Ben Peek, one of Australia's rising stars of experimental and hard-to-classify speculative fiction, has a first novel out, Black Sheep, from Prime Books. It was released in March, but now is being relaunched with a new push, along with a new cover. Black Sheep belongs to the same "genre" as novels like 1984 and Brave New World, except that it's much closer to home in its details. Peek tells the story of a Japanese immigrant to Australia in the near-future. Living in a segregated ghetto, forbidden to travel to other zones, Peek's protagonist is "charged with the crime of multiculturalism". His name is taken from him and he must struggle through a world of increasingly invasive government bureaucracy and mistreatment.
There's more, so follow the link, and buy the book, if you haven't.
Today is the final day before the English exam in the HSC. The first exam is tomorrow, the second on Monday. Everything not related to this has pretty much ground to a halt for the moment, and likely will do so for a few days after, since I'm that tired.
I didn't work this hard for my HSC.
But then, y'know, I had nowhere I wanted to be after High School, except out. Life was sure simple in those days.