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Friday, October 27, 2017

BLOG BLITZ: Skeletal by Emma Pullar @emmastoryteller @bloodhoundbook

by Emma Pullar
Bloodhound Books

Excited to be one of the lead offs of this Blog Blitz for Emma Pullar's YA, sci-fi, dystopian novel, Skeletal.  A darker take on the dystopia world and a little something different from Bloodhound. 



About the Book:

Gale City is the last city in the world and under the strict control of the illusive Centrals.

When females reach adulthood, they're given the chance to compete at Showcase for the honour of becoming surrogates for the Morbihan - a highly intelligent, obese race of people, unable to procreate naturally.  All the other girls are excited to become hosts, all except Megan Skyla.

Convinced there's more to life, Skyla teams up with an unlikely friend and they go in search of a cure for the Morbihan condition.  Things don't go to plan and their journey becomes a harrowing quest fraught with danger and deceit.

How can Skyla discover the truth when everything she's been told is a lie?  Can anyone in Gale City ever really be free?

Skyla is about to discover that freedom has a price and she's going to have to fight to survive.

Skeletal is a disturbing vision of the future and a literary thriller unlike any other.

About the Author:

Emma Pullar is a writer of dark fiction and children's books.  Her picture book, Curly from Shirley, went to number four on the national bestseller list and was named best opening lines by NZ Post.  You can read her SJV Award shortlisted horror story, London's Crawling, in the Dark Minds charity collection and her dystopian sci-fi story, Old Trees Don't Bend, in The Anthropocene Chronicles.  Emma has also written three shortlisted stories for Create50 which are awaiting the winner announcement.  Her debut novel SKELETAL published by Bloodhound Books is due for release 27th October 2017.

My Review:

What a surprise read for me!!  I found the premise extremely interesting but was a bit dubious going into yet another YA dystopian type read.  They all tend to veer to the same thing:  strong female protagonist who goes against the grain, a love triangle and a quest to try and bring down the obvious suppressors in society.  Yes, this book also has all of these but it veered in such a different direction that I wasn't expecting.

The author takes you down a darker alley with Skyla and the world that she lives in.  Skyla is a rebel and curses about as much as I do.  While the other girls WANT to win the chance to be surrogates, she cringes at being a living incubator.  Not surprisingly, she gets chosen (otherwise what kind of book would we have right?) - it's what she does afterwards and the world that the author builds that becomes most intriguing.  The Morb's want everything to be so pristine and to procreate using these surrogates since they cannot do this themselves.  Skyla's schooling and doctor examinations made me flinch a couple of times... as did the revelation of what exactly was going on between Skels and the Morbs.  😲 The timed revelations of each stage of the book was outstanding - I really didn't see most of these coming. 

Overall a fantastic read for those who love these types of books... and I do.  I love the darker side and how this went into a sci-fi feel.  The ending seemed to leave it open to another book so I wonder if this will be a series?  What will Skyla do next???

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