Author(s): Mandy Hager
Winner of the Young Adult Category of the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2010. This book, the first in a stunning trilogy, is set on a fictional Pacific island, approximately three generations after an apocalyptic event (a solar flare) in 2012 threw the world into complete chaos. At that time, a large cruise ship 'Star of the Sea' had just foundered at the entrance to the main lagoon. This cruise ship, and her accompanying crew, forms a temporary sanctuary for the island's inhabitants. Over the intervening years, the descendants of the original ship's captain and officers manipulate Christian texts to implant themselves as 'gods'. With greater resources and reserves than the islanders, this white elite re-builds a society that is predominantly designed to meet its own needs - especially one specialised 'need'Ã�Â�the need for blood. A leukaemia-related disease (attributed to the radiation from the solar flare) has reached epidemic proportions, with few able to escape its grasp. As pharmaceutical intervention is no longer an option, the elite have developed a method of maintaining their strength and prolonging their lives once diagnosed. The trilogy follows the fate of fifteen-year-old Maryam and three other main characters: Joseph, Lazarus and Ruth. It's a fast-paced, suspenseful action story that also features a strong, realistic and dramatic love story. Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction 2010.
Winner of New Zealand Post Children's Book Award: Senior Fiction 2010. Shortlisted for Storylines Notable New Zealand Books: Young Adult Fiction 2010 and Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novel (Young Adult) 2010 and LIANZA Children's Book Awards: Young Adult Fiction Award 2010.
Mandy Hager is a Wellington author and educator. She won the Esther Glen Award for Fiction for her novel Smashed and Best Young Adult Book in the NZ Post Book Awards 2010 for The Crossing. "It was so hard to put down. The trials and tribulations were so encapturing it was as though I was there. I even felt her emotions through the pages. Perfect for teens who want something exciting and explosive to read. It even had a touch of romance for those that it enjoy it like me." Rachel, aged 15