Brandt Legg’s Justar Journals: Life in 2098

Legg's premise of books as a cause of subversive mayhem is not new to us. Could it happen now. Or in 2098?

Third in Brandt Legg’s new series, The Justar Journals

The List Keepers is the third in Brandt Legg’s latest series, the Justar Journals. His thought-provoking writing gets better and better.

It is now 2098 and there is ‘no war, no hunger and no pollution’ as far as most of Earth’s 2.9 billion people are concerned. One government rules the world. There is just one currency and one language. Officially, religion does not exist.

As long as you toe the line, there is plenty for all: jobs, food and pre-packaged entertainment.

Within this setting, Legg’s premise of books as a cause of subversive mayhem is akin to book-burnings such as those by the Nazis in World War II.

It is easy to find more recent examples in our own lives. General brainwashing comes about through conditioning; it happens naturally when people passively accept what they’re told. The multimedia barons and ‘games’ producers have no qualms about manipulating their audience. That’s why ‘real books’ are tacitly banned. Only a few hidden caches of non-digital books are impervious to ‘careful editing’.

Those who step out of line with the authorities are catapulted into a very unpleasant awakening. Spies and alarming weapons keep peace in this much-lauded ‘new world’. Once marked as a subversive, you usually have a short life span but the ‘war games’ happen invisibly for most people.

Those, however, who value real books for their provocative nature sometimes ‘head for the hills’. Depending on skills and mindset, they may begin to mingle with aged survivors from the ‘old world’.

Then there are those in key government positions, trading sophisticated intel for political and financial advantage.  Many of the key characters are complex, with unexpected upsides or downsides.

The sub-plots with which Brandt Legg provokes changes in our perceptions of war and peace, of hunger and satiety, of love, life and death, and the real cost of finding what lies behind old truths, are personified by The List Keepers .

There is a fine understanding of how those who develop a spiritual life can do things that ordinary people believe belongs to magic or sorcery. Not necessarily so. Is it more a matter of individuals learning to build up finer bodies, in parallel to their physical bodies?

The trees are special, too. With patience, and a clear focus, more people could learn the secret of living longer and how to change events with love. But there are many who want to stop Grandyn, son of the ‘last librarian’, from sharing the secret.

Copyright © 2015 by Brandt Legg (

Published in the USA by Laughing Rain

ISBN-13: 978-1-935070-15-3, ISBN-10: 1-935070-15-0