Both these books are sequels – because I hadn’t read The Sea-Wreak Stranger, I tried it first before reading Ebony Hill – back to back on a rainy Sunday. They are those kind of books – the ones that you can’t put down and merely grunt at your partner when he presents you with a cup of tea.
Fierce September the sequel to Juno of Taris – a finalist in the 2009 awards. I read it a while back and is another great book. I will find it hard to choose between it and Ebony Hill.
Both books are set in a near future where (mis)use of technology has caused planetary-wide devastation and the feisty non-conforming heroines escape from a small island run by corrupt rulers. In both books they find an outside world also suffering from problems and corruption.
Last year The Crossing (where a feisty young heroine in near-future dystopia escapes from a Pacific island) won the award. The sequel, Into The Wilderness, has not been nominated, but the finale – Resurrection is already in the library. This is a far darker trilogy – the horrors of the island are more extreme – but in my opinion an even better read than this year’s nominees.
So far I am going to be at a loss to make a choice, but there are three more nominated titles to read:
- Guardian of the Dead – Karen Healey’s novel, set in Christchurch and Napier
- The Limping Man
- Smiling Jack
The awards ceremony is on the 18 May and children can vote for their own favourite, the Children’s Choice Award.
P.S. Another book with this theme – Exodus – is not a NZ title but possibly my favourite of all.