Two Miles Down
My review -
|In a future where the world’s population has been reduced by war and catastrophe, hardened criminals are dealt with by placing them in a facility two miles under the earth. No education, reparation or reintroduction to society – sounds not unlike the transportation to Australia of our relatively recent past. In a system of caves, with little food and water, unless you fancy eating rats, and with a searing temperature, the similarity to hell is pronounced. In a situation like this, a hierarchy emerges and a Leader, a charismatic megalomaniac, holds everyone in terror – even his own followers.|
Occasionally an innocent is mistakenly incarcerated. This story follows the fate of two such men, one barely out of childhood. David McGowan has the knack of picking apart a person’s life and background and making you believe it, and care what happens. Even the story of a serial killer isn’t what it seemed. His writing places you with his characters in the unbearable heat and the rustling dark. This is a snapshot of a dystopian future which opened lots of possibilities in my mind. What was going on up above? Does this penal colony survive? It’s a book that I read in 24 hours – it’s that good! If this is your genre, read this. Highly recommended.