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Saturday 11 February 2017

Review: The Road to Winter

Ever since the pandemic wiped out a large part of Australia's population and desperation finished off most of the rest, Finn and his dog Rowdy have been alone. They've kept to themselves, surviving off the land for two years but everything changes when an injured girl begs for help.

Marauding Wilders, the one group Finn assiduously avoids, are after her. Without revealing all, Rose convinces Finn she needs his help to find her sister. Apart from murderous bad guys, a hidden inland community that doesn't want to be found and infection, potential enemies are everywhere.

It's easy to see why Mark Smith's dystopian thriller has been compared with John Marsden's Tomorrow When the War BeganI barely came up for breath as the pages flew. So strap yourself in for a high action ride.

The only thing missing for me was the ability to put my hands on the sequel, which is not due out until September this year.

Title: The Road to Winter
Author: Mark Smith
Publisher: Text Publishing, $19.99
Publication Date: 27 June 2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925355123
For ages: 14+
Type: Young Adult