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The Core of the Sun

The Core of the Sun

Why a Booktrail?

The Handmaid’s Tale..set in Finland…

  • ISBN: 978-1611855265
  • Translator: Lola Rogers
  • Genre: Fantasy/Sci Fi, Fiction

What you need to know before your trail

The Eusistocratic Republic of Finland has bred a new human sub-species of receptive, submissive women, called eloi, for sex and procreation, while intelligent, independent women are relegated to menial labour and sterilized. Vanna, raised as an eloi but secretly intelligent, needs money to help her doll-like sister, Manna.

Vanna forms a friendship with a man named Jare, and they become involved in buying and selling a stimulant known to the Health Authority to be extremely dangerous: chilli peppers. Then Manna disappears, and Jare comes across a strange religious cult in possession of the Core of the Sun, a chilli so hot that it is rumoured to cause hallucinations.

Does this chilli have effects that justify its prohibition? How did Finland turn into the North Korea of Europe? And will Vanna succeed in her quest to find her sister, or will her growing need to satisfy her chilli addiction destroy her?

Travel Guide


Finnish take on dystopia, and a mirror of modern-day Finland

An extremely restrictive social plan has been installed across the country and women are second-class citizens. According to the government, this ‘new’ Finland is a ‘eusistocracy,’ which means that it values its citizens and their well-being above everything else.

Eugenics is the process by which the government ensure that the correct ype of person is born and bred. The chosen few are allowed to breed, and those who are substandard are not and are even sterilized.

Propaganda sets the rules and spreads the new way of living.

Other countries are said to be too liberal and so foods from certain countries contain what the new Finns should not eat. Spicy food is banned and so a black market of chili peppers grows…

Welcome to the new Finland of dystopia

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  The Core of the Sun

Destination : Finland  Author/Guide: Johanna Sinisalo  Departure Time:  Future

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