JD's father has been burnt alive by the Silver Men. His mother has run away. Lost in the desert without water, JD meets a strange old man whose mouth has been sewn shut. That man's secret will save his life. The search for his mother leads JD to the City, where he must face the true horrors of life under the Silver Men. Trapped inside the Pits of enslaved children scraping for water, he must risk everything and everyone he has ever loved in order to survive. Boonie is a story of bravery, friendship, loss and hope that will stay with you long after the final page is turned.
About the Author
Richard was born during the Second World War and lived in East London until he joined the Merchant Navy at the age of 16. Over a period of twenty years Richard travelled the high seas, qualifying as a ship's officer and once delivering a tug boat from Rotterdam to Bahrain. Although Richard tested out his 'land legs' in a series of jobs - manufacturing everything from cars, to furniture, to telephone systems - eventually he gave it up to return to the water, sailing away with his wife Margaret on their boat Hephzibah to explore the Atlantic and Mediterranean seas.
A compelling dystopian adventure tackling bravery, friendship and freedom against the harsh backdrop of a world without water. The Bookseller Environmental disasters have become the new vampires in fiction trends, a typical storyline dealing with conflict over basic resources leading to an imbalance of power between totalitarian rulers and their hapless serfs. Novels that tap into anxiety about the future of the planet need something extra to stand out and Richard Masson's excellent debut, Boonie (Hot Key GBP10.99), has a harrowing opening with echoes of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. In a world where water is more precious than gold, knowing how to find it is an affliction as much as a gift. Published in January for a reflective new year. -- Geraldine Brennan The Observer
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st January 2013
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.8 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.35