters are flat, forced and uninspiring, and they seem mostly irrational. Half of the text could have been missed out as it was just filler, the dialogue was terrible ("Man!" Said Bernard.) -...

Simon rated it ★★★★☆

September 30, 2013

A disturbing, near future dystopian vision of Britain that is frighteningly plausible. Besides the central premise, there are many other extrapolations arising from society as we know it to construct something that, taken as a whole, paints quite a worrying picture of our future. There are severa...

Michelle rated it ★★★☆☆

December 25, 2015

The quote on the back cover of my copy describes this as 'socialist dystopia'. I think that's about right - it does turn into a sociology textbook halfway through (which was fine by me). A good read, if somewhat dry, with a lot of good ideas and obviously influenced by the world we live in today....

Tudor rated it ★★★★★

March 16, 2012

Brilliant stuff! I'm love stories in which a democratic society "evolves" into a dystopian one. This is a very disturbing near future, in the tradition of 1984, but with some very interesting science-fictional twists and with some very real and plausible future technological trends. Alongside Pau...

Andrew rated it ★★★★☆

October 21, 2017

I discovered Ken McLeod last year when I saw Val macdermid interview him on a BBC 2 programme and thus is the second book I've now read. What stands out is the writers imagination in this very good speculative fiction. The story imagines a society in which pregnant women are encouraged to take a t...

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