After emigrating from England to Australia, Keith lived there for five years as a child before his family moved back to England. He received a bachelor’s degree in German from Leicester University and moved to Germany in 1983 where he worked as a self-employed translator for over 20 years before becoming a lecturer at the University of Siegen in 2005. From there he received a master’s degree in English literature and is currently working on a Ph.D. about the effects of Darwinism on early science fiction between 1818 and 1918. He is still teaching English at the University of Siegen, and claims it is the “best job in the world”.
Cathy and Michael now have three children and Citidome life is a distant memory. But for Cathy, village life is no longer idyllic. While Michael is famed as the leader of the Alliance of Outside Communities, she is left holding the baby. When a chance arises for her to fulfil her potential, will she make the right choices? Michael, however, is too preoccupied to notice Cathy’s personal struggles. Heightened security in the Citidomes has resulted in fewer escapees, a shortage of young farmers and a depleted gene pool in the village. While Michael unveils his most audacious plan yet to liberate rebels from the Citidomes, will his devotion to the cause cost him the love of his wife and daughter? And will his plan endanger his life, as well as those of his allies?
Forbidden Alliance is also the story of Cathy and Michael’s sixteen year-old daughter Joy. Fiercely intelligent but with limited career options, she fights against the future her father has planned for her: marriage to village boy Matt. Forbidden from seeing Harry, the nomadic canal-dwelling boy she has loved since childhood, she finds friendship from an unexpected source: BodyPerfect ex-citizen Ryan, whose perfect Citidome looks are less than perfect in the outside world. And her illusions about life in the Citidomes are about to be shattered.
In addition to the issues explored in Future Perfect, the first book of the trilogy, Forbidden Alliance poses additional questions, including those of leadership, family loyalties and whether it is possible to justify the sacrifice of human lives for the greater good.
For Suna, this is a time of difficult decisions as she struggles to adjust to life outside the Citidomes. Where do her loyalties lie? Is she capable of understanding human emotion? After an unexpected betrayal Michael and Cathy finds themselves back in Sigma-2, where Cathy must confront her worst fears. Can Joy and Harry recapture the magic of first love, or have the horrors they have witnessed scarred them forever? And do they have any chance of succeeding in the most ambitious mission the Alliance of Outside Communities has ever undertaken? Is there anyone in the world beyond the shores of State Eleven who cares enough to help? Even if there is, will they be able to do anything in time?
Freedom’s Prisoners explores betrayal, guilt, hope and endurance in an explosive conclusion to the Blueprint trilogy.
But in space, nothing goes according to plan.
The crew wake from hypersleep to discover their captain dead in his allegedlyfail-proof safety pod. They mourn, and Cormac sends a beautifully written eulogyback to Earth. The word from ground control is unequivocal: no matter whathappens, the mission must continue.
But as the body count begins to rise, Cormac finds himself alone and spiralingtoward his own inevitable death . . . unless he can do something to stop it.