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Echo Cycle by Patrick Edwards

Echo Cycle

Patrick Edwards

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Imprint: Titan Books Ltd
Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
Publication date: 10 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781785658815

Gladiator meets 1984 in this near-future thriller featuring timeslips, ancient magic and a disturbingly plausible dystopian Britain...

4 stars out of 5
Simon Ings
27 Feb 2020

"There’s more adrenaline in a single page of Echo Cycle than you’ll find in whole chapters of other sci-fi novels"

Echo Cycle describes a future so wilfully awful, you would never just tip into it. Couldn’t happen. Definitely not. This is Broken Britain’s Brexit future as written by George Orwell, had Orwell possessed neither life experience nor a sense of humour. I mention Orwell because Patrick Edwards’s time-travelling lead character — ripped from an unfeasibly violent schoolboy altercation and deposited, not without dark purpose, in Nero’s Rome — is called Winston Monk. He’s a glass-half-empty sort of chap and by page 63 I wanted to punch him. At no subsequent point did this feeling dissipate.