Cower not, fierce reader! Today, we have a new book to review: Chasing Freedom by Marina Fontaine. This is a fine work exemplifying the lengths that Social Justice should be striving for. But that is the setting, and not our story. Our story indeed commits many sins against Social Justice. Let the darkness of Injustice come forth!
To begin with, our story is one of rebellion against oppressive government. Cities in the United States have been abandoned to the Earth, in favor of Megalopolis living. Government determines your fitness for college, and assigns most jobs. Simple protesting is illegal. Mexico has walled off the border, and Canada is willing to take those that can make the trip.
Our rebels are generally more interested in disseminating information than fighting, though they do when necessary, to rescue their own from prisons kept secret, among other things. Workers at these prisons are usually only injured or hurt for resisting raids. Places are found for the inmates, to bring them back to life. Restoration and mercy are worthy goals of Injustice.
Children and religion even have their places in this rebellion. Religion has been shunted to the side by government, and eventually persecuted. Some of the rebels have faith, all respect it, and there is a sense of loss among those without. Children are protected at every cost by the rebels, first by getting them to homes they will be safe, and eventually establishing their own facilities to care for them nearby.
This book is not a perfect act of Injustice, but it does rather well. The setting focus on extreme environmentalism as having taken over the policies of government is a weakness, but it does explain some of the later moving pieces well. As a work of fiction, I found it enjoyable and recommend it thoroughly. As an act of Injustice, it merits 7 of 10 fell deeds.
When you play Social Justice, the world loses.