SpineOut : December-January 2019
pine Out Grace, Age 14 St Ursula’s College Kingsgrove NSW FEBRUARY / MARCH 2018 The Survival Game Nicky Singer Hachette The Survival Game is a harrowing look into a dark and bleak future, a future that is entirely possible, even plausible. Set in a world where climate change has drastically changed the landscape of Earth, our hero, Mhairi, must brave the hot deserts of Sudan and the claustrophobic border prisons in order to get to her homeland of Scotland. Throughout the story, there are many incidents that ask Mhairi just how much she is willing to sacrifice for survival. At times the characters can feel bland, making what could have been the next bestseller into a book that is good, but just not brilliant. The Survival Game is a tense and gripping tale that falls just short of expectations. I rate this book three and a half stars. SBOOK REVIEWS pine Out DECEMBER/JANUARY 2018-19 Daniel, Year 9 Cedars Christian College Wollongong NSW Killer T Robert Muchamore Hot Key Books This novel is an amazing ‘what if’ story, combining dystopian, coming-of-age and sci-fi genres. Killer T is about a boy, Harry, who investigates a bombing at his school, and Charlie, a girl who was involved in the bombing. There are six parts, and each one is set in the near future from the previous, from four months to two years. The story progresses from a bombing, to a virus, to fighting amongst the people, becoming increasingly larger-scale and more intense with each part. The book also had a romantic aspect (which thankfully didn’t overwhelm), with Charlie meeting someone special and Harry having a crush on Charlie, even when she was incarcerated. I loved that the characters weren’t always described as attractive – for example, the deuteragonist was female but still referred to as having a broad frame – something that is characteristically unfeminine. This did not get in the way of the characters, and their defining features were mentioned as being clever or cunning. Killer T is a unique and intelligent coming-of-age dystopian novel that illustrates the very real dangers of (especially scientifically modified) viral infections, and an abundance of power. It provides a good perspective of a very real possibility of what could happen, and makes readers aware of the need to prevent such a scenario. Rating: This is a clever book, and I give it a 9 out of 10. Good for personal reading and literary analysis.
October - November 2018