Like every child in Is-Land, all Astra Ordott wants is to have her Security Shot, do her National Service and defend her Gaian homeland from Non-Lander 'infiltrators'. But when one of her Shelter mothers, the formidable Dr Hokma Blesser, tells her the shot will limit her chances of becoming a scientist and offers her an alternative, Astra agrees to her plan.
When the orphaned Lil arrives to share Astra's home, Astra is torn between jealousy and fascination. Lil's father taught her some alarming ideas about Is-Land and the world, but when she pushes Astra too far, the heartache that results goes far beyond the loss of a friend.
If she is to survive, Astra must learn to deal with devastating truths about Is-Land, Non-Land and the secret web of adult relationships that surrounds her.
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- J. Alchemist
Definitely one I wish I'd missed.
What would have made Astra better?
An actual plot. I waited through the whole book for something unexpected to happen and alas it was so predictable it was depressing. There was nothing to actually make the characters likable. Most were whiny many just dull.
Would you ever listen to anything by Naomi Foyle again?
Which character – as performed by Penelope Rawlins – was your favourite?
The Narrator was amazing. I probably would have given up if not for her great portrayal of everyone in the book. I'd say it was her Lil that stood out most.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Nope not at all.
Any additional comments?
The thing that stood put was there was so much use of underage 'sexual play' that didn't add anything to the story. This could have all been edited out and not change the story at all.
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