Subtitle: The Towers, #1
By: Mette Jakobsen
Genre: YFCB - Thrillers (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Harper Collins Publishers
Published: 6 Jul 2022
ISBN: 9781460762080


With the intensity of The Handmaid's Tale, the drama of Divergent and the political intrigue of The Darkest Minds series, this is a captivating, fast-paced thriller set in a dystopian world not so different from our own.

Sixteen-year-old Ally is one of 400 homeless young people who have been promised new and better lives in exchange for their votes.

The once homeless children and teenagers are now warm and fed. But they are forced to work for the new administration - and their new home is really a prison.

When Ally's boyfriend Bon vanishes into thin air, her search for him leads her to discovering that the homeless kids are really lab rats intended for scientific testing. And as Ally delves deeper into her search for Bon, she learns the frightening truth behind his disappearance.

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Set in a dystopian world where homeless children have been fed and clothed in exchange for a vote for the new government - only to find themselves forced into work.

Seen through the eyes of Ally, who must work in the laundry - a brutal place and not at all what she was expecting. But despite their situation, Ally, her boyfriend Bon, and their friends continue to hope that things will change for the better.

But slowly the truth of the government’s intentions comes to light. As they realise they are merely lab rats, they must do something to force things to change.

Fast-paced, gruesome, scary and intense, it is an incredible and not to be put down story.

With themes of surviving in a harsh world, friendship, teamwork, brutality and hope, Book 1 of this series sets up the reader to eagerly await the next instalment.

The themes make it best suited readers aged 14 and above.

Reviewed by Rob