The Indie Exchange is running a readalong of Anderson O’Donnell’s Kingdom this month. Here I share my thoughts as I reach the halfway mark…
I do love a good dystopian novel such as 1984 or Fahrenheit 451 and Anderson O’Donnell’s Kingdom, the first in the Tiber City trilogy, is looking to brush shoulders with the giants of this field.
So far the story has been very detailed with the degradation of Tiber City well conveyed in O’Donnell’s intricate descriptions. There are two main characters which the narrative switches between.
Campbell, formerly involved in secret gene experiments known as Project Exodus, has now hooked up with the Order of Neshamah, holy men that have embraced science as a means of further spiritual enlightenment. I’m not sure about Campbell at this stage. He clearly shows remorse for his dealings with Morrison Biotech that spearheaded Project Exodus but I’m still wary of him.
The other character of interest is Dylan, the son of a Senator that has committed suicide and a mother who has been destroyed by the experience. Dylan began the novel as a character that wasn’t the most appealing, enjoying the luxuries of drugs, sex and alcohol, living
the fast life. The emergence of a presidential candidate that looks similar to his father has led to him investigating an intriguing
mystery. Letters from Dylan’s late father to his son only serve to enhance the puzzle.
I’m speculating about links between Campbell and Dylan at this stage and am hoping for many answers before the end. While I am warming to the characters with each page it is Tiber City that remains the most vivid in my mind. Set only a few years from now,
Kingdom’s main city is one that has descended into chaos and madness through human traits alone rather than apocalyptic wars.
I’m intrigued to find out how the rest of story unfolds.