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Dystopian YA with Australian heart.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-2017

This story focuses on two characters who dream of being something they're not. Lynn wants to be a solider but she is not allowed to because she is a girl, and Squid wants to go to school and have the courage to face the world outside of the dirt farm upon which he lives. Set in the desert heart of Australia, this story examines war, politics, religion, and teenage isolation, amid a world overrun with ghouls. Despite this, it's not overly dark or depressing. The characters are well-rounded, the world-building great, and the evolving story is intriguing as characters scheme and lives hang in the balance. An exciting start to this series!

A Great Debut!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-2017

This is a well thought out political thriller that keeps you turning the page. Following an array of characters on all sides of the moral fence, there's plenty of action and thrills to propel the story along, nicely balanced with moments of intrigue and character examination. I think that's what I like best about this book - the antagonists have their reasons for doing what they do, they aren't just 'bad guy' cardboard cut-outs. And the 'lead' Jack Emery isn't made out to be something he's not. He's a reporter whose skills lay in his investigation and writing - he doesn't suddenly turn into an action superhero - and I like that. Most of all, this book makes the reader reflect on their real world and start to question just how close to reality this story actually is - which is a little terrifying! The Foundation had great narration too!

Five stars

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-10-2016

A great read. In line with the film, as excellent as expected. Intro by Thomas Harris quite interesting.