By: David Metzenthen
Published by: Penguin Australia
Published: February 2014
ISBN: 9780143568421


From best-selling and award-winning author David Metzenthen comes a powerful new novel.

Better in here, they think. Safe and sound. No shocks and no surprises. Twenty-one degrees Celsius all year round.
But outside Sky Point Mall, no one is safe.

Ryan Lanyon lives in a tough suburb. His brother's a bouncer. His best mate owns weapons. Ariel works in a surf shop and has never seen the sea. And the year that lies ahead is a minefield for them all.

A novel of confrontation, loyalty and love from David Metzenthen, the award-winning and bestselling author of Jarvis 24, Boys of Blood and Bone and Black Water.


David Metzenthen is at his finest as he weaves this finely crafted coming of age novel.

Ryan lives in the western suburbs where things can be pretty tough. But his resilient nature allows him to deal with adversity like:

- an older brother risking life and limb as a bouncer
- a psychotic extremely violent school bully
- a quiet best friend who thinks that they should be on the front foot and not wait to be victims
- a wonderful ex-country girl whose family, or what's left of it, have suffered much, seeing her living in a derelict house down the road, caring for her half-sister and mixed up step-mother.

But then there is love and hope, and this book is filled with examples and people who accept their lot and try to make the world a better place.

A great read for those 15+.

This book was included in our February 2014 Secondary Standing Order selection.

Reviewed by Rob