Unputdownable Dystopian Fiction: Read Our Review of The Hush by Sara Foster

Unputdownable Dystopian Fiction: Read Our Review of The Hush by Sara Foster

In the six months since the first case of a terrifying new epidemic – when a healthy baby wouldn’t take a breath at birth – the country has been thrown into turmoil. The government has passed sweeping new laws to monitor all citizens. And several young pregnant women have vanished without trace, including Lainey’s friend, Ellis.

As a midwife, Lainey’s mum Emma is determined to be there for those who need her. But when seventeen-year-old Lainey finds herself in trouble, this dangerous new world becomes very real. The one person who might help is Emma’s estranged mother, but reaching out to her will put them all in jeopardy…

The Hush is a new breed of near-future thriller, an unflinching look at a society close to tipping point and a story for our times, highlighting the power of female friendship through a dynamic group of women determined to triumph against the odds.

Sara Foster is a Perth based author who has written six bestselling psychological suspense thrillers including The Hidden Hours and You Don’t Know Me, both of which were voted onto the Better Reading Top 100 list. With the release of her latest novel, The Hush, Foster moves into a new direction, stepping away from domestic suspense fiction to produce a near-future, female-led dystopian thriller about a conspiracy that goes right to the heart of the British government. It’s a bold, thought-provoking read in the vein of The Handmaid’s Tale that is sure to appeal to readers of dystopian fiction.

The novel is set in a post COVID Britain that is suffering from food shortages, global tensions, climate change and the reverberating effects of the pandemic. While COVID is over, its effects are still felt in everyday life and the population is subject to daily testing and health screening. The British government has introduced a series of Orwellian surveillance laws aimed at restricting individual freedoms and controlling women’s reproductive rights. Citizens are forced to wear smart watches (sound familiar?) that monitor their health, track their location, spending, and even record their conversations. It’s a terrifying yet familiar look at the future, one that feels far too close for comfort.

Foster wrote The Hush as part of her doctoral studies in dystopian fiction, where she is examining the genre’s representation of maternal figures and mother-daughter relationships – something, she says, which is sorely lacking. This is not the case with The Hush. Instead, the relationship between Lainey and Emma sits at the heart of this story, as does Emma’s relationship with her own estranged mother, Geraldine. Lainey, Emma and Geraldine each make for strong, captivating female leads. Through her portrayal of these women, Foster highlights the resilience and power that women possess – both alone and when they work together.

Combining an incredible female cast with a frightening look at the near-future, Sara Foster has delivered an enthralling feminist dystopian thriller that is bound to be a huge hit. The Hush is an absolute must-read.

Buy a copy of The Hush here.

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        Publisher details

        The Hush
        Author
        Sara Foster
        Publisher
        HarperCollins
        Genre
        Fiction
        Released
        27 October, 2021
        ISBN
        9781460760376

        Synopsis

        Lainey's friend Ellis is missing. And she's not the only one.In the six months since the first case of a terrifying new epidemic - when a healthy baby wouldn't take a breath at birth - the country has been thrown into turmoil. The government has passed sweeping new laws to monitor all citizens. And several young pregnant women have vanished without trace.As a midwife, Lainey's mum Emma is determined to be there for those who need her. But when seventeen-year-old Lainey finds herself in trouble, this dangerous new world becomes very real. The one person who might help is Emma's estranged mother, but reaching out to her will put them all in jeopardy ...The Hush is a new breed of near-future thriller, an unflinching look at a society close to tipping point and a story for our times, highlighting the power of female friendship through a dynamic group of women determined to triumph against the odds.
        Sara Foster
        About the author

        Sara Foster

        Sara Foster is the critically acclaimed author of three bestselling psychological suspense novels. Come Back to Me was published in Australia in 2010 and reached the Sydney Morning Herald top ten Australian bestsellers list. Her second book, Beneath the Shadows, reached No. 4 on the Australian Sunday Telegraph bestsellers list, and rights were sold in the USA and Germany. Shallow Breath, Sara’s latest release, featured in the Australian Women’s Weekly, was chosen as Book of the Week in the Sydney Morning Herald, and was longlisted for a Davitt Award. Sara lives in Perth, Western Australia, with her husband and two young daughters. In addition to her novels, she has written for travel website HolidayGoddess.com, and was one of the contributors to their Handbag Guide on New York, Paris, London, and Rome. She has published independent short fiction alongside Hugh Howey in From the Indie Side, and contributed to the Dear Mum charity anthology published by Random House Australia. She is also very proud to have been one of the original editors of the bestselling Kids’ Night In series, which has been raising money for the charity War Child since 2003.

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