In a subterranean society, a young labourer begins to question the system in this invigorating dystopia from debut novelist Liz Hyder. Claustrophobic, oppressive and pulsating with tension, Bearmouth’s character-driven narrative bears comparison with the greatest dark fantasy that YA has to offer.
Life in Bearmouth is one of hard labour, the sunlit world above the mine a distant memory. Reward will come in the next life with the benevolence of the Mayker. New accepts everything - that is, until the mysterious Devlin arrives.
Suddenly, Newt starts to look at Bearmouth with a fresh perspective, questioning the system, and setting in motion a chain of events that could destroy their entire world. In this powerful and brilliantly original debut novel, friendship creates strength, courage is hard-won and hope is the path to freedom.
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
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It's not often that a book stops you in your tracks, but this one did it for me. Unique, claustrophobic, tense, exciting and hopeful - just stunning. I was lucky enough to read an advance copy and have been... More
Question everything. A beautiful story with a powerful message. Although the writing style is awkward to begin with, once you get used to the phonetic spelling of words, you'll be reading into the wee hours of... More
This is definitely quite a unique read.
Good language style, but it takes a while to adjust to it (at least in my case).
Good plot and really loved the characters.
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