‘As post-apocalypse YA novels go, this one is scarily realistic … a powerful allegory with which to explain the asylum-seeker humanitarian crisis in Australia.’ Books + Publishing
From an exciting new voice in Australian YA literature, Claire Zorn, comes a haunting novel, The Sky So Heavy, that will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.
For Fin, it’s just like any other day – racing for the school bus, bluffing his way through class and trying to remain cool in front of the most sophisticated girl in his universe, Lucy.
Only it’s not like any other day because, on the other side of the world, nuclear missiles are being detonated with unimaginable consequences.
When Fin wakes up the next morning, it’s dark, bitterly cold and snow is falling. There’s no internet, no phone, no TV, no power and no parents.
Nothing Fin’s learnt in high school could have prepared him for this.
With his parents missing and dwindling food and water supplies, Fin and his younger brother Max must find a way to survive … on their own.
When things are at their most desperate, where can you go for help?
As the weeks roll into months, Fin knows that the only way for him and his brother to survive is to team up with classmates Noll and Lucy and head to the city.
Leaving all that is familiar, they begin the terrifying journey through a landscape that is now unrecognisable.
As they approach the outer suburbs of Sydney, they are shocked to find barricades blocking the road, separating those who will be provided with food and resources from those who will not.
If the four are to survive this nuclear winter, they must somehow cross the border and become refugees in their own country.
For Claire, the inspiration for The Sky So Heavy came from the debate over Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers and the looming environmental-refugee crisis. As such, she highlights the issues of prejudice, entitlement and the ethics of a personal struggle to survive. Claire also explores the idea of teenagers inheriting the legacy left by generations before them; generations who thought the world and humanity itself was invincible.
Gripping, moving and unputdownable, The Sky So Heavy will forever change the way you view the world and remind you about what matters most.
About the Author
Claire Zorn lives on the south coast of New South Wales with her husband and two small children. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Post Graduate Diploma in writing. She is a music lover, retro furniture collector and amateur swim-club enthusiast. The Sky So Heavy is her first novel.
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For Ages: 12 - 15 years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 24th July 2013
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 19.8