hello and welcome to another week of waiting on wednesday! this week’s offerings diverge from my usual fare, with an adult sci-fi novel with a banger of a tagline: ‘There is no consent under capitalism‘. does that give you chills? i’m definitely getting a couple of goosebumps. I found out about docile through twitter (as i do most books!) and was enraptured almost immediately.
here’s the summary:
Docile is a science fiction parable about love and sex, wealth and debt, abuse and power, a challenging tour de force that at turns seduces and startles.
To be a Docile is to be kept, body and soul, for the uses of the owner of your contract. To be a Docile is to forget, to disappear, to hide inside your body from the horrors of your service. To be a Docile is to sell yourself to pay your parents’ debts and buy your children’s future.
Elisha Wilder’s family has been ruined by debt, handed down to them from previous generations. His mother never recovered from the Dociline she took during her term as a Docile, so when Elisha decides to try and erase the family’s debt himself, he swears he will never take the drug that took his mother from him. Too bad his contract has been purchased by Alexander Bishop III, whose ultra-rich family is the brains (and money) behind Dociline and the entire Office of Debt Resolution. When Elisha refuses Dociline, Alex refuses to believe that his family’s crowning achievement could have any negative side effects—and is determined to turn Elisha into the perfect Docile without it.
after reading that and glancing at the publishing date, here was my reaction:
because I!! am so here!!!! for explorations of identity and self in a futuristic capitalist hellscape, alongside commentary about sex, consent and intergenerational debt and trauma! give me all the angst and soul-searching!!! give me all the character development and realisations! honestly, no-one’s doing it like tor- they’re giving us ALL THE GAY!! check out the cover reveal on tor for more info about docile (and also look at that sick high quality cover below):