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2028: The Rebellion
This is a Trumpian Fantasy. It imagines what could happen if Trump wins in 2020 and beyond. It is a work of fiction, but it is an attempt to extrapolate what it might look like if Republican and Evangelical policies were implemented, backed by an empowered Trump who has declared himself President for Life. Can a ‘rag tag group’ of rebels from the American Prison States restore our Republic and turn the Confederated States of America back into the United States of America?
Plot/Idea: 5 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 6 out of 10
Character/Execution: 6 out of 10
Overall: 5.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Overtly topical, this novel envisions a near future in which President Trump is re-elected and ultimately refuses to leave office.

Prose: Brisson’s prose is level, candid, and curiously journalistic in style. The writing can read blandly, with an overreliance on exposition.

Originality: Trumpian tales are increasingly familiar. Brisson’s work is original in terms of its sci-fi/fantasy approach, future setting, and speculation about the nature of the ensuing rebellion.

Character/Execution: Many successful works of dystopian fiction imagine circumstances that may be too close for comfort, but remain safely implausible. This work too closely mirrors present day events to stand as a true work of fantasy or to capture readers’ imaginations.

Date Submitted: July 26, 2020

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