What if all brain disorders were treatable? Few would lament the passing of dementia or autism, but what if the twisted mind of a sex-offender or murderer could be cured too? Or how about a terrorist or maybe a political extremist? What if we could all be ‘corrected’?
Condition: The Final Correction is the final installment in a dystopian series by Alec Birri. I’ll be honest with you, I haven’t actually read the first two (sorry!). I know what you’re thinking, but I was assured that the third book read well as a standalone, and as the premise sounded really intriguing, I thought I’d give it a shot.
Author Alec Birri served thirty years with the UK Armed Forces, commanding an operational unit that experimented in new military capabilities classified at the highest level. This set of fictional novels are based on his some of experiences during this time.
The book had my attention from the very beginning. Divided into three parts, part one did an excellent job of setting the scene. However, as I progressed onto part two, I did start to get a little bit lost, and that’s where I felt that I was lacking important information from the first two books.
Perhaps not a standalone read then. But that wasn’t to say I didn’t enjoy it. The book is set in 2028 (only 11 years in the future!) and many of the themes are extremely relevant. Without giving too much away (I hate spoilers!), Islam is fast becoming the world’s only religion – and the American president is not happy about it. The fictional Secretary of State even says “Trump would be turning in his grave.”
Such political themes are to be expected from an ex-army author, however it’s the themes of science and evolution that are perhaps the most terrifying in this dystopia. A so-called ‘evil’ Professor (the book alludes to his mass-murdering past) has created an AI that, when taken in the form of a red pill, cures a person of all their aliments.
However, patients are not only cured, they are enhanced. All senses are heightend, and telepathic communication has become the norm. But is it too far to put someone in jail because of their thoughts?
Birri does have something of a rushed writing style, and there were moments in this book when I would have liked a more comprehensive description of some of the more important moments. It almost feels rushed and unfinished in some areas.
Despite this, I have been intrigued by this book. I would not, however, recommend picking it up as a standalone, as it doesn’t read like one. I really enjoyed the premise so I will be going back to read the first two – although I’ve kind of spoiled it for myself because I already know how it ends! Doh!(3 / 5)
Thanks to Bookollective for sending me Condition: The Final Correction as part of their blog tour!