We all know by now that Jonsberg writes well. But what he also does well is write across age groups and genres. His foray into dystopian fiction is a great addition to the growing Australian collection. Not that it feels all that Australian to be honest.
What is does feel though, is controlled and tense. Pandora is our view into this new world. But she recognises that her memories and her understanding aren’t necessarily reliable. She is curious by nature and suspicious by experience, and the reader learns more about The School and the rules as she does.
It’s best to read this novel without prior knowledge and go along for the ride. It’s a turbulent one and the ending is explosive. Fortunately number two is out later this year. I spoke to the man himself at the cbca conference, and he was reluctant to share any spoilers.
So if you are looking for an exciting narrative, full of mystery and suspense, as well as great writing and well developed characters, this could be the one for you.