- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Watkins Media; New ed edition (1 November 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857667718
- ISBN-13: 978-0857667717
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 19.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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"Part traditional police procedural, part exploration of redemption and the possibility of change, The Subjugate cleverly and apparently effortlessly builds a future world that is both engaging and utterly terrifying."
- Kaaron Warren, award-winning author of The Grief Hole and Tide of Stone
"An intelligent, believable future wrapped around an intriguing mystery."
- Kylie Chan, bestselling author of the Dark Heavens trilogy
"The Wire meets Blade Runner in this enthralling near-future crime thriller."
- Nathan M Farrugia, USA Today bestseller
"An old school whodunit set in a frighteningly near future."
- Luke Preston, screenwriter and author of Out of Exile "Extraordinarily well-written and tense as hell towards the end, The Subjugate is a novel that will stay with me for some time. Reminiscent of films as diverse as Blade Runner and Witness, Amanda Bridgeman's murder mystery had me guessing right up until the end." 4.5 / 5
- Pop Culture Bandit
"Great book with a very interesting idea about how criminals could be 'saved' and integrated back into society. Really enjoyed reading about the criminal side of things and would love for a book to be made about the running of the Solme Complex."
- Lozzi's Book Reviews
"This hard-boiled near-future SF thriller moves quickly and presents some thought-provoking ideas."
- Kirkus Reviews
"The Subjugate was an enjoyable read that blends a number of different genres really well; it's perfect for fans of science fiction, dystopian, fantasy, or crime thrillers."
- Read and Review
"I loved reading this, and I think you should check it out if you get the chance. If you love detective novels and serial killers set in the future, you're going to love this one."
- Radioactive Book Reviews
"Bridgeman's writing style sucked me in and didn't let me go until the final page. There's brilliant pacing here, with so many possible suspects and motives that the reader becomes a detective. The conversations were thought-provoking, the conflicts were riveting, and overall, it was eminently entertaining."
- Reviews and Robots
Aurealis Award finalist 2014 for Best Science Fiction Novel for Aurora: Meridian
Tin Duck Award finalist (Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation) for Best Long Written Work in 2016, 2017, 2018
"Bridgeman does not just build up her characters, but punishes them, and the thrills are all the more visceral for that."
- Aurealis Magazine
From the Publisher
AMANDA BRIDGEMAN is an Aurealis Award finalist and author of 7 science fiction novels, including the best-selling space opera Aurora series and apocalyptic drama The Time of the Stripes. She studied film & television/creative writing at Murdoch University, earning her a BA in Communication Studies. Perth has been her home ever since, aside from a nineteen-month stint in the UK where she dabbled in film & TV extras work.
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This story is easy to read as the writing style flows along . There wasn't any time where I thought, hang on a minute that can't be right.... Even up to the end when the reveal was taking place there were a number of characters that could have been guilty.
I have no problem recommending this book as I thoroughly enjoyed it.
For me, good spec-fic is all about examining human nature through the lenses of an alternate reality, allowing us to throw certain aspects of ourselves into sharp, sometimes unflattering focus. And this, right here, is spec-fic at its best.
'The Subjugate' is human oriented near future soft sci-fi that takes a look at where we are probably heading with our society as a whole, as well as narrowing down into a few key areas. Can extremely violent/sadistic/sexual criminals be reformed? If they could be reformed, would the ends justify the means- or would that depend on the means? Where is religion's place in our future, as compared to now? What place will technology have in our everyday lives, and where will we draw the line as to how deeply we want technology to be integrated into our lives? Into ourselves?? How will society function when different people choose to draw that line in different places?
Set perhaps 80 or so years in the future, 'The Subjugate' explores these questions by following two detectives as they investigate a case of murder in a religious, tech-free town outside of the city, a town that lives symbiotically with the Solme complex next door. The Solme complex rehabilitates violent criminals using technology and other means, and then cautiously allows them back into society. It doesn't take much probing before the town's secrets start to reveal themselves. Soon our detectives have suspect after suspect to deal with - as well as dealing with problems of their own, for this case wakes up personal demons buried shallowly in their pasts.
There are many things to love about this book, but there are two aspects that I really appreciated for personal reasons. First off, I loved the way that Salvi's personal issues with Christianity were dealt with. It was very real. I'm married to a man who was raised a strict Catholic (he is now atheist) and I saw many parallels between Salvi and my husband - Salvi is struggling with bitterness and anger at the system that I'm sure many who have stepped away from religion must struggle with. At least, my husband certainly still does.
And... oh this is hard to write about without spoilers but I'll try... The second aspect of this book that I really appreciated was that consent was clear. There were character based reasons that mean that it would have been so easy for Bridgeman to write one of those scenes that I see all too often where consent is foggy. I'm sure you know what I mean. A 'foggy' consent scene is where there is a 'you know you want it, really' type of forced kiss that leads to more as the female thaws and then melts, or something similar, but Bridgeman avoided that path and instead wrote a scene with clear consent and I LOVE THAT because, as you can probably tell, I don't like foggy consent scenes. I really feel like they are something that we need to move beyond for obvious reasons, and Bridgeman has shown, without a doubt, that you can create a scene with tension, and emotional difficulty, and self doubt, and raw power, without straying into the land of foggy consent. So thank you for that - it was very, very well written and satisfying for so many reasons.
So perhaps if you are a deeply religious person this book might not be for you. But for everyone else, I would urge you to pick it up. You won't be disappointed.
The story is a near-future, stylish Who-Done-It. Think of Law & Order: SVU, combined with Bladerunner, combined with Anne of Green Gables, and you're somewhere in the vicinity of this novel.
Bridgeman cleverly moves the reader through very different locations: the dank, "New Tokyo" styling of cyberpunk big city, the tranquility of a religious community straight out of The Sound of Music, and a daunting high-tech prison, where the "Subjugates" of the title, and the "Serenes" are … trained? For want of a better term.
Like Bridgeman's other works, this is a character-driven story, in which the tech element of the sci-fi is well and truly present, but doesn't distract from the beautifully crafted conversations between the main characters. More than once I found myself smiling at the exchanges between characters, and how unforced and natural the conversations felt. There's plenty of quality writing here, and the baggage carried by the leads only adds to the material on which the author can build.
There are PLENTY of red herrings up for offer throughout the story … more than once I thought I'd figured out the culprit, only to have my reasonings expertly mirrored and then picked apart by the lead characters themselves, leaving me back at square one.
The final scenes are absolute page-turners, the type you relish and look forward to going back and reading more leisurely at a later date, when you aren't feeling like you're charging toward a shock conclusion.
Perhaps the biggest recommendation comes from finishing the book, and wanting more … more of these characters, doing what they do. As a reader, I can only hope the author has future adventures lined up for the leads!
A solid 5.