Future Perfect Dystopian And Frightening Akin To The Handmaids Tale New Novel Doesnt Bode Well For The Fairer

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Set in the dystopian society of Borland, a fictitious country in Europe, the year is 2090 and whilst religious zealots govern, the women’s place is to serve and comfort the nation’s menfolk. But then Abel falls in love …

Future Perfect

A must-read for the open minded, Future Perfect brings together all that modern society reviles but which scarily also sounds strangely familiar, especially as the author has taken the subjugation of women and religious fundamentalism as the novel’s overriding themes.

Future Perfect, by Tony Bayliss, on The Table Read

Set in a fictitious European country in 2090, Future Perfect is both frightening and entertaining whilst offers echoes of The Handmaid’s Tale’s oppressed womenfolk and Orwell’s dystopian worlds of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm.

Enjoyed by both male and female readers, and notwithstanding its totalitarian and fundamentalist bleakness, Future Perfect is ultimately a love story in which one hopes good will overcome evil.

Brave, alarming and a guaranteed page-turner, Future Perfect bares all the hallmarks of becoming a twenty first century dystopian classic.


The European country of Borland is governed by religious fundamentalists, and in 2090, women are now earthangels, wives, domestics, or labourers, their role being to serve and comfort men. Abel keeps his head down and hopes that his deviant thoughts won’t be detected by the Eyes or reported by the Ears. How can the dissident Lizzie help him, and how can he help her? Is his love for her doomed from the start?

Literary reviews include:

“The comparison to Atwood and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is right there” – Alma Alexander, The Writer’s Workshop

“Does to religion what Orwell did to politics in Animal Farm and Ninety Eighty-Four” – Daniel Reed, Time and Tide

Receiving five-star reviews Amazon readers say:

“I read this book in under two days. Easy to read style though horrifying at the same time. The most scary bit (I found) was knowing that some of the events are happening now in parts of the world, and it is quite easy to imagine all of it happening.” – KSW

“Frightening, fascinating and formidable, this is a compelling read. The author’s brilliant imagination takes us effortlessly into the future and the country of Borland with its terrifying reign of terror – all in the name of religion.

Women are reviled, men are worshipped, while dissenters are eliminated without trial or a second thought.

We’re thankful to find that Abel, at least, has secret misgivings about the ‘facts’ he is being taught from an early age. That when he matures and falls in love, he discovers he is not alone in his growing determination to do something about them.

But can a handful of enlightened freethinkers hope to overcome such a powerful regime and live?

Finding out was a thrilling, page-turning experience for me, as I’m sure it will be for others.” – Angela McGarry

About Tony Bayliss:

Tony Bayliss taught in various parts of England, ran a teachers’ centre in central London, and ended up as a school inspector in the Midlands. He then had a career change, leaving education, and developed a property business, which he sold ten years later so that he could concentrate on his life-long dream, to be a writer. He edited a number of different magazines while at university and in his various education jobs, and founded singing and operatic societies in the 1970’s, which are still running.

He also directed a festival of arts for seven years. He published poetry in his teens and early twenties, but his creative writing output dropped while bringing up his large family and being busy with his full-time career. He published articles and books on education in the 1970’s and 1980’s, one of which resulted in him broadcasting on radio and television.

His first two full-length works of fiction were published in 2005, and a book on property followed in 2006. His novel Past Continuous (2010) was inspired by the suicide of his eldest son, who died, aged twenty-two, in 1994.

Future Perfect deals with the topical subject of religious fundamentalism. It is love story set in a future dystopian society, where religious zealots run the Country. Women are having a very bad time. 

Find more from Tony Bayliss:

Independently published, Future Perfect is available in paperback (£7.99) and Kindle format on Amazon at https://amzn.to/3I4fP34 and https://amzn.to/3rfJAIh

Website:  www.tonybaylissbooks.com

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