Mia Holl lives in a state governed by The Method, where good health is the highest duty of the citizen. Everyone must submit medical data and sleep records to the authorities on a monthly basis, and regular exercise is mandatory. Mia is young and beautiful, a successful scientist who is outwardly obedient but with an intellect that marks her as subversive. Convinced that her brother has been wrongfully convicted of a terrible crime, Mia comes up against the full force of a regime determined to control every aspect of its citizens' lives.
The Method, set in the middle of the twenty-first century, deals with pressing questions: to what extent can the state curtail the rights of the individual? And does the individual have a right to resist? Juli Zeh has written a thrilling and visionary book about our future, and our present.
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This is a brilliant, disturbing and wildly imaginative picture of the nanny state run mad; how far should the State be allowed to poke its nose into a citizen’s business? - The Times
Tightly plotted, philosophically enquiring and disturbingly plausible - The List
In Sally-Ann Spencer’s superb translation from German, Juli Zeh’s novel gives form to a dystopia that remains hauntingly recognizable. - Times Literary Supplement
Zeh...seems to have won every European literary prize going...Three years since its first publication in German as Corpus Delecti (it is translated here with tremendous gusto by Sally-Ann Spencer), Zeh’s novel is even more relevant to our over-structure, over-quantified times. - Guardian
Thoughtful and intelligent...her main character Mia is an intellectual heroine as much as a physical rebel. - Sunday Herald
Juli Zeh rings some effective, thoughtful changes on the classic dystopian plot in this ideas-rich satire of our brave new lifestyles. - Independent
Proof that science fiction isn’t just rocket-ships and rayguns... sensitive, thought-provoking - Guardian
A work of prophetic historic pessimism, The Method is closer to Aldous Huxley's Brave New World than to Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. Juli Zeh pictures the lapse into brutality with a strange coldness. She is an analytic, apocalyptical writer in the tradition of Yevgeny Zamyatin, Ray Bradbury, and Philip K. Dick. - Die Zeit
An impressively plausible account of a conformist society disguised as a utopia - Independent
Juli Zeh is an Olympian narrator who regards her characters from an extremely wide angle... This author excels in creating experimental set-ups, sharp-witted intellectual ping-pong games, told with narrative verve and sanguinity - Der Spiegel
Excellently paced, meticulously structured, and nothing short of masterful in terms of characterisation. - Bookmunch
Juli Zeh was born in 1974 and lives in Brandenburg. She studied International Law, worked with the UN in New York, and completed her studies in Creative Writing. Juli Zeh has won numerous awards, including the international Per Olov Enquist Award and the French Prix Cévennes for Best European Novel. Her work has been translated into thirty languages.