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The Method Reviews

The Method by Juli Zeh, Sally-Ann Spencer

The Method

Juli Zeh, Sally-Ann Spencer

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1 review

Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 1 May 2014
ISBN: 9780099551768

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.

4 stars out of 5
Simon Ings
4 Mar 2021

"a distinctly unsettling post-Covid read"

Fifty years hence, physical health has become the highest political virtue, illness is an obscenity and failure to take reasonable precautions against disease is a crime. Mia Holl, out to avenge the state’s judicial murder of her brother, launches herself at her stifling nanny state in much the way Winston Smith launched himself at Big Brother in Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. (For once, I promise you, the comparison is apt and deserved.) Her dialogues with the Mephistophelian Heinrich Kramer, the medical genius responsible for Juli Zeh’s scrubbed-up antibacterial future, make for a distinctly unsettling post-Covid read.

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