The Penal Colony by Richard Herley
Published August 30, 2013
- Author Richard Herley
A very interesting premise this. A future, not too far removed from our own, in which the worst of Britain’s prisoners are dumped on an island and essentially left to fend for themselves. With a minimum of input from the outside world, they fend and survive, with rival gangs, a dictatorship and plenty of internal politics.
This is a story of survival, of how mankind can be both at its worst and its best without the structures of civilisation, and it’s laid over a tale of wrongful imprisonment, adjusting to island life and attempts to escape.
I enjoyed the book, it was quite a page-turner in places, although the pacing was a bit odd. Some of the timescales didn’t quite fit in my head, and the passing longer periods of time didn’t flow as well as in other books. But that’s a minor complaint for what was a fascinating read.