A Quest for Orion
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Cover illustration and those on these pages from Football Crazy by Colin McNaughton, Piccolo £1.25 0 330 26747 7 (published April 1982). Also available in hardback from Heinemann, 434 94991 4, £4.95. We are grateful to Piccolo for their help in reproducing this illustration in full colour.
At the close of the twentieth century Western Europe has been reached to a bleak and repressed Zone, ruthlessly ruled by barbarian neo-Stalinist 'Freaks'. The world as se know it has been willfully destroyed and is pervaded by terror, suspicion and chaos. This depressing picture is only saved by the echoes of hope, symbolished mainly in medieval chivalric honour and the constellation of Orion, which are adopted by the tiny isolated cells of hopeful young people, who determine to struggle for a happier, saner future. Between them they manage to construct a fine filament of resistance across Europe in their search for a happier destiny. This very complex, obliquely-written novel demands much of the reader and truthfully speaking, whilst I thoroughly enjoyed it, it only commends itself to older, very tenacious pupils. A second novel The Tower of Stars is also available.