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Fella and Grebe have grown up on an island, believing that the world beyond its shores is toxic and that the islanders are the lucky survivors of a cataclysmic disaster. And then Fella, an orphan, discovers a diary, hidden fifteen years ago by his mother - a woman who seemingly came from the Outside, from a world not run by the Officiate. This revelation seems incredible, but it gives the two friends hope that they can escape the brutality of their lives. Yet when, after a gripping chase, they manage to get off the island, what they discover is a shock. Not only is the Outside alien and frightening, it forces them to understand the appalling truth about where they have come from, and why they were there. An up-to-the-minute thriller about what makes us who we more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 26mm | 258.55g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192728431
  • 9780192728432
  • 612,127

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[Of Unique]: 'genuinely enthralling The Guardian Allen-Gray writes in an easy, readable style, raises stimulating questions, and offers a plot that keeps you guessing throughout. Financial Times This excellent novel is several things at once ... its pace, tension and ever-present danger are worthy of a latter-day John Buchan ... (the) story makes a terrific book - exciting, heartening, intelligent, and all too topical. Peter Hollindale A novel with frightening possibilities for its adolescent readers (who face a future where these issues must be solved), and one that should be required reading for the adults who currently make the decisions. Booktrusted Newsshow more

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61 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 39% (24)
4 23% (14)
3 26% (16)
2 10% (6)
1 2% (1)
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