Described as delightfully unsettling dystopian fiction that is far too close to home, this daring book projects recent political events into the near future to examine potential consequences.
The year is 2059 and Great Britain is dead. Long live Brito! It's a reform like no other; all borders are blocked, society has shrunk and the people are driven by a purpose programmed by the regime. Brito has enslaved the population by destroying individuality and replacing it with a devout dedication to the nation. Class, race and difference have disappeared and all that remains are those that work and those that do not. By any means necessary, a corrupt chain of command manipulate the ‘Operatives’ to function, while their sole enemies are the unemployed 'InOps'.
When Operative Everley bonds with a non-worker, his feelings wriggle free from the clutch of the commanding hand that controls his mind. His changes in behaviour are spotted by the immoral eyes of his aged superior, Raines, whose wistful nostalgia causes him to bring an impatient violence to his management style. All the while, an underground organisation is watching and wanting to free Everley before he is banished, brainwashed or ordered to death.
‘For Brito!’ is a story about the endurance of the human spirit and the development of character despite a regime of manipulation, supervision and control. Dark, deep and deceptively sensitive in its social commentary, this dystopian world is built on blocks of poetry hidden within the prose.
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For Brito was written by Unperson Press founder and creative entrepreneur, RD Morris. You'll find her talking all things writing, business-owning and life-living on Instagram as @therdmorris. There, she'll be loving and supporting the writing, reading and poetry communities.
Here's a little about our RD, from a recent interview for Author Central:
I have been a writer for as long as I can remember. I've spent my life carrying around notes upon notes in notepads and on train tickets and scrap pieces, so that you wouldn't know my pockets full of bin matter are actually a great many works in progress.
After achieving a First Class degree in English Literature, I found myself working for UK Government. Though I wrote magazine articles for the Military community at first, this shifted into drafting training material, then business documents and other creatively-muted outputs that left opportunities for poetic prose and beautiful language wanting. But, despite the challenges of each of job role of the decade that followed, I always found the time to write.
I spent my twenties blogging. This started when I left my home (a small village in South West England), and moved alone to a large city "Up North". I remember feeling I might, at any minute, be eaten up by the huge buildings or swept away by the whirlwind of passing people in those busy places. It was such a new environment that it inspired much of my writing. I found myself idealising the pastoral settings of my upbringing and comparing these to the pandemonium of a city. In hindsight, this time may have been one of the greatest influences on the genre I now write: dystopian fiction.
After a significant amount of research into some of the key themes in the book (which I won't spoil for you now), I began For Brito! - that was some three years ago now. Unfortunately, soon after I started hammering at the keyboard, I developed a chronic sight condition. Whilst trying to deal with this impairment, I stopped typing my ideas into chapters. But, as any writer will tell you, it's not the sort of thing you can stop doing for long. I was writing in my brain anyway; I just had to find a way to get it through my fingertips and into a laptop. I persevered, and completed For Brito! early in 2020.
Then, when Covid hit, I thought 'Nobody will want to read dystopia now!'... but I was wrong. 1984 is top of the pops again in Amazon's charts and, with so much uncertainty in the world right now, perhaps escaping into a dystopic story for a while will remind us of the small liberties we still have despite lockdown.
I hope you enjoy following Everley's story as he struggles to identify as a human from within a system based on deprivation.