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Moneyland by Michael Botur

A Thought Provoking Dystopian Story About Humans v Humans

Moneyland by Michael Botur is set in the not too distant future and is about a group of twelve adults who have won the chance to participate in a biodome experiment for a year and get paid US$1 million dollars in cash within 24 hours of arrival.

Except the group find upon arrival the biodome is an island devoid of people but with plenty of deserted houses, cars, and shops. There is nothing to buy, no food, no drink and they realize they need to live in a bleak existence where everything has to be scavenged.

Soon, the group of twelve splits with one group led by Adam Turing who, before leaving to set up his own camp, gets our hero, Eden (the storyteller), pregnant.

Turing takes on somewhat of a Colonel Kurtz (Apocalypse Now) persona although not quite to the same level of depravity or insanity but close enough. There are also elements of Stephen King’s Running Man and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games.

The story is well written and has many twists and turns and is sometimes a difficult to read but only because of the handling of specific subjects.

Moneyland takes the reader on a journey that has the potential of becoming a reality rather than a work of fiction. An enjoyable read with a satisfying build up, Moneyland’s grand finale and conclusion is both twisted and thought provoking.