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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Science fiction Novel Facial Justice

A British novelist and story writer L. P. Hartley wrote this science fiction novel, Facial Justice. It aims to focus on envy and equality. The novel displays a post-apocalyptic society who aimed to banish envy and privilege. It forms part of the Anthony Burgess’ essay named Ninety-nine Novels.

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Author: L. P. Hartley

Genre: Science fiction

Page count: 263

Good reads rating: 3.44 of 5

My Ratings: 7 of 10

Published: December 1960

Publisher: Hamish Hamilton

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Science Fiction Novel Facial Justice

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The author set the story in a world after World War III where the entire world became ruined and disaster reigns. Some people survived and live in underground caves and dungeons evident of totalitarian and dictatorial administrative bodies.

In Britain, a rebellious, unknown and unseen leader gathers people to break the dictatorship and urges them to build a society above the ground. It focuses on equality and no envy or bitterness. Many people escape the underground world and along with their leader founded a whole other world above the ground. They built this society on rules and regulations, more decorously on the sense of guilt and remorse on the events of nuclear war. An unnamed and unknown dictator orders people via a voice broadcasting system. Inspectors control any mismanagement and law-breaking.

A young woman named Jael 97, an alpha face many realities after her beta conversion. This involuntary betafication of her face develops a rebellious power in her, and she starts her plan to hunt down the dictator and to demolish his unjust rule. She commences an awakening movement against the dictatorship through her journalism.

As the story proceeds, they see the society collapsed bit by bit, there is no order, they deprive people of food and only chaos prevails. Jael regrets and felt guilty of her actions, which led the society to a fall. An old woman visited her and begs Jael to rule the country and restore order. The story ends with Jael addressing the people as the dictator for the first time.

Final Say on Science Fiction Novel Facial Justice

The novel is an excellent twentieth-century classic which visualizes facial transplants as a miracle. This displays the reality of today and depicts the author’s keen observation and thoughts about the modern world. I rate this novel a 7 out of 10. Would I re-read the novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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