Leah Jackson - in detention. Then armed Year 9s burst in, shooting. She escapes, just. But the new Lock Down system for keeping intruders out is now locking everyone in. She takes to the ceilings and air vents with another student, Anton, and manages to use her mobile to call out to the world. First: survive the gang - the so-called 'Eternal Knights'. Second: rescue other kids taken hostage, and one urgently needing medical help. Outside, parents gather, the army want intelligence, television cameras roll, psychologists give opinions, sociologists rationalise, doctors advise - and they all want a piece of Leah. Soon her phone battery is running out; the SAS want her to reconnoitre the hostage area ...But she is guarding a terrifying conviction. Her brother, Connor, is at the centre of this horror. Is he with the Eternal Knights or just a pawn? She remembers. All those times Connor reached out for help ...If she'd listened, voiced her fears about him earlier, would things be different now? Should she give up her brother? With only Anton for company, surviving by wits alone, Leah wrestles with the terrible choices ...
- Hardback | 320 pages
- 142 x 224 x 28mm | 440g
- 07 Mar 2013
- Hachette Children's Group
- Hodder Children's Books
- London, United Kingdom
A stark, powerful and dark story full of political undertones. Coventry Telegraph Deals with the subject in a very delicate way without holding too many punches. School Librarian A fast-paced, tense and shocking read... tremendously affecting. Bookbag This is a searingly exciting book... utterly memorable. * * * * * Books For Keeps A chilling political satire. Sydney Morning Herald It's exciting, violent and, although aimed at young adult readers. Siege is clearly a warning of how disaffection plays out in an unequal world. Australian Women's Weekly 'Siege does what dystopian fiction does best - extrapolate dark consequences from problems we might neglect in the present. Mussi's message cuts through the violence and suspense, leaving us with much more than cheap generic thrills.' Adelaide Review 'an exciting and thought-provoking read for our times.' We Love This Book Moving and hopeful. An important book that will keep you thinking long after you've turned the last page. Chicklish
About Sarah Mussi
Sarah Mussi is an English woman who lived in Ghana for many years. She now lives in London and works as a secondary school teacher. Door of No Return won the Glen Dimplex New Writer's award for children's literature in 2007 was shortlisted for the Branford Boase.
Our customer reviews
Wow! What an explosive book this was. Within the first few pages I was gripped. Great concept for a book and one hell of a ride from start to finish. It's horrific and emotional. There is so much tension in this book, I did have to take a few breaks from it, I don't think my nerves would have coped. The main character Leah dodges so many bad situations that you wonder if she indeed possesses super human powers, but then again the will to survive can just give you that extra bit of strength. I did feel quite exhausted after I finished this book, my mind is still digesting all the story. There is definitely the feel of big brother in this one and you could liken it to the novel 1984, but obviously it is set in the future and the location is in a high school. Well I say high school it feels more like a prison with places being put on lock down, including the toilets. I liken this book to bungee jumping the adrenaline kicks in and you feel like you're on a rush. I do think this will be one of my top books of the year. So if you haven't got a copy then I urge you to get one!! And get one now!! Overall: I would highly recommend this book, it was edgy and original and had me gripped from start to finish. My Thoughts on the Cover: I just love this colourful cover, it's certainly an eye catcher. I think the bullet hole in the front is genius. **Many thanks to the Publisher for the review copy**show moreby Jennifer Juckes