The Subjugate Review

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About the Book

In a small religious community rocked by a spree of shocking murders, Detectives Salvi Brentt and Mitch Grenville find themselves surrounded by suspects. The Children of Christ have a tight grip on their people, and the Solme Complex neurally edit violent criminals – Subjugates – into placid servants called Serenes. In a town where purity and sin, temptation and repression live side by side, everyone has a motive. But as the bodies mount up, the frustrated detectives begin to crack under the pressure: their demons are coming to light, and who knows where that blurred line between man and monster truly lies.


This book is just so incredibly amazing! It’s one of those combinations where if done incorrectly it wouldn’t work at all. BUT, it was done better than correctly and just: wow. I think what made this book for me is that while it is sci-fi, it is very easy to see that this could be a plausible downfall to society. Plus I’m a sucker for crime novels and it’s been far too long since I’ve read one. So this was a perfect blend of genres for me!

I have a weird interest in cults, and this story just screams cult-y. So you know I was hooked right from the start. And this society was just so interesting to learn about! I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s wild and scarily plausible. It’s got new things we would expect to see in the future, yet as we see even today, the people believe that a simpler (and more restrictive) way of life may be better. There are so many nuances that seem to have been pulled from some of our more “closed off” communities.

Outside of the strange individuals we meet in this story, we also get an intense murder mystery. But that’s all I’m going to say on that because you just need to read it. And for those of you who may not explore the sci-fi genre all too often this might be the perfect fit! There are some sci-fi elements, but there is also so much more to this story!

About the Author

Amanda is a Tin Duck Award winner, an Aurealis and Ditmar Awards finalist and author of several science fiction novels. Her works include the best-selling military SF/space opera AURORA series (previously published by Momentum Books/Pan Macmillan Australia), alien contact drama THE TIME OF THE STRIPES, and sci-fi crime thriller THE SUBJUGATE (published by Angry Robot Books, UK) which has been optioned for TV by an Oscar and Golden Globe nominated production company.

Born in the seaside/country town of Geraldton, Western Australia, she moved to Perth (Western Australia) to study film & television/creative writing at Murdoch University, earning her a BA in Communication Studies. Perth has been her home ever since, aside from a nineteen-month stint in London (England) where she dabbled in Film & TV ‘Extra’ work.

She was a finalist in the Universal AU/Screenwest Pitch competition (2019) and a finalist in the AACTA Regional Landscapes Pitch in partnership with Screenworks Pitch (2020).

She is a versatile writer who enjoys working across different genres and creative formats, be it novels, screenplays, short stories, etc, and creating both original and tie-in work.

She has a short story in the WARHAMMER 40K universe coming mid 2020 through Black Library (UK).

Her new novel PANDEMIC: PATIENT ZERO will be the first novel set in the award-winning Pandemic tabletop board game universe, and will be released worldwide in September 2020 through Aconyte Books (UK).

The sequel to her hit The Subjugate, called THE SENSATION will be released worldwide in October 2020 through Angry Robot Books (UK).

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

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