Synopsis: The sea rose. Civilisation was wiped out, countries drowned. Out of the ashes of a desperate refugee camp, a new society was born, with a new place to call home: Land. Trapped by an aggressive sea, its citizens were bound to rules that saw the weak removed, marriage and children by approval only, and designated work for all. All for the greater good……
Decades later, and seventeen year-old Christy’s life is on the cusp of irrevocable change. She has become eligible for the Pairing, a carefully selected marriage of political and social convenience where romance is out of the question. Her grandmother, Cons, has also reached a significant age – sixty-six: soon the Selection Truck will arrive to take her away forever.
Christy’s only hope for protection lies with her missing rebel father…..but nothing goes as it’s supposed to. As Christy finds a Pair who might offer a new opportunity for love and security she also uncovers a destiny that has been hidden from her; truths that have been disguised as childhood lies. With Cons’ life under threat, Christy is forced to face a whole new world, one where she must choose between those she cares about and the greater good….a new life where she must play the reluctant rebel, the revolutionary, the lover…..the assassin.
200words (or less) review: Where do I start? Land completely surpassed all expectations. Those ‘blown-away’ books I hear about, Land was that for me.
Much of Land sounds familiar in this genre; there is a class system based of the work you do. One class rules the others, Christy lives with her grandmother in the poor sector and her grandmother is about to be sent for selection. Trust me I was thinking ‘here’s another one’ but Land is SO MUCH MORE and SO GOOD. (Yep the CAPS are out – I’m making a point here.)
Alex Campbell’s debut is amazing. The characters, the intrigue, the world-building, the story, the way nothing really does go the way you think it will and the emotions you go through with Christy.
Land is my unexpected gem of the year. Read it, you won’t be disappointed.