Goodreads: The Repatriation of Henry Chin
Author: Isaac Ho
Published: 29th August 2011 (Digital Fabulists Publishing)
Source: Audiobook from Publicist
Rating: 3/5 (Liked it)
Official Summary: “First They Came For The Chinese
Nightmare SciFi Novel THE REPATRIATION OF HENRY CHIN by Isaac Ho, tells a chilling tale of a world where paranoia rules, “security” camps are commonplace and freedom is a memory.
In a near future, amid growing hostilities between the USA and China, the new scifi novel THE REPATRIATION OF HENRY CHIN sees a paranoid president decide that the best course of action to deal with “potential”
domestic terrorists is to secure Chinese-Americans in specially built facilities for their “safety.” Mild-mannered pharmacist Henry Chin finds his life turned upside down as American turns on American.
Unwilling to submit to such a draconian security policy, Chin flees with his teen-age daughter across a nightmare America where neighbor has turned against neighbor. Now doggedly pursued by an ICE agent determined to bring this “potential future terrorist” in no matter the cost, Chin struggles to survive in a country where once cherished rights and liberties have been traded for a peace and security that is anything but.” – Goodreads
Review: Not sure why it is classed as a sci-fi novel. Not really any of them elements anywhere. I would have classed it as a thriller more than anything. I liked it the story was unique and well written. It did take me a while to get into the story, the first half felt a bit dull. It also took me a while to get used to the narrator, again the first half of the book felt dull and dry. It came across as a bit emotionless. Felt this was more to do with the narrator than the story.
I found I didn’t overall like most of the story just based on I didn’t like the racist tones to it. It was all part of the story so I couldn’t overall fault the Author for it. Just bugged me. But then again that was kind of the point, it should bug me and it should bother me. Citizens being treating like poop simply because part of their genres are from somewhere else.
(Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review)