Days Like This “Reading Time” Review

Here’s Chloe Mauger’s review of Days Like This in the November 1, 2011 issue of Reading Time (the quarterly journal published by the Children’s Book Council of Australia): 

“Set in a dystopian future after global warming has led to the surviving wealthy families of Sydney being ‘safe’ enclosed behind a huge wall, while outcasts beyond the wall are presumably long dead. Lily, twin brother Daniel and younger sister Alice live a rigidly proscribed life with their strangely cold and aloof parents, never allowed to leave the house and forced to take strictly monitored medication during the weekly visit of the fearsome Blacktroopers. When Daniel, suffering from disabling migraines, suddenly disappears one night, Lily knows she must somehow escape before something terrible happens to her, too.

“This riveting, strong, fast-paced novel is set in a night-marish world where it is extremely dangerous to be young. The inventive plot is peopled by interesting characters who face environmental, physical, and psychological challenges in a very unsafe and unpredictable world. As well as being an un-put-downable read, this novel belongs with other thought-provoking dystopian novels such as Orwell’s 1984, Huxley’s Brave New World
or more recently, Gillian Rubinstein’s Terrafarma and so on, raising many philosophical and moral questions for discussion by secondary readers. Recommended.”

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About alisonstewartwriter

Alison is a writer, journalist and travel writer, born in South Africa, now living in Australia. She has had nine books published - two books for adults and seven for young people. Four of them have been translated into Italian, Danish, Dutch and Thai. Her latest project, Cold Stone Soup, an unpublished memoir about growing up under apartheid and migrating to Australia has won the FAW 2013 National Literary Awards (Jim Hamilton Award for a non-fiction manuscript). Cold Stone Soup was also runner-up in the 2010 Penguin/Varuna Scholarship. Her first book for adults, Born Into the Country (Justified Press 1988, South Africa) was shortlisted for the 1987 AA Mutual Life Vita Young Writers’ Award. Heinemann Australia published her next adult novel, Bitterbloom in 1991. Her YA novel, The Wishing Moon was shortlisted for the 1995 Australian Multicultural Children’s Award and was a 1995 Children’s Book Council Notable book. Her YA dystopia, Days Like This, published by Penguin Australia was a finalist in the inaugural 2010 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the YA category. Alison worked for years as a news and feature journalist. She is now a regular travel writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age and online Fairfax Media publications.
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3 Responses to Days Like This “Reading Time” Review

  1. Ann Roebeck says:

    Absolutely fabulous novel. Up there with the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Worldshaker series. Very unputadownable.


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