Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Review: Days Like This by Alison Stewart

I was extremely excited about this book since A. It's set in Australia, B. It is similar to John Marsden's Tomorrow series [which I love] and C. It was a fantastic YA read, that needs more publicity! The genre of dystopian is rapidly growing, [these have to be some of my favourites] such as The Hunger Games, these books mainly take place in America in the future, which does not seem as real to me but since this book is based in Australia it had a great connection to me and made it seem real.

Days Like This follows Lily, who has not stepped outside of her house since the Wall was built, in Sydney. "The Warming" has stripped the land bare; anyone living outside the priviledged area around Sydney is left in the barren wasteland to perish and is shown no mercy. Life at home has been dreadful for Lily and her twin brother Daniel, only her little sister is shown love from their parents, when Daniel disappears, Lily knows she is also in danger and must escape.

I found Lily very likeable, she loves her family and willingly risks her life to save them.  Lily is strong, stubborn and clumsy, she seems so real and full of courage this of corse made me love her very much, especially for a female character who are constantly show in the media to need a strong male to protect and fight for her, not to be shown as an equal. 

I love how Alison Stewart has used a mixture of characters, made some loveable, others dangerous and many heroic, making the plot thicker with mystery and suspense. The plot was amazing, the mysterious that surrounded this future world made me turn the pages fast with eagerness! Unfortunately the ending was a huge disappointment, it was rushed and ruined the book, I think it could of been made into two books and built on, more of the mysteries solved but overall I thought it was a fantastic book.

She has to escape.
But who else is out there?
And can anyone survive days like this?

I want to go back to the days when life made sense. The days before our parents became strange; before the warming ate away at all the living things in the world; before The Committee and their Blacktroopers. Before the Wall.

Lily is a prisoner in her own home. Forced to stay inside by The Committee and guarded by their increasingly distant parents, Lily and her brother Daniel are beginning to ask why. Then, when Daniel disappears just before his seventeenth birthday, Lily knows she is next. 

I have to caution a warning though, this book deals with harsh facts that lie in this world: pedophilia, as well as murder and brutal killings. This book isn't one where readers swoon over the hunky guys but one filled with intense fear and horror, it is a book for entertainment purposes but I would recommend this book only for people who are comfortable reading these themes in a book of the sole purpose to entertain.

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