A tightly-controlled world: A.R. Williams on ‘The Camellia Resistance’ (pt. 1)

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The novel The Camellia Resistance by A.R. Williams starts off in a comforting place, a warm bed, as the narrator watches her lover dress. But the world outside is far from a comfort — a future landscape, painted in apocalyptic tones and colors. It’s become a familiar world in the past decade or so, thanks to writers like Suzanne Collins, Cormac McCarthy, Margaret Atwood, Justin Cronin and big- and small-screen entertainments like The Walking Dead and Elysium.

But Williams’ story — which is part of a trilogy — manages to find its own niche in this crowded genre, drawing on aspects of today’s politico-socio climate to project a plausible future — a world in which intimacy and love are threatened at the national, and viral, levels … where latex, body condoms, and SaniCheck have become the norm. Government muscle is flexed to a suffocating degree, ranging CAMELLIA RESISTANCEfrom government agents to…

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A tightly-controlled world: A.R. Williams on ‘The Camellia Resistance’ (pt. 1)

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