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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