Gritty satire on a dystopia drunk with bigotry and positive thinking…
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In 2051, the Bhutanese Empire rules post-apocalyptic Shangri with iron-fisted Buddhist compassion. Happiness is compulsory, but making everyone happy isn’t easy in an overpopulated world. Breeders are ghettoed, homosexuality is mandatory, and Shangrians’ happiness levels are strictly monitored by hedometers implanted in their heads. Become depressed, or feel too happy without helping others feel the same, and The Tax Man will get angry. Very angry.
Gemini and Cyan, winners of the pregnancy lottery, are on the run. Cyan can’t fall pregnant, and Gemini is addicted to the Experience Machine. Will they evade The Tax Man, and find a way to end the brutal pleasures of Shangri?
The lovechild of Brave New World and The Handmaid’s Tale, HEDON is gritty satire on a dystopia drunk with bigotry and positive thinking.
Readers’ Favorite Reviews: 5 Stars
“This is a story of a dystopian society that’s as politically depraved as anyone could ever desire … This is storytelling at its best … characterization, dialog, descriptive narrative, pace, plot and subplot interaction and conclusion … simply all the pieces fit – perfectly.”
“Hedon is a one of a kind dystopian novel that combines a unique plot, brilliant setting and gripping characters.”
“The great accomplishment of indie authorship and self-publishing is that books like Hedon by Jason Werbeloff will not only be written, but they also provide for a reading experience beyond the limits imposed by traditional publishers.”