May 5, 2017

Blog Tour: Subversion (One Bright Future #2) by Melinda Friesen – Guest Post and Giveaway


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Subversion by Melinda Friesen

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“I surrender my days, my efforts, myself to the OneEarth Bank . . .”

After fleeing slavery, Rielle James burns with the desire to topple OneEarth Bank and end its enslavement of young people as Contracts. When she learns that her friend Nathan has been sold to a logging company where Contracts die or vanish without a trace, she assumes a false identity and becomes a slave again to help him escape.

Her act of subversion uncovers the horrific truth behind the OneEarth Bank’s role in Contract disappearances and its link to a global pandemic.

Can Rielle and Nathan escape and expose the truth before it’s too late?

Subversion (One Bright Future #2)
by Melinda Friesen
Publisher: Rebelight Publishing
Publication Date: August 31, 2016

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World Building with Melinda Friesen


The One Bright Future series is not like many dystopians you’ll read. It is a near-future, pre-apocalyptic dystopian that my readers have called “frighteningly plausible”.

Because the series takes place only 30 to 40 years in the future, I used our own world as a template. The world my protagonist, Rielle James, lives in isn’t that different from ours. As a reader, you’ll feel right at home there, which is why, I think, people feel so unsettled by it. They can see the trajectory we’re on now ending up where Enslavement begins.

For these books, I studied historical instances of dehumanization and the propaganda that fuels it. I took technology that exists and advanced it. I adapted current thoughts and attitudes and followed them to their logical end. People in Enslavement’s and Subversion’s world have willingly traded their freedom for safety and prosperity. They’ve pursued these two ideals no matter what the cost.

The thing about human rights is that you have to be human in order to have them. I’m not talking about aliens here, folks. I’m talking about taking a human being and vilifying them to the point that they’re no longer considered fully human and deserving of rights, freedoms or even our sympathy. They are degraded until they are nothing but tools and commodities.

This is Rielle James’ world, a world where she’s torn from her family and sold into slavery and so are many young people like her. This is the world I drop you into.





“One world. One currency. One bright future.”

That’s the promise made by OneEarth Bank after a global economic collapse–but only for those who accept the insertion of a commerce chip.

When Rielle’s parents refuse to comply, government officials tear her family apart. As punishment for her parent’s crimes, Rielle is forced into a Community Service Contract–a legalized form of slavery–and sold to a wealthy, abusive banker.

The Banker’s secrets hold the key to Rielle’s freedom, but will she risk prison or even death to escape and search for her family?

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1 Comment

  1. It’s curious. I write historical fiction…some set in a Soviet gulag…and I find parallels between that world and this future world that Rielle experiences. Scary stuff. I’ve read both books…very well written…and can’t wait for the third.

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