David Wighton is a retired educator who enjoys writing youth novels when he's not on a basketball court coaching middle-school girls. The books in his Wilizy series peek at how people lived after the word's governments collapsed in the chaos that followed the catastrophic rise in ocean levels and the disappearance of the world's last deposits of oil. Luckily today, in the 2080s, the citizens of Alberta are safe because their It's Only Fair society uses brain-bands to zap people whenever they break a rule. That way, all children grow up knowing the difference between right and wrong. Unfortunately, they're also taught that women's ankles need to be covered so that men can't see them and turn into perverts. Plus, no-one in Albert can have babies any more because the government manufactures them in a way that ensures that no child has an unfair advantage over any other child. All of this makes sense to Alberta's dictator, but not to Will and Izzy – two teenagers who are decidedly different from everyone else.
Wighton's novels have strong teenage characters driving the plot and facing challenges that, in many respects, are no different from what teenagers face today. His novels are intended to entertain and readers will find adventure, romance, suspense, humour, a strong focus on family, plus a touch of whimsy. Wighton also writes to provoke a little thought about life in today's societies and what the future might bring. Teachers may find the series useful in the classroom and the novels are priced with that intent in mind.
on June 28, 2014 :
In "I Gotcha". Wighton creates a futuristic world, set in Alberta after oil and gas has run out, where babies are manufactured and everyone, well not the one's in charge, wear brainbands. Brainbands that prevent emotion and ensures everyone conforms to the It's Only Fair (IOF) society.
Teenagers, Will and Izzy meet in unusual circumstances and though wary of one another, their attraction to each other leads them to discover that all is not as it seems. With Will's clever invention of a sky-trekking mechanism that flies through the air and Izzy's adept skills at planning battles against superior forces, how will these two team together to evade their society, where will they go and what will they discover?
This is the first book in the Wilizy Series and readers can look forward to following the escapades of these adventurous characters and their future in this dystopian world.
A great book for engaging philosophical or intellectual discussions about fairness, equality, rebellion, society, emotion, the future and much more.
An excellent teen sci fi novel, soon to be a series.
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on June 26, 2014 :
Any parent or teacher has heard the familiar refrain, 'It's not fair!'
I Got'cha!, David Wighton's first book in the Wilizy series, explores this business about fairness. When we have it, do we really want it?!
The first pages of the story grab your attention immediately and will appeal to young readers, even older ones who had to eat yucky food or else! The plot moves along briskly with chapters ending at just the right spot…guaranteed to have you coming back for more.
Teenagers will find this book interesting; teachers or parents wanting to explore the concept of what is fair and how we can actually be fair, the merits (or not) of different personalities, adolescent stirrings of sexuality, will find David Wighton's novel, I Got'cha!, a great launching pad for discussion with young people.
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