Winterkill, is the first in a stunning new YA series, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Patrick Ness.
No one leaves the settlement if they want to survive.
Emmeline knows this, but the trees in the woods are whispering to her, pulling her towards the wayward path.
Inside the safety of the wall is a marriage she doesn't want, and a boy she can't have. But outside? The malmaci lies in wait, and the freezing Winterkill is coming . . .
'I ripped through, desperate to know the secrets behind this captivating world . . . Thrilling and touching . . . Emmeline is a character I won't soon forget.' James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner
'A great read.'BookTrust
'I could go on and on about this lyrical and memorable novel.'We Love This Book
Boorman's atmospheric, slow-building debut takes on the communal, can-do myth of the Western frontier. In Emmeline's world, settlers huddle fearfully within their stockade, dreading winter and the predation of the malmaci, a faceless terror that wiped out most humans in the region generations ago. Survival depends on obedience to the ruling Council and the practice of three virtues: Honesty, Bravery, and Discovery. "Waywardness" is punishable by death. That was the fate of Emmeline's grandmother, and Emmeline still bears the stigma. Emmeline has long since learned that her yearning for Discovery puts her in grave danger of disobedience, but she cannot ignore the urgent dreams that whisper "Find us" find the Lost People most believe were destroyed by the malmaci. Boorman's great strength is using qualities common to teenagers inexperience, idealism, restlessness, insecurity to realistically shape Emmeline's behavior. Much of what Emmeline does is well meaning but ill-judged, and her short-term planning brings about consequences she never imagined. Boorman's frontier may be the stuff of myth, but her protagonist speaks directly and powerfully to a young adult experience. Ages 12 up.