Carnegie Nominations 2016

Land by Alex Campbell

Land is the extraordinary tale of a girl named Christy and her fight to survive in a bleak and divided landscape.  When the water rose and destroyed most of the world, civilisation continued in ‘Land’; a dystopian community separated by social status, and ruthlessly governed.

Abiding by Land’s strict rules, seventeen-year old Christy faces a barricade of changes to her life.  She is forced to be “Paired” and continue life with whom Land’s disreputable Leader considers her match for life, and in doing so must leave behind life with her beloved grandmother.

Amidst her struggle with being brutally ripped from life as she knows it, Christy must also accept a challenge from the elusive One; a mysterious gentleman who appears to know more about Christy’s life and apparent destiny than she could ever imagine.

Campbell’s brilliant story unfolds in a way that allows us to really empathise with Christy, as she pursues the unimaginable mission that is thrust upon her.  Her struggles along the way are a realistic insight into the life of an ordinary teenager immersed in an extraordinary life.  Given its enthralling concept, I would recommend this novel to fans of Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, as well as James Dashner’s Maze Runner series.  With its ability to evoke a wide range of feelings, Land serves as an intriguing and thought-provoking addition to today’s ever-growing collection of Young Adult dystopian fiction.

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