Author(s): Mandy Hager
The gripping sequel to the prize-winning thriller The Nature of Ash.
Ash McCarthy thought he had done enough by broadcasting his story to the world, exposing the corruption and lies of Prime Minister Chandler and his cronies. With his small band of friends and family on a remote campsite in the backcountry, he awaits the international community to answer his call for action. But the public response is not what he had hoped for and the fallout from his revelations will lead him and his companions into even more danger. Can Ash withstand the new challenges that confront him? And what of Mikey - can he survive in this increasingly merciless world?
Chilling and page-turning, this compelling novel crackles with political intrigue, fast-paced action, unexpected twists and lots of heart.
Ruth's review: Ash McCarthy thought that by exposing the corruption of the government and its allies the international community would answer his call for intervention. But the prime minister and police commissioner still manage to manipulate the media and arrest Ash on trumped-up charges in an attempt to shut him down. Torture and a dramatic rescue follow, but now Ash and his friends have to work out who they can trust before they make their next move. Ash Arising is set just after the events of its prequel, The Nature of Ash, which won the LIANZA Young Adult Fiction Award 2013. Ash’s desire to reveal the truth behind the murder of his trade union leader father is tempered by his reluctance to expose his family and friends to more danger. He eventually realises that he must act and his call for peaceful protests starts to snowball. Yay for the positive side of social media and people power! Ash is an admirable young man with a strong social conscience and a selfless desire to protect his Downs syndrome brother Mikey and their elderly grandmother. His voice is exactly right and you ache for him to succeed. But Mikey, with his cheeky yet lovable nature, steals many of the scenes and provides some humorous moments in this pacy thriller. Hager’s compelling story of a corrupt government, manipulated by super-powers, resonates with what is happening today in places like Syria, and shows just how easy it is for a democratic nation to fall into anarchy. A new edition of The Nature of Ash, with a matching cover, is also available ($20 PB).
Finalist in the 2019 NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults - Young Adult Fiction Award
'Political, economic and ecological issues sizzle in the action, dialogue and reactions of the characters . . . a novel very hard to forget.'- NZ Books on The Nature of Ash