The world of corporate greed runs rampant after the government’s dissolution has left police, fire, and all other services once handled by the public sector in the hands of privatized businesses and wealthy investors.
With the class divide ever widening, debtor prisons for the lower and middle classes overflowing, disease ravaging the country, and resources running dry, the streets have become a battleground for those who would fight against the elite’s corrupt system, against a world spiraling into ruin, against the devastating impact of a society ruled by The Private Sector. – Goodreads Synopsis
The Private Sector Review
I want to see this book get the cover art it deserves. Leigh M. Lane’s The Private Sector is terrifying. Especially right now, with a malignant cesspool of racism and greed being one of the leaders in the presidential race. There are so many things in her book that strike a chord of terror even King couldn’t incite on his best day. Because you can see it happening. Heck, you can see it happening right now! Lane’s vision of the future in The Private Sector feels almost disturbingly prophetic.
“No one ever plans to become homeless.” This is a truth that people need to get through their heads. Ninety percent of the population is one tragedy away from being homeless. Most of us inch from one paycheck to the next with little wiggle-room for accidents or emergencies. It’s hard to save money when you’re barely making enough money to pay your bills. That simple fact is enough to make the desperation you sense in the main characters crawl under your skin. It feels like you’re reading your worst nightmares come to life.
Another issue Lane points out is the debate over ‘designer’ babies. We’re already seeing that now, with the hullalaboo raised over things like the ability for a child to have 3 parents via mitochondrial replacement techniques. Whilst it is true that this could go horribly wrong in the Gattaca way, there is another side. The side of parents who would do anything to have a healthy baby, but whose genetics shoot that down. Then there’s the debtors prisons, the privatization of police, medical, and so on. It should be absolutely unbelievable, but it is not.
The Private Sector is a better written version of 1984, in my opinion. (You have to admit, his prose was clunky!) A horrifying look into the near future for this generation. Buy it now on Amazon. You won’t regret it.