ASO - Lindsey's first novel
Reviews of ASO
In his review Keith Parkins of BookCrossing books called ASO "a powerful first novel” and rated it as 10/10 stars. "Lindsey Mackie is not just a novelist and writer of short stories, she is also a talented musician. Shades of Iain M Banks and Yevgeny Ivanovich Zamyatin and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood."
From reviews on Amazon - "A fascinating and thought-provoking novel. Very enjoyable and recommended" and "From the moment I opened the cover, I was hooked by Lindsey Mackie's dystopian descriptions of a post-apocalyptic Britain and the emotions that define us as human beings, no matter how our society is shaped. All in all, this is a fantastic read with a powerful message about our future."
Lindsey's novel ASO was long-listed for the
About the writing of ASO.
We had taken our daughters on a nostalgia trip back to Norfolk where Dave and I had met and spent many happy years at the University of East Anglia. As we drove back through Sandringham Forest, I had that sense of separation, of Norfolk being somehow set apart and protected from the rest of Britain, that I used to feel as a new undergraduate.
I had wanted to write a believable story set in the future and now started to consider what particular circumstances might change the way people were able to live and how society might be organised, or even divided. There are many examples in history where countries are re-shaped and families always seem to bear the consequences.
With my precious children in the back, I realised again how so much of family life is about the moments, the lost unaccounted for minutes when our children subconsciously imprint on us and we on them and more, the vital connections, wisdom, love and experience that the older generation gift us. Yet we are all guilty of ageism. Talk to the elderly and many will tell you how invisible and marginalized they often feel.
As a Northerner growing up in the seventies, the distance from the prosperous decision-making South was keenly felt. These elements of Division sowed the seeds. ASO is a thriller set in a Britain of 2050 where all energy and water supplies are strictly controlled, every garment is re-cycled and each child is a longed-for prize. People live in three age-related regions.
In Abovo, children are reared and taught by Maters before graduating to Suris where they live and serve until at fifty-five they resort to Olim. There is little new music apart from the three formal songs written by the president, Magnamater Olivia to serve a purpose. The anthem ‘Joytime’ aims to encourage coherence and loyalty. ’United’ accompanies the marriage ceremony and ‘Heartheld’ is played at funerals to celebrate a life spent. It is part of her controlling arrogance that Olivia assumes people will forget or deem irrelevant the songs of their past, but we are not chips to be wiped clean.
When does inspirational leadership distort into autocracy and how sustainable is a recreated society when it defies the strong familial instinct to be together? So, as we’re driving, a central character surfaces. Rachel Develin, a dedicated Senior Fidelis Officer whose discoveries on a routine investigation shake her world and challenge all her loyalties. The songs ‘Running’ and ‘Tender Assassin’ express her conflicts. What must the faithful become when their causes betray them?