Billionaire Island

Ahoy. Nov. 2020. 144p. ISBN 9781952090028. pap. $16.99. Rated: Teen+. satire
In 2044, as climate change and overpopulation lead society to the verge of collapse, Earth’s wealthiest residents escape to Freedom Unlimited, a luxurious artificial island with an army of drones to keep refugees at bay, no taxation or law, and endangered animals on the menu. When crusading reporter Shelly Bly uncovers evidence that social media mogul Rick Canto is behind a scheme to reduce Earth’s population by spreading a virus that causes sterility, she travels to Freedom Unlimited to confront him, only to be imprisoned in a giant hamster cage. Luckily for Bly, a soldier–turned–vengeful assassin is also loose on the island. Disgusted to discover her fellow inmates pacified by regular deliveries of fast food and showers of cash they can’t even spend owing to their confinement, Bly becomes determined to escape, expose, and destroy Freedom Unlimited once and for all.
VERDICT A riotous, scathing satire of the absurd excesses of the ultrarich and the broader culture that allows them to run rampant, from a creative team with a unique comedic sensibility rooted in equal parts exasperation and deep compassion for their fellow humans. [An LJ 2020 Best Book.
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