A Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic Survival Novel

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Pub Date Sep 20 2022 | Archive Date Dec 22 2022

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A rare few have dared look beyond the edge of sanity. Those who have wish they were never so bold for a universe of madness and terror stared back.


The nations of Africa battle the decline of vegetation. The desert creeps closer, threatening the major cities. People flee across the seas in a mass exodus not seen since biblical times. Hunger and greed consume those who remain. Yet hope is not lost. Some who remain vow to do all they can to halt the wicked machinations of corrupt governments and too-big corporations.

Thandiwe and her Bangaphandle use their hacking skills to turn those same corporations getting rich off the helpless to share their profits with her beloved Africa. Imbued by her initial success, Thandiwe becomes distracted by the enigmatic Ali. He holds a strange power within and confides in her a terrible secret that threatens all of humanity.

Detective Dakarai spends his days combating the city’s meth problem. When he stumbles upon Thandiwe and Ali he quickly realizes a more sinister plot is at work, one with demonic implications. Dakarai knows what he must do, even if he is terrified to do it.

A boy whose blood will save mankind from the clutches of annihilation. A girl whose mind could hold any computer on earth to ransom. A man with many faces and an immoral thirst for power and control.

Their destinies hold the fate of the world, but time is running out. To save the world, they must accept the impossible and rise above all that has come before.

A rare few have dared look beyond the edge of sanity. Those who have wish they were never so bold for a universe of madness and terror stared back.


The nations of Africa battle the decline of...

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This was a really unique story, I loved the use of Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic Survival. It was what I was hoping for when I requested and I was so invested in the plot of the book. The characters worked in the atmosphere and it had a great tense atmosphere in it. I enjoyed the way Dan Padbury wrote this and look forward to reading more from him.

"Eric out at the road, then over the road at homes. Most were empty. When the virus broke out some people lost their lives in the hospital. Real estate prices had dropped so drastically that he had considered moving out of his parent's home."

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4.5 star rating

This book is a dystopian thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s an action-packed and page-turner book that you will enjoy. I personally couldn’t get enough of it. The characters were fascinating because of their capabilities and differences. I never thought i’d enjoy a dystopian thriller, but here we are. The story was really captivating because of the twists and turns; there were a lot of things happening but it wasn’t confusing to me at all. If you love dystopian stories and crime, then you will enjoy this book for sure. It’s like Hunger Games & Divergent meets tv shows like Hawaii Five-0, CSI, NCIS.

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Wow what a ride! This mind bending and riveting read kept me on the edge of my seat and did not let go until the very end. With a completely unique storyline and a mix of ruthless and lovable characters, 2023 completely blew me away.

I would highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a unique and thrilling read!

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𝟐𝟎𝟑𝟐 is a 𝐃𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐚𝐧, 𝐏𝐨𝐬𝐭-𝐀𝐩𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐲𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐜 𝐒𝐮𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥 𝐍𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐥⁣ by Dan Padbury that is a story that brings fear to the surface when Mother Earth is no longer able to provide for its habitants. To make worse, there are those that take advantage of the situation - big corporations still looking for the bottom line. But Padbury writes with hope in that there are characters in this novel that is the last bastion of humanity.

This debut novel is well written - gripping and fast paced with great plotting. Entertaining read!

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Dan Padbury excites in his debut dystopian thriller, '2032.' Set in a post-apocalyptic world where the population of Africa is fighting against itself thanks to a crippled infrastructure and lack of resources, fates will determine the course of the world.

If you're a fan of suspenseful dystopian books with an emphasis on government, this debut novel is right for you. A fast-paced read.

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The kind of dystopian thriller that'll keep you up, not wanting to put the book down. Page after page of action, gloomy atmosphere, crime investigations, pandemics, conspiracy theories, and clever twists and turns to keep you turning pages.
A breath of fresh air with captivating unique storyline that's both thought provoking and nail bitting. Really enjoyed the ride this book offers.

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A solid thriller. This has interesting characters and a compelling plot. I suspect it will sell well. Recommended.

Thanks very much for the free review copy for review!!

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I read 2032 by Dan Padbury and it's SOOOO GOOD. A book set on the edge of an unexplained disease sweeping a continent? An African YA dystopian novel written well? I LOVED IT ALL.

I really enjoyed how fresh a take this was on the usual dystopian story we've seen around the block.

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This has an interesting cast of characters that carry the story along a nice pace and create depth to the story. Great plot and I found myself filling an afternoon reading this in one sitting as I found it so enjoyable. Thank you to Netgalley, the author and publisher for an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest , unbiased review. 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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"2032" by Dan Padbury delivers a compelling and thought-provoking journey into a future plagued by societal collapse, environmental devastation, and a deadly virus. Set against the backdrop of a world teetering on the edge of chaos, this dystopian thriller captivates with its blend of social commentary, suspenseful action, and moral complexity.

From the opening pages, I was drawn into a world where the divide between the rich and the poor has reached alarming levels. Padbury's vivid descriptions paint a stark picture of a society grappling with inequality and power dynamics, where the privileged few thrive while the marginalized suffer. The plight of vulnerable nations in Africa serves as a poignant reminder of the real-world consequences of unchecked greed and environmental neglect.

At the heart of the story is a team of ethical computer hackers led by the formidable Thandiwe, whose mission to challenge the status quo and fight for justice adds layers of intrigue and moral depth to the narrative. As they navigate a world ravaged by corruption and despair, the characters grapple with difficult choices and moral dilemmas, forcing readers to confront the complexities of power and responsibility.

Padbury's writing is fast-paced and immersive, keeping readers on the edge of their seats with each twist and turn of the plot. The tension builds steadily as the stakes escalate, culminating in a gripping climax that leaves a lasting impact. Alongside the thrilling action, "2032" prompts reflection on timely themes such as environmental stewardship, social justice, and the resilience of the human spirit.

"2032" offers a compelling blend of dystopian intrigue, social commentary, and ethical exploration that will appeal to fans of the genre. Padbury's vivid imagination and thought-provoking storytelling make this a must-read for anyone seeking an immersive and thought-provoking literary experience.

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