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The year is 2059. Noa Blake is just another normal 15 year old. Except in the Territory normal isn’t normal. The richest children can download information and bypass the need to study. In a flooded world of dwindling resources, Noa and the other ‘Norms’ have their work cut out to compete. And competing is everything – anybody who fails the TAA exam at 15 will be shipped off to the disease-ridden Wetlands, to a life of misery, if not certain death.
But how to focus when your heart is being torn in two directions at once?
Review by Katy Haye:
You might think dystopian, apocalypic futures are getting a bit overdone in YA fiction (and you might be right), but this was fresh and wonderful. Sarah Govett built a convincing post-apocalyptic world and I was hooked from page one (literally – I’d downloaded the sample and I think I abandoned it at page 3 to buy the complete book), and I then raced through it during a long train journey.
Think you’ve experienced exam stress? How about exams when your life literally depends on your results? That’s the premise of The Territory and it was brilliantly executed.
What I especially liked in The Territory was the way I felt I was seeing the start of a totalitarian regime. In many YA dystopias the “oppressive government” is a bit of a cliche – there for no reason other than to be oppressive so the characters have something to rebel against.
By contrast, in The Territory the pressure was real – not enough resources for the population means hard decisions had to be made. I could see that the people in charge making decisions weren’t mwah-ha-ha evil villains, they were just selfish or ignorant or stupid – which is far more chilling.
And we had a brilliant cast of characters struggling to survive in this harsh world. I loved them all (and cried for a couple of them, you’ll know who if you read it…). Noa was wonderful, struggling with real life, school and boys as well as starting to come to terms with the reality of the territory.
This book is exactly why I love YA. It was creative, believable, chilling and very entertaining. There was so much scope to it that I was hoping there’d be more long before I reached the end. I really hope I’m going to have another chance to visit The Territory!
Fabulous five piranhas.
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