Book review: Perfidious Albion by Sam Byers

Set in Edmundsbury (a small town in east England), Brexit has just happened and the complications of this change have started to become very apparent.

A political party known as ‘England Always’ are rising up and causing trouble. A large housing estate is set to be torn down to be redeveloped by the tech company who are wanting to create more problems for the poor. Their plan is halted when the residents refuse to leave and so the residents of the housing estate are being taunted by the possible exposure of their web history. It looks at internet saturation in terms of political and individual effects that the internet has on everyone.

The story looks at the viewpoints of different characters, for example Jess Ellis and her boyfriend Robert Townsend, who is an over exposed opinion columnist. They are in the middle of all this and it starts to put pressure on their relationship. Jess researches more into internet misogyny and this pushes the relationship to breaking point.

Byer’s ability to create such a sharp and pacey dystopian book is something to behold and makes the world think ‘what if’ – especially with how the Brexit situation is going at the moment. The structure of the chapters really keep you hanging on and wanting to know more, while being hit by the harsh reality that this could all happen. Byer’s has the strong ability to encapsulate the reader and build up such an in depth satirical, yet serious, story of post-Brexit Britain.

About the Author: Chloe Lamb is a Fashion Communication & Promotion student and writer who focuses on fashion, lifestyle, books and mental health awareness. If she’s not writing for her blog https://chloelwrites.wordpress.com then you can find her with her nose in a book!