Released: 7th March 2013
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Source: From Publisher for review purposes
Author Site: Sarah Mussi
Leah Jackson - in detention. Then armed Year 9s burst in, shooting. She escapes, just. But the new Lock Down system for keeping intruders out is now locking everyone in. She takes to the ceilings and air vents with another student, Anton, and manages to use her mobile to call out to the world.
First: survive the gang - the so-called 'Eternal Knights'.
Second: rescue other kids taken hostage, and one urgently needing medical help.
Outside, parents gather, the army want intelligence, television cameras roll, psychologists give opinions, sociologists rationalize, doctors advise - and they all want a piece of Leah. Soon her phone battery is running out; the SAS want her to reconnoiter the hostage area ... But she is guarding a terrifying conviction. Her brother, Connor, is at the center of this horror. Is he with the Eternal Knights or just a pawn?
She remembers. All those times Connor reached out for help ... If she'd listened, voiced her fears about him earlier, would things be different now? Should she give up her brother?
With only Anton for company, surviving by wits alone, Leah wrestles with the terrible choices ..
Wow! What an explosive book this was. Within the first few pages I was gripped. Great concept for a book and one hell of a ride from start to finish. It's horrific and emotional.
There is so much tension in this book, I did have to take a few breaks from it, I don't think my nerves would have coped. The main character Leah dodges so many bad situations that you wonder if she indeed possesses super human powers, but then again the will to survive can just give you that extra bit of strength. I did feel quite exhausted after I finished this book, my mind is still digesting all the story.
There is definitely the feel of big brother in this one and you could liken it to the novel 1984, but obviously it is set in the future and the location is in a high school. Well I say high school it feels more like a prison with places being put on lock down, including the toilets.
I liken this book to bungee jumping the adrenaline kicks in and you feel like you're on a rush. I do think this will be one of my top books of the year. So if you haven't got a copy then I urge you to get one!! And get one now!!
I would highly recommend this book, it was edgy and original and had me gripped from start to finish.
My Thoughts on the Cover:
I just love this colourful cover, it's certainly an eye catcher. I think the bullet hole in the front is genius.
**Many thanks to the Publisher for the review copy**