The new novel from one of the hottest young European voices and author of the critically acclaimed Dark Matter.
Mia Holl lives in a state governed by The Method, where good health is the highest duty of the citizen. Everyone must submit medical data and sleep records to the authorities on a monthly basis, and regular exercise is mandatory. Mia is young and beautiful, a successful scientist who is outwardly obedient but with an intellect that marks her as subversive. Convinced that her brother has been wrongfully convicted of a terrible crime, Mia comes up against the full force of a regime determined to control every aspect of its citizens’ lives.The Method, set in the middle of the twenty-first century, deals with pressing questions: to what extent can the state curtail the rights of the individual? And does the individual have a right to resist? Juli Zeh has written a thrilling and visionary book about our future, and our present.
NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS
Juli Zeh’s novel, part science-fiction, part political thriller, set in the mid-21st century, presents a vision of a future that plays on our current obsession with health and surveillance. Juli Zeh provides a deep insight into our over-structured, over-quantified times.
This anti-Utopian novel brilliantly describes a society, which apparently is perfect. Citizens of this state are being threatened by a potential come-back of the dreadful 20th century. In this state, everything has its place and time. People, without exception are healthy; physically and psychically. Simply a nightmare. The author skilfully connected the totalitarian atmosphere of Nineteen Eighty-Four by Orwell, with a mixture of hopelessness, resembling the classical The Trial by Kafka.