The Choice by Claire Wade. (2019).
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
Imagine a world where everything you ate was monitored by the government. Every step you took was counted. Your children were weighed every day at school. Neighbours report on neighbours and no one was safe from judgement. Sugar was illegal and baking was a crime. Imagine if that world was here now…what would you do? Toe the line…or fight for your freedom…?
This novel was the winner of the Good Housekeeping first novel award and when you read it you’ll definitely see why. As with all the best science fiction it is super believable and easy to imagine, thus all the more horrifying (no sugar at all, eep!). Aside from the horror of no sugar (haha), the book paints a pretty serious picture of one person in charge probably genuinely trying to improve society’s health but doing this the completely wrong way. It raises the relatable issue of the community voting someone into power and then becoming unhappy with said person’s actions… where do you go from there? The storyline was really engaging and also very interesting. The book is set from Olivia’s point of view; Olivia is a married mother of two young children who owned her own bakery before the new food laws came into play. I really liked Olivia and I thought she was a great lead character to follow.
This is such a fantastic debut for the author, I really look forward to any future offerings.