A game for the times we live – and die – in. Enter Psychotopia, a dark new dystopian novel from the author of the acclaimed Silas Quinn mysteries.
PSYCHOTOPIA, LEVEL ONE. Create your own boutique psychopath, then deceive, manipulate and be ruthless, spreading mayhem and destruction to reach the next levels.
It’s the computer game for our times. After all, the amount of crazy in the world is increasing. Senseless violence on the streets is becoming the norm. Can Dr Arbus’s ground-breaking device identify and neutralize psychopaths before it’s too late? In this increasingly dysfunctional world, surely Callum standing by Aimee after her devastating encounter with Charlie is proof that real love and goodness can still win in a world that’s increasingly rotten . . . Or can it?
I was really excited when I saw Psychotopia by R.N. Morris. A virtual reality game centered around psychopaths? Be still my beating heart! You had me at “psychopath.” I have always been interested in psychopaths, particularly how their mind works and why they do the things they do. Blame it on my Criminal Justice major in college or my fascination with serial killers. Am I little weird? Quite Possibly! Anyway, add in a virtual reality game to the storyline and R.N Morris had me salivating to get my hands on his newest book, Psychotopia. Is this book shocking? Yes! In your face? Yes! Disturbing? Hell yes! Did I love it? OMG yes!
Let me start off by saying that I do play a virtual reality game called Second Life and I have played this game for many years. Do they have some crazy things that go on in this game, yes! Maybe not to the extent of Psychotobia, but there are quite some disturbing role plays that go on in this game. So, the premise behind the Psychotopia game really intrigued me and before you ask….yes I would play this game. Don’t judge!
Psychotobia is a set in a dystopian future where psychopaths are considered the norm in society and will eventually outnumber non psychopaths. Dr. Arbus believes there are many psychopaths around us with most being undetected, but he has come out with a device that can easily detect if someone is psychopathic or not. But, forcing someone to take the test really pushes boundaries in the government and especially against people’s rights. Inspector Glenn Parfett believes there are two types of psychopaths – idiot ones and brilliant ones. Parfett thinks he is a human detection reader can tell if someone is psychopath or not by just looking at them. Then there is Sally who is now working for the gaming company that is developing Psychotopia and soon finds herself the target of a psychopath. We also learn the story behind Aimee’s life and how it took a turn for the worse when she was targeted by a psychopath who changed her life completely.
Interweaved between each of these characters stories is the inner working and the conception of the VR game known as Psychoptia and believe me when I tell you it is very very disturbing. Morris really has a wicked mind and really hits you with the shock factor again and again and again. Morris has written a dark story that also rings a bit of truth in it as well, which again, is creepy all in itself. While all of the parts of the story may seem separate, they do eventually all tie in together really nicely. What I think is also different is the story is the main focus rather than the characters. Honestly, I absolutely LOVED this book!
I was completely engaged in this brilliantly dark and eerie story. A definite five stars from me. While this story might not be for everyone, I definitely think if you have an open mind or like really gritty, in your face craziness, then you will really love this book.
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Author Bio –
R. N. Morris is the author of ten novels. The latest is PSYCHOTOPIA, published 31 October, 2018.
A Gentle Axe, was published by Faber and Faber in 2007. Set in St Petersburg in the nineteenth century, it features Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Dostoevsky’s great novel, Crime and Punishment. The book was published in many countries, including Russia. He followed that up with A Vengeful Longing, which was shortlisted for the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award (as the CWA Gold Dagger was briefly known). A Razor Wrapped in Silk came next, followed by The Cleansing Flames, which was nominated for the Ellis Peters Historical Novel Dagger.
The Silas Quinn series of novels, set in London in 1914, began with Summon Up The Blood, followed by The Mannequin House, The Dark Palace and The Red Hand of Fury. The next novel in the series, The White Feather Killer, will be published in April 2019.
Taking Comfort is a standalone contemporary novel, written as Roger Morris.
He also wrote the libretto to the opera When The Flame Dies, composed by Ed Hughes.
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