Pendulum Author:John Cristopher This is not science-fiction but terror-probability, as the England we know - 'the guardian of justice and peace' - is thrown into violent convulsions by an economic depression reminiscent of the gloomy days between the two World Wars. — For those who can remember those days of evil it is something to be accepted. But for the young, it is ... more »a call to strike. Gangs of Hooligans rampage throughout the land bringing in their wake a bitterness and anger that is almost sub-human.
Action, as always, produces reaction. The pendulum swings yet again, but the stability that follows is that of supra-discipline, of grim religious retaliation. And the England that had been warm is now a country of freedom-frozen despondency.
Originally published in 1968, the nightmare happenings of Pendulum seem if anything even more probable today.« less