Hedon by Jason Werbeloff – Spotlight and Giveaway


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What if happiness were compulsory?
What if your thoughts were not your own?
Plunge into HEDON for soul-twisting sci-fi.

In 2051, the Bhutanese Empire rules post-apocalyptic Shangri with iron-fisted Buddhist compassion. Happiness is compulsory, but making everyone happy isn’t easy in an overpopulated world. Breeders are ghettoed, homosexuality is mandatory, and Shangrians’ happiness levels are strictly monitored by hedometers implanted in their heads. Become depressed, or feel too happy without helping others feel the same, and The Tax Man will get angry. Very angry.

Gemini and Cyan, winners of the pregnancy lottery, are on the run. Cyan can’t fall pregnant, and Gemini is addicted to the Experience Machine. Will they evade The Tax Man, and find a way to end the brutal pleasures of Shangri?

The lovechild of Brave New World and The Handmaid’s Tale, HEDON is gritty satire on a dystopia drunk with bigotry and positive thinking.

“A one of a kind dystopian novel.”
“As politically depraved as anyone could desire.”
“This is storytelling at its best”.
– ReadersFavorite.com 5 star review of HEDON

Enjoy an excerpt:

The day before his father died, Gemini had carried the old, old man to the summit of the district heap. Cardboard boxes, plastic packets, clothes hangers, rags, and a thousand other remnants of the past had sagged, crunched and scratched beneath Gemini’s bare feet. By the time he’d reached the top, he was out of breath. But it wasn’t the weight of his father in his arms, clinging to his neck. His father weighed less than a memory. No, it was the thought that this would be the last time they would share the view together.

The heap was higher than the ghetto Wall, higher than the Devas. From the top, they could see it all. Rows and rows, and rows, of tin shacks stretched behind them. And before them, a mile away, was the great Wall, brown as the earth. Beyond was the city, its brown-white spires shrouded in fog. Brown fog.

His father had looked at Gemini then. Really looked. Looked at him, his son, not as a war veteran. Not as someone from the past. “Boy,” his father’s voice was hollow, soaked up by the heap, “are you happy?”

The breath in Gemini had caught. Of course he was happy. Everyone was happy. It was Shangri. But his lips formed a different reply. “No,” he said, and stared out beyond the Wall. His cheeks burned.

“That’s okay, boy. They say they’re happy. But they’re not. Nobody is.”

Gemini swung his head to study his father’s eyes. The blasphemy. Sure, there was unrest here, in the ghetto. Sure, there was discontent. But few spoke such … such blatant heresy. Such negativity.

“Find a girl,” his father said, placing a veined hand on his son’s. “Be happy with her, but not too much. Never forget …” His head twitched. “Never forget that there is more.”

His father fell silent. Gemini scooped together a pillow of detritus so the dying man could lie comfortably as he stared out at the city. The city the old man had fought for, and lost.

About the Author:

Human. Male. From an obscure planet in the Milky Way Galaxy. Sci-fi novelist with a PhD in philosophy. Likes chocolates, Labradors, and zombies (not necessarily in that order). Werbeloff spends his days constructing thought experiments, while trying to muster enough guilt to go to the gym.

He’s written two novels, Hedon and The Solace Pill, and the short story anthology, Obsidian Worlds. His books will make your brain hurt. And you’ll come back for more.

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  1. Jason Werbeloff (@JasonWerbeloff) says:

    Thank you for featuring my book! Readers, the book is available for FREE download today from Amazon.

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. Sounds like a great read!!

  4. Mary Cloud says:

    Great giveaway – sounds like a great book

    • Jason Werbeloff (@JasonWerbeloff) says:

      Thank you, Mary. Good luck for the giveaway! And don’t forget to download a copy of ‘Hedon’. It’s free today.

  5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

    • Jason Werbeloff (@JasonWerbeloff) says:

      Peggy, I do unfortunately face writer’s block every now and then. I find the best way to deal with it is to do something monotonous but important – like editing a previous work. The process works as follows:
      1. Can’t write, but should. Feel guilty.
      2. Convince myself that editing is more important.
      3. Start editing.
      4. Can’t edit anymore. Feel guilty.
      5. Write to distract myself from editing. And there you are!

  6. Rita Wray says:

    I liked the excerpt, thank you.

    • Jason Werbeloff (@JasonWerbeloff) says:

      Thank you, Rita! Don’t forget to grab a copy of ‘Hedon’ today for free on Amazon. It’s currently on promotion.

  7. kim amundsen says:

    Enjoyed the excerpt.

    • Jason Werbeloff (@JasonWerbeloff) says:

      Thank you, Kim! Grab a free copy of ‘Hedon’ today on Amazon – it’s currently on promotion.

  8. Erin Ellis says:

    Looking forward to reading this! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

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