Joshua is a troubled boy who lives with his mother and stepfather in a divided city, where a wall and soldiers separate two communities, and the rubble-strewn residue of their broken world gives hints of the old life before the wall was built.
Joshua discovers a manhole, which leads to a tunnel, which leads in pitch darkness under the wall and across to the other side.
Forbidden territory, dangerous territory, violent territory, which a boy like him - visibly different - shouldn't stray into.
An act of kindness from a girl saves his life, but leads to a brutal act of cruelty and a terrible debt he's determined to repay. And no one, no one must find out that he's been there - or the consequences will be unbearable.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 13/03/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781408838433
- EPUB from £5.59
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Review by KatherineB729
I read this book for the Carnegie Awards. I really liked it and I thought the writing was great! The first few pages really grabbed my attention and Joshua was decscribed well. The pace of the book was steady, I felt it could have been a bit faster. The storyline followed through well and the ending was good, possibly a bit confusing. My interest never tailed off though.