Thirsty Animals (Paperback)
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Thirsty Animals (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages
Published: 09/11/2023
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'Original, timely, terrifying' CHRIS WHITAKER

'Brilliant, profoundly unsettling' DAILY MAIL

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WATER RUNS OUT?

THE WORLD IS RUNNING OUT OF WATER.

With supply in the cities drying up, Aida is forced back home to live with her mum at their rural Scottish farm. The border is closed. Tensions are close to breaking point. For now, Aida and her mother have just enough to get by.

But then suspicious strangers arrive asking for help, Aida and her family face a terrible decision. How much water can they afford to share?

AND THEN THE TAPS ARE TURNED OFF.

Can they survive long enough for the rain to come?

Completely compelling, devastating and thought-provoking, Thirsty Animals takes us on a captivating journey of survival and self-discovery.

'Beautifully written, vivid and unflinching, it confirms Atalla as a real talent' DOUG JOHNSTONE

'A master of slow-burning tension and unease . . . The pace of the story builds to an unputdownable conclusion, and the characters will stay with the reader for a long time' CAILEAN STEED

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529342185
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 258 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Thirsty Animals is a hard-hitting speculative thriller, equal parts terrifying and compassionate. Beautifully written, vivid and unflinching, it confirms Atalla as a real talent - Doug Johnstone

Original, timely, terrifying. Thirsty Animals takes a brutal yet deeply heartfelt look at survival, and kindness, and just how difficult it can be for the two to coexist at the extremes - Chris Whitaker

Rachelle Atalla's second novel has shown her once again to be a master of slow-burning tension and unease. Thirsty Animals is terrifyingly believable, and functions both as a warning against overconsumption and division, while also providing a hopeful message about the redemptive possibilities of community. The pace of the story builds to an unputdownable conclusion, and the characters will stay with the reader for a long time - Cailean Steed

this is one seriously brilliant and thought-provoking read - Heat

This brilliant, profoundly unsettling second novel will secure Atalla's place as an extraordinary writer, and a poet of controlled bleakness - Daily Mail

Atalla knows how to ramp up tension expertly, and Thirsty Animals comes to a dramatic, unexpected but satisfying conclusion - Big Issue

Compelling, unsettling and emotive, this is an exciting story of survival and self-discovery - Candis

A disturbing and compelling book - SFX

A prophetic book, offering the reader both a deeply unsettling glimpse into our possible future and a comforting reminder of how resilient humans can be. I was utterly captivated by the story, especially Atalla's characters who are richly drawn and incredibly relatable. Atalla has an uncanny knack of both revealing the best and the worst of humanity. She's quickly establishing herself as a writer for these unsettling times - Jan Carson

Thirsty Animals is one of those perfect reads. Compulsive and profound in equal measure, it is both page-turning thriller and philosophical disquisition on what it means to be human rolled into one. A dystopian triumph that confirms Atalla as a major talent, this chilling and believable second novel is horrifyingly brilliant in the best possible way - Mary Paulson-Ellis

Atalla writes with humanity and with such pace that at times, you find yourself gasping for breath. Even if you think apocalyptic fiction is not your bag, you might be surprised by Thirsty Animals. I was. - The Herald

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“Excellent”

Atmospheric and all too real.

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“Thought Provoking”

This book was disturbing as it felt like it could really happen with the climate crisis. Great characters and the relationships were beautiful. Highly recommended.

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“Memorable”

Thirsty Animals' is a largely uncompromising story that I don't think I'll soon forget.

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