By: Claire Zorn
Genre: YFG - Science fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: University of Queensland Press
Published: 30 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9780702263132


The sequel to Claire Zorn's acclaimed debut The Sky So Heavy. A heart-stopping dystopian YA set in the Australian bush.

Instinct has kept us alive so far. It's like a compass and I tune in to the needle often - trust/don't trust, run/stay.. I can't read the needle right now. The warmth of the room is clouding my judgment.

In the midst of a nuclear winter, Lucy, Fin and Max flee the chaos of Sydney with blood on their clothes, a gun and handwritten directions to safety. When they reach Wattlewood, it seems like their struggle to survive might be over. There is food, warmth and adults in charge.

So why can't Lucy shake the feeling they're still in danger?

Lucy's survived the apocalypse, but can she escape a more insidious threat?

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This book is the sequel to The Sky So Heavy, which I have not read, and this book certainly stands alone and I had no trouble following along with the story.

Lucy and Fin are the brilliant main characters, displaying courage, moral strength and resourcefulness in the midst of a nuclear winter. After barely managing to flee Sydney, they escape to a farm in the bush. But Lucy is not sure she can trust those in charge…

The story is fast-paced, with twists and turns right throughout. Readers who enjoy dystopian novels will love this book and probably read it in one sitting like I did! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it really hard to put down.

It is perfect for readers in Year 9 and up.

Reviewed by Michelle