Fleur Beale’s Fierce September

Dystopian societies have featured in a lot of young adult novels lately and an increasing number of these are written by New Zealand authors.  There is Anna Mackenzie’s The Sea-wreck stranger and it’s sequel, Ebony Hill, Mandy Hager’s Blood of the Lamb series, and my favourite, Fleur Beale’s Juno of Taris and the sequel, Fierce September.

Fierce September continues the story of Juno and the other inhabitants of Taris.  The group are rescued from their dying island and are taken to Aotearoa.  The country that was once New Zealand has changed considerably in the time that they have been living on Taris; Christchurch is now home to only a few people as it is too dry to sustain life.  Juno and her people arrive in Wellington and are to stay in a refugee centre while they settle into life Outside.  Life is very different here – they have technology, different clothes and freedom from the controlling society of Taris.  But life on the Outside isn’t so peachy.  There are those that don’t welcome the people of Taris and launch a vicious hate campaign against them and only days after they arrive a pandemic hits the country.

Fierce September is a fantastic sequel and it was great to find out what happened to the people of Taris after they left their home.  Fleur Beale has created interesting characters with complex relationships and you really empathise with them.  One of the interesting extras with this book is the online content that you can also read.  There are two blogs that give different views showing how people in Aotearoa feel about the refugees from Taris.  If you haven’t read Juno of Taris you can always start with Fierce September as there’s a good synopsis of the first book at the front.

One thought on “Fleur Beale’s Fierce September

  1. Helen Lowe 5 October 2010 / 5:38 pm

    Ah, I loved “Juno” and am very much looking forward to reading “Fierce September”.

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