In Absence of Fear

In Absence of Fear is a debut novel by Celeste Chaney that examines what it means to be human in a digital age and explores how far we're willing to go in order to feel safe.

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1984 meets The Minority Report in In Absence of Fear, which creates a futuristic world where safety and crime prevention are key, even at the expense of people’s privacy...The narrative serves as a reminder that, for all the good technology can do, it still can’t always be trusted, especially with people’s lives...Fans of classic science fiction will get the most out of In Absence of Fear, especially fans of Orwell or Huxley, to whom it pays subtle tribute.
— Foreword Reviews
A thought-provoking novel that will stay with you long after you have finished reading it.
— Readers' Favorite
Chaney imagines a society under total surveillance in this debut sci-fi thriller.

Chaney writes in tight, confident prose that immerses readers in the fictional world while also summoning ever increasing levels of tension and unease.

Although the premise evokes the work of genre predecessors, such as George Orwell and Philip K. Dick, Chaney’s vision, with its data collection and popular support, has been updated to fit the concerns of the 21st century. She may not have reinvented the wheel, but the wheel she has built is uniquely suited for today’s moment of technological discomfort.

A compelling novel to tease readers’ paranoia.
—  Kirkus Reviews
In Absence of Fear is a remarkable political thriller by Celeste Chaney that leaps ahead where George Orwell left off. The narrative of a society where citizens are lulled to complacency and pseudo-happiness through technology feels familiar and terrifying, since the real motives of its corporate government are treacherous. It could happen. It may be happening already. And the story of how one high-level programmer rebels to save his wife and son is breathtaking. I recommend this book without reservation.
— Alan Rinzler

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