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Lily Herne (@Hearne13) divides her time between Cape Town and Norwich, UK, and can sometimes be found in both places at once. Her interests include chainsaws, Steampunk and cake. The second book in the Deadlands trilogy, Death of a Saint, is published in October 2013.
Follow up to the gritty and sharply written dystopian debut Deadlands. Great teen fiction with lots of crossover appeal. Lele, Ginger, Ash and Saint - aka the Mall Rats - are hiding out in the Deadlands, a once-prosperous area of Cape Town, now swarming with the living dead. Exiled from the city enclave for crimes against the Resurrectionist State, the Rats face a stark choice: return and risk capture - or leave Cape Town and go in search of other survivors.
Yes there are zombies in this book, but don’t be put off as you will miss a gritty, sharply written, even at times funny, dystopian novel. An unspecified apocalypse leaves Capetown a wasteland of zombies and cowering humans protected by ‘The Guardians’ whose protection comes at a human cost. Great teen fiction that will be loved by fans of The Hunger Games and it knocks Twilight into a ‘zombie’ cocked hat. First in a series with Death of a Saint out in late 2013. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Deadlands a small number of readers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'A must read for fans of tales like Hunger Games. It does not disappoint...I REALLY enjoyed this book.' Scroll down to read more reviews...
Struggling to cope with their physical and mental scars, the remaining Mall Rats limp back home to Cape Town. They think they have the answer to all the enclave's problems. They think they're going to get a hero's welcome. But things have changed since they've been gone. And not for the better...Meanwhile, the Army of the Left is preparing to wipe out the dead once and for all. Its leaders think they've come up with a faultless plan. They think they have a secret weapon that will set the city free once and for all. They're wrong.
One of us is dead. One of us is broken. One of us will betray the others. And one of us will have to sell her soul to survive . . . It's been eleven years since South Africa was ravaged by the walking dead. Johannesburg's impoverished survivors are ruled over by a minority of rich self-serving bureaucrats. As the remaining Mall Rats confront the dark heart of the twisted political system - in another part of town, Tommy dreams of joining the Army of the Left, a radical organisation intent on fighting for freedom. While Ash is forced to face his traumatic past, and Ginger struggles to regain his sanity; Lele goes head to head against a powerful foe, and Saint is dead set on a mission of her own: a fight for survival. Welcome back to the Deadlands . . .