Stranded in the desert, the last of mankind is kept safe by a large border fence ... Until the fence falls.
Squid is a young orphan living under the oppressive rule of his uncle in the outskirts of the Territory. Lynn is a headstrong girl with an influential father who has spent her entire life within the walled city of Alice.
When the border fence is breached, the Territory is invaded by the largest horde of undead ghouls seen in two hundred years. Squid is soon conscripted into the Diggers-the armed forces of the Territory. And after Lynn finds herself at odds with the Territory's powerful church, she too escapes to join the Diggers.
Together Squid and Lynn form an unlikely friendship as they march to battle against the ghouls. Their journey will take them further than they ever imagined, leading them closer to discovering secrets about themselves, their world, and a conspiracy that may spell the end of the Territory as they know it.
Dystopian apocalyptic novels are my faves and this one was thoroughly enjoyable. As an Aussie I especially enjoyed the Australian setting, so different from the norm. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
What an amazing world Woolley has created, easy to read hard to put down!! Holding out for the sequel.
Brilliant first novel
Brilliant idea to set a dystopian novel in the Aussie outback! The characters are relatable and I love the themes of oppression and class that run though the book, lifting it to a book that can be enjoyed by both YA lovers and YA/ dystopian/ zombie sceptics. Really excited to start the next in this series. Highly recommend.