At first glance this apocalyptic story seems like many others of its genre, but is told from the perspective of a young girl. One of only five children left alive, Rona struggles to make sense of what has happened. The remote island setting intensifies the feeling of isolation and the shifting dynamics of the small group of survivors is very realistically portrayed. Visually chilling, this book would also appeal to young adult readers.
It took us a day to pluck up the courage to leave. With our school lessons, and shopping, and our homes, we'd made a bit of life that felt normal. So now the thought of going away: to the places we don't know, past the safe edge of our village, makes everyone worry for what we'll find now that we're forced to go and see.