Sophie McKenzie’s new YA thriller, Split Second, explores a social and economic landscape where deprivation, uncertainty and fear drive a resurgence in extremist politics.
Here she is interviewed by the ReadingZone website:
Q: Why did you decide to turn to politics for your new thriller?
A: I saw two TV documentaries. One was about the economic situation today in parts of the Eurozone. It looked at the rise of extremist political parties in times of economic hardship and showed how such parties often gather support by, among many other things, offering free food handouts. The other documentary was an exploration of Hitler’s rise to power, with a focus on his personal appeal to millions of ordinary people.
I wanted to write about what can happen when austerity gets really tough and citizens lose faith in established governments. My aim was that everything in Split Second should have really happened – or be happening – somewhere in the real world.