by Claire Merle (Faber & Faber) ISBN 978-0-571-28053-7
Set in a post-apocalyptic earth in the not so distant future, the population is divided into the privileged, Pures, and the outcast, Crazies.
When Ana discovers that she is not truly a Pure, she believes that Jasper is the only one who can save her, by joining with her before her 18th birthday. When Jasper goes missing, she enters the world of the Crazies to find out what has happened to him. Soon, everything she believes about the world is challenged. She joins with Cole and his family as they try to expose the truth, and in the end her love must carry her through.
This young adult novel has just the right blend of love and suspense to keep you intrigued. The love story is at the centre, but Merle has created a truly layered world, with some very original elements in this very popular dystopian genre.
An entertaining and enjoyable read.