In the year 2041, a law was passed stating that all crimes, debts and unfulfilled sentences could be traded for either the exchange of free labour, the exchange of personal favours for those in power, or for the increasingly popular exchange of a wholly domesticated existence measured by the severity of the outstanding liability.
With the criminal justice system all but abolished, this became a way of life in England, none challenging that which was the norm: trading life and time for gain, prosperity and the romance of fictitious emancipation.
For once in history, captivity and servitude were valued by all parties, and freedom was the myth and secret it was always thought to be.
In London, offenders are being sold like cattle when a breakout prompts one of the biggest searches in the City. Meanwhile the Attorney General, Dolly Mason, battles personal demons while prosecuting an attack on politicians, taking care of her teenage ward, Sera.
Compared to popular dystopian novel, The Hunger Games, 2051 explores a traditional science fiction world set in a future with a cashless society, criminals being sold by auction for work, babies sold by their mothers for food, barbers buying black-market organs and operating on the desperate, while the political landscape in the UK takes a turn when celebrating a decade since major social change.
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L. Stanley started reading and writing at the age of nine and began writing this book at eighteen. She graduated with an English degree from the University of Birmingham and works in publishing. She lives in the UK with her partner and cat, Sulu.