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Title: Survival Game, The
Authors: Singer, Nicky
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 355
Year: 2018
Language: English
Description: If it's a game then there is not much fun to be had - fourteen-year-old Mhairi Bain is a survivor, going it alone, not too many questions asked. She is on the move, just like so many desperate others but at least she has a (supposedly) achievable destination: make her way from where her parents were killed in Africa, to her grandmother's distant home on the Scottish Isle of Arran. But easier said than done; it's checkpoint after checkpoint, obstacle after obstacle, including a young boy who may just save Mhairi as much as she rescues him.

Both powerful and easy to read, this is a compelling and thought-provoking story portraying an easily imagined future where climate change and mass migration rule the world.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"A gripping story with lots of suspense."

"Short, tense chapters. It's quick and easy to read."

"Topical and engaging for the reader."

"This book would provide an excellent backdrop for a discussion on the effect of climate change on migration and refugees."

"The pace was good, and as a consequence of the short chapters, it was easy to stop and start reading."

"Mhairi's character is inspiring despite her morally questionable behaviour. I say this however in the comfort of my warm, safe home!"

"It brings to light the legal implications of climate change (eg, nations' response to the climate threat).
Categories: Fiction, Dystopia/Futuristic, Scotland, Africa, 2021 Titles

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