See you at the Earth club

You’re new around here? Well, there are a few things you ought to know.

Get caught with a piece of fruit, you’ll at least get a kick in from the cops. They catch you growing your own, you don’t even want to think about what they’d do to you.

That’s the way things are since Easy Food starting having an influence over the government. So most people eat the synthetic plastic meals and tune into the mind-shaping propaganda shown on TV.

However, there are some who, not believing real food’s bad for their health, are prepared to take the risks involved in trying some. These people find themselves in the Earth Club – a secret place where all kinds meet to share home-grown produce and drink bubbly, green liquid made from soil.

Also, controversially, there is a band called The Vegetables. They have albums such as The Giant White Radish and Salad Sadness – the latter’s cover featuring a picture of an eggplant, some broccoli and some asparagus. Surely it’s only a matter of time before they get banned. But in the meantime they remain the music of choice for the Earth Club goers who refuse to listen to the generic pop stars Flavour Behaviour currently top of the Easy Food charts.

So what are you going to do? Tuck into a plate of Easy Food and keep your eyes glued to the telly for the next thought update, or go out into the city looking for the Earth Club, real food and free thoughts? I know what I’m going to do. If you decide the same, I’ll see you there.

This was a glimpse into the world in which Tim Andrewartha’s debut novel Vitality is set. If you are curious to find out more, then click here.

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