Reviews

SUBNORMAL – 4.7 stars from 23 reviews

5 stars – The most worthwhile and gripping book I have read in a long time

Read S. Kenyon’s compelling dystopia and you will never drink tap water again. Because you can get more than is good for you with it. And it can be more fiendishly oppressive than the overt brute force of communist tanks. You thought the nanny state was bad, but wait until it becomes a tool in the hands of a megalomaniac of a mother with a Nazi penchant for human perfection. Under the guise of resolving the ills of capitalism, such as unemployment, and the shortfalls of democracy, caused by social welfare, immigration, aging population, she dreams up a much more devastating weapon than insidious political correctness, Goebbels’ stark propaganda, and even Stalinist fear to deprive people of the very thought of freedom and human dignity. Liberty, equality, fraternity – the much-abused magical formula of democracy – experiencing the ultimate annihilation of all its parts.
How vindicating it is then, that the perceived misfits of society, those labelled “subnormal” for being physically weakened, or mentally different, or rejecting unquestioned authority, should rise up to overthrow this paralysing tyranny. The so-called weaknesses of the main characters – an Aspergers young man and his injured brother, a young depressed single mother, a disobedient soldier and an idealistic politician – make them more likeable and effective than super-heroes…

5 stars – Just click ‘buy’

A very interesting read. Mind-opening for the uninitiated in terms of autism, revelatory as a ‘what if?’ piece of literature. Is fascism often too subtle to spot when you are involved in it? Highly recommended.

5 stars – Five Stars

really enjoyed it, finished it within the weekend couldn’t put it down. looking forward to reading the sequel.

5 stars – Five Stars

Excellent read. Kept me gripped from start to finish. A talent to watch out for.

5 stars – A gripping plot, and written with valuable and touching insight

Subnormal is a very compelling read, painting a vivid dsytopian world filled with believeable, relatable characters. The hero, a young male with Aspergers, is written with valuable and touching insight. The sensitivity here is key. Unlike the Rosie Project’s Don Tillman, the hero here has an in-depth, believeable charactisation.

The plot is gripping, full of action and with a grim reality that isn’t that hard to imagine.

Yet what is the most beautiful about this book is that everyone here is unique, and a society that forgets to acknowledge that is one that is hugely damaging. Neurodiversity is an issue very close to my heart and I’m very keen to see the sequel!

4 stars – The revolution will not be televised

In the not so distant future ugly secrets lie at the heart of the British establishment. The country’s disturbing fate depicted in Subnormal is all too easy to believe because being lied to and manipulated by governments is a daily occurrence in almost any country you pick off a world map these days. In a very Orwellian manner Mr. Kenyon takes a shot at painting a picture of what we might be in for should politicians not be kept in check by the press and the people they are supposed to represent, and hits the bullseye. It is disarmingly realistic and a gripping read from the very first page.

5 stars – Love to read? Love SUBNORMAL

Don’t normally read fictional books these days but had this recommended by a friend. And my word, how glad I did! From the first chapter I was hooked, and the unpredictability of the storyline kept me reading on. Although it is fictional, there’s a scary hint of realism of how a tyrannical government could actually turn this country upside down. Every chapter as good as the last culminating in a spectacular finale. Highly recommended to anyone, and if there’s one thing I’m certain of, you will not be disappointed.

5 stars – A brilliant debut novel!

I loved the original writing style! The characters were believable and well researched. I especially liked that of Paul Kelly, who has Asperger’s Syndrome. This was written with obvious empathy for people on the Autistic Spectrum, and indeed I believe the author is donating a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of this book to a charity involved in providing support to children with Autism.
I look forward to a sequel!

5 stars – Outstanding!

This book is simply outstanding. Beautifully and intelligently written with rich interesting characters. It was fast paced towards the end and I really could not put it down. Ending left me wanting a bit but am hoping that means there will be a sequel. You simply must read this book!

5 stars – Each chapter more enticing than the last

Interesting plot, love how the plot develops. Found it, very gripping and could not put it down. How dare you leave us with such a cliff hanger?

4 stars – Terrifying, disturbing, utterly compelling

A frightening portrayal of what Britain could be like in the wrong hands. The plot builds expertly, the characters provoke sympathy and contempt in equal measure. I found it hard to put the book down.

5 stars – A great first book – keen to read more.

Some very interesting ideas and thoughts and possibly an expansion and reference to present day public apathy. I found the book followed themes set by Jon Ronson, and kept me surprised enough to keep wondering what would happen next – and keen to read more. I was gripped from the very first page.

I look forward to reading more from the author, this book will give me plenty to think about in the future when watching political and world events.

5 stars – Surprisingly good read

It was quite good, which was pleasantly unexpected. Sometimes when you pick up a book someone has recommended it turns out to be nothing more than pretentious dribble. That wasn’t the case.

5 stars – nice one

really enjoyed this book. well written and a good plot. waiting for the next one.

5 stars – Five Stars

Excellent story. A must read

4 stars – Four Stars

Made interesting reading

5 stars – Five Stars

really good read

4 stars – UK Distopian

An interesting premise and well written.
Loads of great twists and turns. Enjoyable read and was a refreshing change to have a book set in the UK.

5 stars – Thought provoking and entertaining, Sci-fi adventure!

Subnormal by Stuart Kenyon, like an onion, has many layers. First is the gripping tale of a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome, the protagonist, who is marginalized by a self-righteous female megalomaniac, the antagonist. Next is, a Sci-fi adventure with a stark commentary on today’s society that heralds the all-star athlete and the glamour queen as the hero’s of today’s shallow society. Still Kenyon goes deeper into myriad of new diagnosis’s being developed everyday, but he doesn’t stop at the psychological problems that people have, he also delves into the physical dysfunctions too, raising the question who is to determine a person’s worth.

I once read that the Native American tribes of North America were all inclusive and those that were considered different in the tribe were thought to be divine and given leniency to wholly be themselves, completely. I always thought that this was a beautiful and necessary component to any society. Every person has a purpose and a place. Every person is treated with respect and accepted.

Sadly, this is not the case in this Sci-fi adventure! Kenyon is saying that no one can possibly know anyone’s full potential and those that are marginalized can quite pleasantly surprise those of us who aren’t marginalized.

There is so much more that this thought provoking thesis has brought out, but I fear creating spoiler alerts! I want you to read the book and enjoy making your own discoveries.

I had a rough start to the book finding the text awkward at times. This might be an American versus British English colloquialisms challenge; some chapters were a bit choppy, while other chapters were simply brilliant and text flowed freely!

The story line is original, the character development complete, the action driven plot interesting and the conclusion fulfilling, but there is a cliffhanger and I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.

5 stars – A gripping plot, and written with valuable and touching insight

Subnormal is a very compelling read, painting a vivid dsytopian world filled with believeable, relatable characters. The hero, a young male with Aspergers, is written with valuable and touching insight. The sensitivity here is key. Unlike the Rosie Project’s Don Tillman, the hero here has an in-depth, believeable charactisation.

The plot is gripping, full of action and with a grim reality that isn’t that hard to imagine.

Yet what is the most beautiful about this book is that everyone here is unique, and a society that forgets to acknowledge that is one that is hugely damaging. Neurodiversity is an issue very close to my heart and I’m very keen to see the sequel!

5 stars – Omg Moment

Stuart Kenyon has written a great book! I do not give away plots. However, in this case, I’ll say this. The characters are amazing. The story is frightening in the fact that it could easily happen. The drugging of the populace, and the collective who take over while enslaving a specific group of people makes this book too realistic, and not at all unbelievable that it could happen. Great job, Stuart! LK Kelley – Author

3 stars – 3.5 out of 5 stars! The ending left me glowing!

Take a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, he and his loving brother are thrust into a work camp; reminiscent of Nazi controlled Europe.
Travel back in time to a brilliant young chemist who is developing drugs for mind control.
Jump forward to the recent past and witness the birth of a seemingly benign totalitarian government. The populous is afraid, unemployment and crime are high. A small time politician is extremely uncomfortable with the politics as his party rises to ascendancy in modern England.
These are the high points of the plot, there are several smaller subplots also.

While seeming to be irreconcilable, these plots and subplots are woven into a fascinating tale. Mr. Kenyon has brought us an interesting angle to the typical dystopian future story.

I have to say that learning about Asperger’s through Paul’s eyes was very rewarding.

However, with so many threads to pull, I was not surprised that the pace of the book was up at times and down at others. I understand that you cannot have a breakneck speed constantly, but there were several spots that were dragging quite a bit. To be fair, the rest of the book flowed quite well.
There were quite a few spelling errors, not the type where it is a British spelling as opposed to American. I am talking about misplaced words, missing words, and the occasional multiple words. As if there were some words left from an incomplete edit of a sentence.

To sum up: I enjoyed the story even though the ride was pretty bumpy at times,
a lot of potholes in the road. I will give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. If the spelling had been a lot cleaner it would have been a higher score.

This is definitely a good read. The ending left me glowing!

5 stars – Five Stars

An excellent read from start to finish.

SUPERNORMAL – unrated

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