Reading Marathon Reviews reviews Days Like This

This review is from Kate at Reading Marathon Reviews

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Review: Days Like This by Alison Stewart

I was extremely excited about this book since A. It’s set in Australia, B. It is similar to John Marsden’s Tomorrow series [which I love] and C. It was a fantastic YA read, that needs more publicity! The genre of dystopian is rapidly growing, [these have to be some of my favourites] such as The Hunger Games, these books mainly take place in America in the future, which does not seem as real to me but since this book is based in Australia it had a great connection to me and made it seem real.

Days Like This follows Lily, who has not stepped outside of her house since the Wall was built, in Sydney. “The Warming” has stripped the land bare; anyone living outside the priviledged area around Sydney is left in the barren wasteland to perish and is shown no mercy. Life at home has been dreadful for Lily and her twin brother Daniel, only her little sister is shown love from their parents, when Daniel disappears, Lily knows she is also in danger and must escape.

I found Lily very likeable, she loves her family and willingly risks her life to save them.  Lily is strong, stubborn and clumsy, she seems so real and full of courage she was able to make me admire her. 

I love how Alison Stewart has used a mixture of characters, made some loveable, others dangerous and many heroic, making the plot thicker with mystery and suspense. The plot was amazing, the mysterious that surrounded this future world made me turn the pages fast with eagerness! Unfortunately the ending was a huge disappointment, it was rushed and ruined the book, I think it could of been made into two books and built on, more of the mysteries solved but overall I thought it was a fantastic book.


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 Her latest project, Cold Stone Soup, an unpublished memoir about growing up under apartheid and migrating to Australia has won the FAW 2013 National Literary Awards (Jim Hamilton Award for a non-fiction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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