Philip Miller – All the Galaxies
- Arusa Qureshi
- 31 March 2017
Dystopian drama set in the aftermath of a second failed Scottish independence referendum
Set in a period of great civil unrest, All the Galaxies foresees a dark yet conceivable future for Scotland, in which war, terror and anarchy are commonplace. Glasgow becomes a microcosm of the country in the aftermath of a second failed Scottish independence referendum, which is followed by a bloody and gruesome era of political turmoil known as 'The Horrors'.
This novel charts the journeys of a series of characters as they navigate the strange, and sometimes supernatural, world around them. Though the many jumps in time and the complex interweaving of plot is disorientating at points, this ultimately evolves into an effective plot device, drawing attention to the surrounding havoc. The stories of Fallon and his son Roland are particularly moving, as both remain in search of something significant throughout the majority of their narratives.
With such a backdrop being the current norm for many places around the world, Philip Miller's dystopian tale acts as a comment on the fragile nature of social order, forcing us to consider the careful but unpredictable balance at play in our societies.
Published Thu 6 Apr by Freight.