Happiness Ltd.

Happiness Ltd.

by Michael McGhee


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ISBN-13: 9780967492247
Publisher: Laughing Fire Press
Publication date: 06/23/2014
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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A highly original and gripping novel, this is also a frightening commentary on overarching governmental control, with just enough plausibility to be terrifying.

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Happiness Ltd. 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
this is a very interesting novel, and one that makes you really think. It is well-written and engaging, and is basically about a world that isn’t unlike our own, except for the fact that everything is run by a corporation (Happiness Limited) and they control almost every aspect of the citizens’ lives. It is similar in a way to other dystopian books that usually have a totalitarian government that controls everything, and even the most basic of freedoms have been taken from the people. It is interesting though the way the author illustrates the way that as a society we have pretty much become slaves to consumerism, and so in a way we are controlled by the corporation(s) that provide the material goods. I enjoyed the author’s perspective on this subject and liked the way he wrote it. Would read more from him in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great adult dystopian novel. The world created in this book is especially frightening because it doesn't seem too far away from where we are now. People worship celebrities, who have more political power than actual politicians, the government mandates spending quotas to keep consumers consuming, and those who choose to reject a materialistic lifestyle are outcast and ostracized. The protagonist is likable and relatable and goes through a great transformation and the writing can be humorous at times while still addressing the issues in this type of society. A must-read for anyone who enjoys dystopian novels.
LaylaM1 More than 1 year ago
Happiness Ltd by Michael McGhee is an eye-opening novel that paints a bleak future if we continue on down this all-obsessive path of extreme consumerism the way we have been. One only needs to stop into a mall (or Walmart, Target) the day after Thanksgiving (ironically, the day we are supposed to be grateful for what we have) to see that the sole focus is buying and having more and more and more… stuff we don’t NEED but we are brainwashed into thinking what we MUST have it (usually by celebrities or other big corporations) and this in turn creates a culture of “must haves” where we have to have stuff and then are constantly trying to figure out ways to pay for/get it. I like how the author explores this dilemma against the background of a romantic relationship, as it helped to bring more depth and conflict to the story. The ending was strange, and shocking I think, and overall I really enjoyed reading it
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
I thought that even though the overall plot or message behind this book is maybe somewhat familiar or has been done before, the author Michael McGhee really makes it his own and gives it an original and relatable bent. I saw that some other reviews drew some similarities between this book as others such as “1984” or “Brave New World” and while I can see that, “Happiness Ltd” seems to have its own personality and something new to say, as this is more about a corporation, and people being part of that machine and buying things to be ‘good consumers’ as opposed to a government that strips all rights, spies, and controls all aspect of one’s existence…. Although it’s not too far off! This book feels lighter, though, not as dark, and is fast paced and with a forbidden romance that drives the MC’s actions. Overall an entertaining read that will make you think long after you’ve finished reading it.
SDecker More than 1 year ago
I have some mixed feelings on this novel, “Happiness Ltd” by Michael McGhee. On one hand I found it to be very intelligently-written, and appreciated the heavy irony and tongue-in-cheek approach to the modern society of the all mass capitalism and mindless consumption. I thought the author’s use of the rules and laws the people were bound to was clever and did a great job of showing world-building. The overall message is important and thought-provoking. However, I did feel that there was more of just ‘explaining’ how things were and why, and that it was lacking any real action… just explained how things were and how related to each other, but there weren’t any real compelling conflicts or driving tension points to really propel the plot forward, at least not until way past the halfway mark. This didn’t make it bad, just not as thoroughly engaging as it could’ve been. But an interesting read that brings up valid concerns on our modern society.
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
this is the first novel I’ve read from this author, but if he has more I’d love to read them! This was outside my normal genre, but I found myself reading the whole thing in one night! He does a great job of “showing” this alternate reality that the characters inhabit (instead of ‘telling’ us) and really sets the stage nicely and is very descriptive. Yet it is still fast paced and has a lot of fast dialogue which I like. For the most part the characters are likable, even the over the top one of Ultra, who I actually thought was the most interesting. But our protagonist Nelson carries the story nicely as does his supporting cast. The book’s title comes from the corporation (Happiness) that basically runs everything and everyone, and people have simply become “consumers” of all the stuff they are told they need to buy. Overall the writing was good, a few editing things here and there, but nothing too major. I do feel that it was lacking in a certain tension or “high stakes” that would have really propelled it over the top to a five-star book, but it is definitely worth a read.
MegKing More than 1 year ago
wow, this book was crazy trippy cool! It’s not like most of the books I usually read, but I totally liked it and thought that it was pretty spooky how in a way the world that Mr. McGhee creates isn’t TOO far-fetched, actually, even though it’s presented as satire. The way we worship celebrity (like Ultra) and they are so influential about what people buy and how they think… it’s really quite scary. And it’s interesting how people were mostly referred to as ‘consumers’ instead of ‘people’ as that’s what they were really viewed as and basically devoid of humanity. A thought-provoking read, one I highly recommend to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago