In 2083, Benjamin Brandt is among the millions of “slummers” who are relegated to poverty and struggle on the outskirts of society. As a minority growing up in the gritty underbelly of Cleveland’s Industrial Valley, Ben sees the way genetically designed “elites” live only from a distance: from the shadows of public spaces people like him are forbidden to use, and on TV, where he watches the enhanced athletes compete at an extraordinary level. For years, a national track championship has inspired Ben to ferociously cultivate his own talent as a runner.
As Ben logs miles through the potholed, darkened streets of his community, an idea takes hold of him that could turn his highly stratified society upside down. He isn’t prepared to lead a revolution; however, he is prepared to run like a slummer with nothing to lose.
The Slummer: Quarters Till Death by Geoffrey Simpson
In a future world, it seems that society still hasn’t learned to share. There are the “haves” who have been genetically enhanced, born as designer babies and those relegated to the slums, the workers without enhancements. One slummer had a dream to compete with the best of the enhanced best in the national track competition, something that had never been done, an impossibility…
THE SLUMMER by Geoffrey Simpson is a tale of courage against all odds as one young man pushes against a world that holds him and his “kind” down. Well written, there is a message of oppression, hope and determination. Is this where we are headed in spite of all the talk of affirmative action? Thought-provoking and one of those reads that leaves a mark.
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Geoffrey Simpson! This is my honest and voluntary review.