Martin Knox’s sixth book – an action-packed, comical, totalitarianism, animal liberation and climate change.
Farm animals investigate philosophies of climate science within a new paradigm.
Reviewed by Brad Ahern, Science Educator
Following Orwell’s masterful satire, Animal Farm, 1945, Martin Knox continues the story in the aftermath of the Animal Revolution up to modern times, with an insightful account of the progress and difficulties of the Socialist Animal Collective. An action-packed story of farm animals seeking liberation. They mine coal and their work is restricted by bourgeois management and superpower influence. They discover and carefully explain a paradigm shift within climate science. Another prescient and engrossing cautionary fable satirising the threats posed by modern-day totalitarianism and globalism. The satire is humorous with animal characters based on leaders of superpower nations, animal liberation and climate campaigns.
Reviewed By Divine Zape for Readers’ Favourite. Rating: 5 Stars
Fans of Animal Farm by George Orwell will adore Martin Knox’s Animal Farm 2, a fable with strong hints of political satire set on a farm on tropical Caruba, an island in the grip of the Social Republic. It is set within a cold war between the Social Republic and the Democratic Union. After successfully leading an animal revolution, the pigs take over control of the farm and put the animal workers under unacceptable and harsh working conditions. When coal is discovered on the farm, it attracts the attention of the superpowers who are in it for their own interests. The animals find themselves embroiled in a war of climate change, where they have to decide to shut down the power station and the coal mine or use renewable energy. But the consequences will be dire for the animals including the loss of jobs. So, the only option they have is to fight for their freedom from totalitarianism. But can they win?
This is a cleverly plotted story with interesting characters, and readers will relate to the animals that behave like humans; the anthropomorphism is brilliantly executed. Readers will encounter animals such as pigs (Lords Napoleon, Natalia), cattle (Tosser, Earl, Henry, Arnold), sheep (Sharon, Trudy, Sophie, and others), goats, llamas, horses, donkeys, mules, and more. Animal Farm 2 is open to several interpretations with political manipulation, abuse of power, superpower interests, and those who bear the brunt of political manoeuvring. It is a fable, but it is the same story that we see being played out too often in the political world. The novel features relevant and deftly written political themes, a debate on climate change, and the effects of totalitarianism. The characters are elaborately written and readers can see in them a portrait of what politicians do. The satire is biting, ingenious, and written in a context that readers can relate to. Martin Knox’s satirical novel is a work of great imagination
It has been 75 years since George Orwell’s prescient satirical novel Animal Farm was published. A lot has happened since then: the Space Race; the Cold War; break up of the USSR; climate change; animal liberation; emergence of China as a superpower.
Totalitarianism has been rife, as Orwell warned. The animals are in the midst of these changes, their lives perilously affected by the manoeuvring of their pigs and the superpowers. They learn pidgin English and science, realising climate science is flawed and requiring different action. A satirical sequel continues what Orwell started, bringing it to a logical, unexpected and optimistic conclusion.
George Orwell’s book Animal Farm was published in 1945, correctly anticipating the Space Race and the Cold War. Animal Farm 2 by Martin Knox recollects Soviet events that followed and updates Orwell’s satire of totalitarianism in his 1949 book ‘1984’ up to modern times, with the focus on energy and global warming. The book sends up world climate politics in the superpowers, as they jostle for position in a global Reduced Energy Deal. Despite ruthless control by the pigs, the Farm animals learn climate science and discover there are flaws that require a paradigm shift away from renewable energy. Will the animals seek liberation and overthrow the pigs? The animals’ analysis of global warming is a hard-hitting, meticulously scientific, accurate and carefully explained satire.