AUTHOR: LILI WILKINSON • GENRE: YA THRILLER • PAGES: 352 • RRP: $19.99 • RELEASE DATE: 25 July 2018 • PUBLISHER: ALLEN & UNWIN
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Seventeen-year-old Pru Palmer lives with her twin sisters, Grace and Blythe, and their father, Rick, on the outskirts of an isolated mining community. The Palmers are doomsday preppers. They have a bunker filled with non-perishable food and a year’s worth of water.
One day while Rick is at the mine, the power goes out. At the Palmers’ house, and in the town. All communication is cut. No one knows why.
It doesn’t take long for everything to unravel. In town, supplies run out and people get desperate. The sisters decide to keep their bunker a secret. The world is different; the rules are different. Survival is everything, and family comes first.
I feel like I have been searching for a book like this since I read John Marsdens Tomorrow Series and I am so pleased I have finally found it. Lili captures the essence of rural Australia and uses it perfectly as the backdrop of this doomsday tale.
The characters are so well constructed. You hate the ones you are meant to hate and love the ones you are meant to love. The whole premise of this book with a catastrophic event and the inner conflict of Pru with how to deal with it is just spectacular. I felt that despite the sometimes very technical topics the teens were discussing the language was truly that of a teenager, not an adult, making the dialogue aspects some of the best I have read.
This book is filled with so much adventure and intrigue. I think that this is a prime example of quality Australian young adult literature and I honestly cannot fault it. Thrilling perfection that everyone should read.
Overall Rating: ☕☕☕☕☕ 5/5 teacups!
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Happy reading x