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