Previously reviewed by same author:
Synopsis: Leah Jackson – in detention. Then armed Year 9s burst in, shooting. She escapes, just. But the new Lock Down system for keeping intruders out is now locking everyone in. She takes to the ceilings and air vents with another student, Anton, and manages to use her mobile to call out to the world.
First: survive the gang – the so-called ‘Eternal Knights’.
Second: rescue other kids taken hostage, and one urgently needing medical help.
Outside, parents gather, the army want intelligence, television cameras roll, psychologists give opinions, sociologists rationalize, doctors advise – and they all want a piece of Leah. Soon her phone battery is running out; the SAS want her to reconnoiter the hostage area … But she is guarding a terrifying conviction. Her brother, Connor, is at the center of this horror. Is he with the Eternal Knights or just a pawn?
She remembers. All those times Connor reached out for help … If she’d listened, voiced her fears about him earlier, would things be different now? Should she give up her brother?
With only Anton for company, surviving by wits alone, Leah wrestles with the terrible choices ..
200words review: Small tip, when you start reading this book do it with enough time to finish in one sitting – because it is impossible to put down.
Siege is a book that left me feeling like my emotions had been put through a cheese-grater. I was raw, I was drained, I was bereft. Given the subject I wasn’t exactly expecting rainbows but truth be told I didn’t anticipate being such an emotional wreck at the end of Siege. One of the reasons is the fact that Leah’s future is too plausible. That thought terrifies me.
I can only compliment the storytelling and development of Leah’s character. She’s scared, confused and falters. In a way I imagine it would be easier to write a story like this with a protagonist that plays hero from the start. Leah is amazing because she is so heroic without knowing it.
From the first chapter my emotions were running high and I never lost that feeling, if anything the more I read the more those feelings grew. The ending is amazing.
Sarah Mussi, all I can say is “wow!”