Tim Arnot is a new author and has created a believable world. You most certainly don’t need to be a young adult to enjoy it, though the main protagonists are.
This is a post-apocalyptic book with a difference. Most of them concentrate on a devastated world where chaos rules. Tim Arnot has taken a world which collapsed maybe a couple of hundred years ago and people have adapted. He creates a Britain in which electricity and technology are forbidden (except to the Kingsmen – an elite law enforcement agency). Sixteen year old Flick Carter makes flint arrowheads, hunts and helps her dad to run the local inn. Out hunting, she ‘finds’ a young man, Shea, injured after using forbidden technology. Her caring for him puts her in danger; he’s already in it up to his neck! There are those working against the king, to raise a private army. Flick falls foul of these and her life is forfeit.
Tim Arnot has created a believable world here and has fabricated the politics to go with it. I enjoyed the characters, feisty Flick and her younger sister Rosie; the Faringdon Watch and the Kingsmen, in particular, Jessica Dixon. There are evil characters to get your teeth into too; especially the corrupt and bullying mayor and his weak and venal thugs. We learn just enough about the mysterious Shea to want to follow his exploits and there are hints that Jessica is more than she initially seems to be. Flick is a darling! I really look forward to reading more.
In a 23rd Century Britain where oil and electricity are just a distant memory, Kingsmen rule the few remaining people with a rod of iron, exacting the severest penalties for the smallest crimes. Sixteen year old Flick Carter has saved the life of an injured Scav. But it’s not just the Kingsmen who want to get their hands on the boy and his secrets; there are forces far more dangerous who will stop at nothing, not even murder.
Wanted for a murder she did not commit, Flick is forced to flee. In a town of just 150 people, there’s nowhere to hide. So you run. Or you die.
Note for parents: Contains scenes of death and violence, and very occasional swearing.
Can’t wait… 🙂
For some reason I appear to have acquired a full box of 2000 M3 hex nuts. I have no idea why, other than maybe it’s some kind of subliminal message.
Suggestions for what to do with them…?