Gone begins typically enough for a YA novel – disaffected teen, broken family, one-time hero. But as you read on you realise that things have gone awry in the town where Sam lives. For starters, all the adults have vanished. Not died. Not left. Vanished. And what is the truth behind the break-up of his mother’s second marriage? Gone keeps you guessing and the twists keep coming. There is some violence and the baddies in Gone are just that. Bad to the core. A highly recommended series.
This is a really, really good example of Australian post-apocalyptic speculative fiction. Ashala is an Illegal – a person with special powers. In Ashala’s case, she has the gift of Sleepwalking: being asleep and yet in control of her body. With this story set in the time of the Reckoning, Illegals are shunned by the government, and some escape the towns to live free in the Firstforest. Ashala is a great heroine – strong and fiesty, and yet, as a young person, she is still full of doubt about her abilities and the path that she is taking her Tribe on.
The editing could have been a bit tighter – there are some slow bits that could have been tightened up – but overall The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf is a great read.
Not having read the first two in this series, I was somewhat bamboozled at the beginning, but as I read on it the story became clearer.
Set in the future, when the secret to long life has been discovered in the form of a cancer cure, the Underground is struggling to thwart the big pharmaceutical company, Pincent Pharma, the distributors of Longevity. When a virus mutates and jumps the boundaries of the wonder drug, the battle between Opt Outs and Richard Pincent becomes intense.
A recommended series read for teens.