By: Brian Conaghan
Location: FIC CON
Genre: Dystopia- bullying and friendship
Is this book a nod toward the Syrian refugee issues, does it say out loud what we might think and some of us do. It this book set in another world and place, but screaming at us today?
Also- here is a question this books asks- is it OK to do bad things to protect people you love? Is it ok to hurt a whole truck load of others so your family can be safe?....
Fourteen-year-old Hamish Law has lived in Little Town, on the border with Old Country, all his life. He knows the rules: no going out after dark; no drinking; no litter; no fighting. You don't want to get on the wrong side of the people who run Little Town. When he meets Pavel Duda, a refugee from Old Country, the rules start to get broken. Then the bombs come, and the soldiers from Old Country, and Little Town changes for ever.
Sometimes, to keep the people you love safe, you have to do bad things. As Little Town's rules crumble, Hamish is sucked into a dangerous game. There's a gun, and a bad man, and his closest friend, and his dearest enemy.
Hamish Law wants to keep everyone happy, even if it kills him. And maybe it will ... But he's got to kill someone else first.