Marcus, a 40 nothing low wage data entry clerk, twice divorced denizen of the new digital age, nightly pisses his life away on Viagra, wine and loose women found on dating apps. Caught in an infectious loop of hedonistic drunken sex, he despairingly witnesses a society controlled and manipulated by Jackson Fire, self made corporate King, founder of TV show Celebrity Rape, born out of the culture that we have become.
So desperate for fame, contestants will do anything for their fifteen minutes with a complicit voyeuristic salivating public desperate for blood and rape to keep them satiated. The excitement of 9/11 footage and beheadings of their favourite Middle East leaders they are taught to hate are no longer strong enough to meet their paraphilic tastes. But when events with those extremely close to Marcus start to become realer than reality TV, everything comes to a head…
Celebrity Rape is Kai Motta’s dystopian vision of a culture that is only literally years away. Not written to assimilate pornography, it’s an accurate description of the all encompassing perversion of capitalism, where people are literally selling themselves for outside validation. Counter balanced with real news articles every fourth chapter to give weight to the premise of the novel, Kai has weaved a work of fiction to present the terrifying horrific future that lies ahead of us all.
I was initially interested in this novel due to the title, I thought it very controversial and interesting straight away. It definitely caught my eye.
The novel takes on quite scathingly the addiction of social networks and their power over the individual, that extremely dangerous side of humanity: vanity and pride.
I found it a great piece of social commentary. I can imagine having ‘Rape’ in the title will scare many people off, but the title is actually the most controversial part of the book.
It reminded me of Will Self and also George Orwell.