The Survival Game (Paperback)
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Published: 26/07/2018
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In a world full of checkpoints and controls, can love and hope defy the borders? A searing, timely story, as arresting as it is beautiful.

Mhairi Anne Bain owns only two things: a gun with no bullets and her identity papers.

The world is a shell of what it once was. Now, you must prove yourself worthy of existence at every turn, at every border checkpoint. And if you are going to survive, your instincts will become your most valuable weapon.

Mhairi has learnt the importance of living her own story, of speaking to no one. But then she meets a young boy with no voice at all, and finds herself risking everything to take him to safety.

And so Mhairi and the silent boy travel the road north. But there are rumours that things in Scotland have changed since she has been away. What Mhairi finds there is shocking and heart-breaking, but might finally re-connect her to her sense of self and to the possibility of love.

An extraordinary story about survival and what it costs, about the power of small kindnesses to change everything

Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
ISBN: 9781444944525
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 258 g
Dimensions: 194 x 128 x 26 mm


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gripping near-future story - Suzi Feay, The Financial Times

Set in an another bleak, all-too-imaginable near future, Nicky Singer's The Survival Game (Hodder) follows 14-year-old Mhairi as she returns to her birthplace on the Isle of Arran, with an empty gun, her identity papers and a mute five-year-old in tow. In a world of hard borders, coldly allocated resources, truncated lifespans and judicial murder, traumatic loss has already robbed Mhairi of much of her humanity - has she enough left to keep her soul alive? Singer's bitter, demanding book is shot through with piercingly bright, unforgettable images. - The Guardian

Nicky Singer pulls no punches in this hard, harrowing, skillful story, which shows how thin the facade of civilization is and how easy it is to brutalize not only a person but an entire society. There is hope - at its heart, Mhairi's tale is that of a human being, desensitized by necessity, learning to connect once more. - Armadillo magazine

Teenage readers will find much to savour in Nicky Singer's Survival Game (Hachette) Set in a not-so-distant future, the heroine's troubles and dangerous journey is strangely relevant. With lyrical prose and a political heartbeat, this is essential reading for fans of dystopian literature - Ham & High Newspaper

A particularly pertinent read. Singer's provocative book poses big ethical questions and has an endling likely to polarise readers - The Guardian

'A powerful story. It's searingly beautiful but both terrifying and deeply sad. Nicky Singer writes with lyricism...But The Survival Game isn't just beautifully written...it's raw and energetic, lyrical and beautiful, intense and passionate. It also asks important questions and requires the reader to interrogate her or himself...It's an absolute tour de force.' - The Book Bag

A wonderful, surprisingly delicate story about a teenager making her way home to Scotland in a world remade by climate change (aimed at YA readers but, like all good children's books, good for adults too) - Lucy Mangan, i Weekend

A haunting novel, beautifully written that will stay with you long after the last page - WRD Magazine

extraordinary novel - The Letterpress Project

Recent news about the treatment of refugee children makes this a particularly pertinent read. Singer's gripping and provocative book poses big ethical questions, and has an ending likely to polarise readers. - Fiona Noble, The Observer

In this gripping near-future story, Nicky Singer tackles two urgent contemporary issues - global warming and mass migration. Desperate people are moving north, and Scotland is the new destination of dreams. Resilient 14-year-old Mhairi Bain is on her way to the Isle of Arran where her grandmother lives. Travelling alone, she has witnessed horrors that include the deaths of both parents. Tough but not heartless, she has taken pity on a mute African boy on the way.The chapters are short and tense, written in a boiled-down style. As a way of dealing with her trauma, Mhairi has created 'Castle', a mental fortress in which to conceal bad memories. It's a neat narrative device. The pair face many obstacles, dangers and border crossings, dramatizing the plight of the migrant in a world, compellingly evoked here, that is both oddly familiar and yet horrifyingly changed. - The Financial Times

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“Heartwrenching and Powerful”

This is a vital, beautiful book - not least because of that striking cover. The world has heated up and the earth's population is desperately trying to get further north - including Mhairi, who is trying to get... More

Clare R

“Global warming from a child's perspective.”

I know it's necessary to have differentiation between the age groups for the protection of those who are youngest, but in this case, knowing that this is a child's/ young person's book, may put adults... More

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“Wise and wonderful”

This is a wonderful novel, set in 2049, when the earth has heated up and migration has hit new highs. There are also new rules in place and the world is a harsher place as countries try and stretch their resources to... More

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