Book Review | Purple People by Kate Bulpitt


 Title: Purple People

Author: Kate Bulpitt

Publisher: Unbound

Release Date: 9th July 2020

Source: NetGalley

Buy: Amazon UK
A curious scheme is afoot in Blighty. Attempting to tackle spiralling levels of crime and anti-social behaviour, the government has a new solution: to dye offenders purple. 

For once, even journalist Eve Baxter is shocked – she’s spent years gathering the world’s weird and wacky news, but has never seen anything as loopy as this. Learning of these shamed ‘bruises on society’, the nation is agog – and divided. There’s anger and agreement, protest and debate. Oh, green and pleasant and now purple land... 

But still, there’s a mystery to be solved: just how do the transformations to Purpleness occur? Transfixed by clues and conspiracies, Eve wonders if this could be her route into real news. And when her friends and family are affected by the Purple scheme, she begins to investigate...

It was the cover that caught my eye before I’d even read about what was on the inside, I’m a sucker for a nice bit of fingerprint art and I love those naughty criminals on the front of Purple People!

On the inside we meet Eve Baxter, a Brit abroad in the Big Apple, she’s living the dream working alongside her best friend at Say Fantastique an online news site specialising in the weird, wacky and wonderful.  If your dog can skateboard she wants to know about it!

A rather unusual call from a friend back in England makes her aware of a most curious thing, people back home are turning purple and nobody knows why.  It’s not a virus, nobody has been covered in nuclear waste, it is a total mystery.....

On the charm offensive, handsome PM Theo Fletcher takes to the podium to explain.  The purple people are “bruises on society”, he has had enough with criminals making ordinary folk suffer, he wants them to be shamed, he wants them to be marked as social abominations and he has decided that if you commit a crime then you will be dyed purple!

Needless to say this goes down like a lead balloon, there is support of this unusual punishment, but there are also a lot of people who are appalled by this crazy step.  Eve is mystified and starts looking in to it.

Not long after she finds herself back on home soil, her father has been involved in a bar brawl and ends up hospitalised, she’s astonished to find purple people popping up everywhere and ever the journalist she wants to find out how it is happening.  People can’t just turn purple overnight except they are and in every hue of purple imaginable.

Ever the journalist she attends rallies, goes to political tv shows and interrogates science teachers to try and find out exactly how people are turning, none of the “victims” can remember getting an injection or taking a pill, it is a total mystery, one Eve wants to solve.  She sets off to get to the bottom of this bonkers scheme to find out who is responsible and make them stop.

Purple People was a great read, I didn’t touch above on the country Eve comes back too, its almost stepped back in time, pubs are smoky, everything has gone retro and old fashioned, a backwards utopia maybe?  In the end dyeing people purple does not a happy country maketh, purple people are set on upon left, right and centre, some of them have committed crimes so random as dropping a crisp packet.  People are abusing them without knowing the full story, yes some of them are truly nasty pieces of work but some of them where simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

This is a unique satirical look at a country gone barmy and I really enjoyed it.

Thanks to Net Galley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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10 comments

  1. Exactly what I need to read! Not sure I can find it over here, though.

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  2. I love the sound of this, thanks for sharing your thoughts

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  3. I just saw this cover in a couple of Top Ten Tuesdays. The premise is certainly unique! It reminds me of those bank robbers who get sprayed with dye from the money bags. Or the engineer who made the glitter bomb for the people who were stealing his Amazon packages!

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  4. How funny! I had no idea what this book was about, but the cover caught my eye too. Sounds like quite an interesting read. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  5. Contemporary dystopian humor. Now there is a new genre for us!

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