Age Bomb
Ken Jack

In a Britain not too far in the future, conflict erupts between the generations, as an ageing population strains resources. The Government introduces harsh control measures which turn the elderly into degraded and abused third-class citizens. The disaffected older generation rebels with what at first is simply anti-social behaviour, but transforms into organised resistance. As a ruthless and self-serving Prime Minister comes to power, is there any way back from the desperation, division, and social disorder his drastic policies lead to…?

Age Bomb book cover

What a brilliant, superb novel. It highlights a growing concern of course – looking at our immediate family, the care sector (and elderly care in particular) employs more than any other. And of course the story here taken as a whole is draconian, but it doesn’t half get you thinking.

The second chapter is a great introduction to how things are going to go and the forth starts really turning the teenage stereotypes on their head, great reading. Things start to darken in chapter 10, and the whole second part of the work is dark and foreboding.

As for the way in which the money is located to fix some of these issues, well, that’s a little off-the-wall, though appealing, written in such a way. But even if the ending doesn’t make you come over all happy as it did me, the idea behind the story, some of the implications so thoughtfully and worryingly explored herein, should at least make you pause for thought.

Published by Sean Randall

I am an avid reader, technologist and disability advocate living in the middle of England with my wife, daughter and pets.

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