Canceled: The Story of America's Least Wanted

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What will reality TV do next? Kaylie Adams finds out as she joins FBC’s new hit reality TV show: Canceled. A sort of “Abortion Idol,” the American viewing audience votes weekly: keep the baby, or terminate. When FBC studio exec Jake Granville learns he’s the father, TV’s hottest new show suddenly gets very personal. But a contract is a contract. More

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About Michael D. Britton

Michael D. Britton has been writing professionally for 25 years, including heading up marketing departments, working in huge private corporations, writing for government entities, supporting non-profit healthcare systems, sprinting with tiny tech start-ups, freelancing, and a producing TV news broadcasts in the 90s.

His short fiction has received ten honorable mentions in the Writers of the Future contest, among other recognition; and his novels have advanced through multiple rounds of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in various years. His list of indie-published fiction titles exceeds 65 and keeps increasing.

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Review by: Maria DaCosta on Sep. 19, 2013 :
I could not put this book down! The premise is sort of sickeningly possible. Kaylie was hard to like at first, because I thought it was rather cowardly of her to excuse herself from the responsibility of making her own decision, leaving it up to the voters. But then I felt sorry for her because she was being used in this horrible spectacle. Her parents were wonderfully genuine, I felt like they were my own parents! ;)
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: L.A. (Escape From) Reviewer on May 16, 2011 :
A taut, engaging, and pitch-black take on the ideas first put on screen in 'Ed TV', Michael Britton's `Canceled' follows the journey of a young, vulnerable woman who's carrying an unwanted pregnancy. The twist? She's the star of Hollywood's sleaziest reality show, where the viewers vote on whether she should abort or keep the child.

As if that weren't enough to fuel the tension of the book - rife with moral 'what ifs?' - the ruthless underside of Hollywood's elite and the unexpected blossoming of love are also explored, with satisfying payoff.

`Canceled' is a slam-dunk of an intro to Britton's work!
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)
Review by: quasar51 on March 30, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this novel. I thought the characters were interesting, the story was certainly unique, and I was always wanting to read on to find out what happened next. While reading, I kept thinking, "Could this really happen?" "Could society and network producers go to such levels to define a whole new (and disturbing) form of reality TV 'entertainment'?" Beyond these questions and many others that will twist around your ethical and moral attitudes, you'll simply find the novel engaging--and one that will have you continually thinking "How is this going to end?". Well done!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Gambler Press on March 29, 2011 :
Michael Britton goes where few would dare: looking at a possible future of reality television. And with the way reality shows continue to escalate, desperately searching for more and more ratings, constantly pushing for The Next Big Thing, he may not be too far off.

CANCELED: THE STORY OF AMERICA’S LEAST WANTED tells the story of Kaylie Adams, an everyday girl who finds herself pregnant and doesn’t know who the father is. She auditions for a new show unsure exactly what it is but knowing it pays - and she needs the money. Then she learns it’s kind of an “Abortion Idol” where she goes through a weekly routine and the viewing audience votes whether she keeps the baby or has the pregnancy terminated. When Jake Granville, one of the show’s execs, learns he’s the father, thing’s really heat up.

No matter where you stand on the abortion topic you’ll find yourself engrossed in the lives of Kaylie, Jake, and Kaylie’s family as they struggle and soul-search through this grueling ordeal. Britton does a great job of showing all sides of the issue and ramping up the drama and tension as each of these well-rounded characters struggles to discover their true feelings about the baby and each other. Some friends and siblings bond while others splinter apart under the immense pressure. Britton also keeps a quick pace to the tale that keeps the reader flipping the page to see what happens next.

Though the title is CANCELED: THE STORY OF AMERICA’S LEAST WANTED, I have a feeling this book will never be cancelled and America will demand it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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