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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books; Airport & Export ed edition (6 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385610521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385610520
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,922,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A gripping dystopian thriller, with echoes of A Clockwork Orange, has plenty of action to thrill teenage readers -- Nikki Gamble The Bookseller McGann's effective dystopic vision is backed by superb storytelling and should prove his breakthrough book -- John Newman Publishing News Small-Minded Giants zips along at break-neck pace, each short, action-packed scene feeding into the next, ideal for teen readers ... McGann's direct, gritty style of writing certainly packs a punch -- Sarah Webb Irish Independent Highly visual and exciting ... dystopian vision that is expertly crafted -- Becky Stradwick, Borders Publishing News Fights, flights and regular plot twists -- Mary Hoffman TES

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Futuristic thriller-adventure set in a volatile environment of restricted energy and resources. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jarreck Dilynda on 13 Nov 2006
Format: Paperback
There is a warning on the reverse of my copy that does state not suitable for young children and I agree with that. I am not a parent myself but this is quite dark (literally) and graphically violent in places it also deals with the shadier side of the human character most of the way through. I would not want my youngest nephew (9) to read this, pretty sure my elder one (13) could cope with it though, obviously it is personal choice.

As the main character is 16 I presume this book is aimed at teenagers and young adults, I am neither yet enjoyed it thouroughly, although not my normal Sci-Fi style book to read.

I am glad I bought this book on impulse whilst on holiday. It is a great story line, strong characters throughout, well paced, conspiracy theories, this book has the lot. I found myself lost in a world within a world, with more twists and turns than a country lane. I read it in three sittings. It is believeable throughout and in many places it is possible to see the world we live in now turning into Ash Harbour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Hogan on 9 Oct 2006
Format: Paperback
This is not a book for younger kids! There is some quite graphic violence that may not be suitable for younger readers. Dont let that put you off though! There is a great story here.

One one level it is the story of a young man looking for his father who has disappered after an industrial accident. On another, the claustrophobic Ash Harbour makes a great metaphor for our own world. Isolated and fragile with a failing Heart, it is run by large corporations desperate to hold onto power and profit. They will take any action necessary to ensure the smooth running of The Machine, including murder, kidnapping and torture. But we learn that the real power in Ash Harbour comes from the ordinary people and that just one person making a stand can make a difference. The main character, Sol, is very well realised. McGann's depiction of the 16 year old loner is spot on. Even if you have no interest in environmental issues, this is an engaging thriller. The Fast-paced and atmospheric it leads to a thrilling climax that will keep any reader on the edge of their seats.
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Format: Hardcover
I purchased this for my daughter (11) who read the book initially on the recommendation of her school librarian. She was thrilled with it because it really sparked her imagination and showed her what the exitement of a good thriller feels like. So she had to buy the book! Now I am reading it and enjoying it thoroughly!
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Great SciFi for boys 15 Dec 2009
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Format: Hardcover
My thoughts...This was a thought provoking novel that had me thinking "what if" the whole time I read it. With all the environmental issues we are faced with on a daily basis, "what if" the worst case scenario happened and we were forced to live in a domed city beneath a frozen world? Those are the living conditions that make up the setting of this story. The author, Oisin McGann does a brilliant job of setting the scene. I found myself shuddering on several occasions imagining the living conditions, the recycled air and the constraints these people experienced daily.

The story is told from several characters point of view. First, Sol is a young boy who lost his mother and sister in an accident and is now dealing with the mysterious disappearance of his father. He is a quiet, observant teen who likes to take out his frustrations in the boxing ring. I liked his character and could see significant growth by the end of the book. The other two characters were his friend Chloe and his teacher Anna. Their POV's keep the story flowing and made it more interesting.

Overall I enjoyed the story line. I think this would be a good book for any age, but I think it would especially appeal to an adolescent boy. There is a fair amount of violence with some minor gore, there is very little romance-not too girly and it is full of action scenes. There are several mysteries to figure out as you try to decide who can be trusted and who not.

As for cons, it took me a while to get into the book. The last 100 pages were great and I read the end quickly. The beginning did a great job of setting up the story, but the middle just didn't grab me like I thought it would. For me, it picked up when the main character Sol had more interactions with the other characters. However I am glad I read it and I would recommend it to young readers who enjoy Science Fiction novels.
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