Ash wishes he had a tough big brother to help him take revenge on the bullies. His wish comes true , but what he gets is a vigilante whose preferred method of justice is to kill.
Big Brother is a sinister stranger with a deathly pale complexion and eerie dark eyes who appears out of nowhere, intent on sorting out Ash’s rubbish life. He lives in computer networks and has amazing powers. Is he a ghost, a being from outer space, or just the figment of a mind disturbed by constant abuse? Big Brother won’t say, not at first. What he does claim to be is Ash’s ‘avenging hero’, keen to wipe out the Jessop crew, the gang of bullies who have made Ash’s life a misery ever since he came to live in Liverpool, only Ash can’t figure out why. He hasn’t asked for Big Brother’s help, but he’s going to get it whether he likes it or not.
Try as he might Ash is unable to escape Big Brother’s influence. He wants the gang taken out and the bullying to stop, it’s just that Big Brother is set on all-out annihilation, and to Ash that makes him a dangerous ally he wouldn't like to get on the wrong side of. Ash’s enemies have to die slowly and painfully, no other punishment will do, because it turns out they’re a prominent part of Big Brother’s past as well as a large part of Ash's present.
'Big Brother' is a contemporary, science fiction young adult novel, with a bit of horror thrown in. Call it a ghost story as well. After all, as Big Brother is always telling Ash, you can't kill someone who's already dead. It's a dark tale of hate and revenge, but there's some humour, too.
Priced at £5.99, 'Big Brother' (ISBN: 978-0-9558550-2-3) by Tracey Morait is available to buy from Amazon and all other major online stores worldwide from November 2012. Get your copy in time for Christmas!
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