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Land of Fences

Land of Fences

Mark Smith

  • awardLonglisted, Best Designed Children’s/Young Adult Series, Australian Book Design Awards, 2020
  • awardLonglisted, Young Adult, Indie Book Awards, Leading Edge, 2020
  • There are lights on the horizon. Electricity. Order. A return to civilisation.

    After three years cut off, living by their wits in the bush, Finn and Kas might at last find a life without danger and threat.

    But the tracking device beneath Kas’s skin begins to buzz—she can’t ignore that she is a Siley, a slave, and will never be free. And when the search parties arrive, with brutal force, Finn and Kas face a new reality—a world divided by fences, a world where they can’t be together.

    But after everything they’ve been through, they’re not about to play by the rules.


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    About the Author

    Mark Smith lives on Victoria’s Surf Coast where he writes and runs outdoor education programs for young adults. His writing has won a number of awards and has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Review of Australian Fiction and the Big Issue. The Road to Winter is his first book.

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    ‘An epic story of survival, fast-paced action and characters we really care about.’

    ‘Packed with heart-thumping, adrenaline-pumping, nail-biting action. I couldn’t put it down.’

    ‘An unmissable series.’

    ‘A riveting story of survival that questions the prices of freedom and safety as well as the value of an individual life…A breakout new series full of romance, danger, and a surprisingly engaging world.’

    ‘Tense and atmospheric…Mark Smith’s debut is assured, gripping and leaves you wanting more.’

    ‘A page-turner told in an unaffected, Australian voice.’

    ‘With this final instalment, Smith has comfortably staked out his own territory. Land of Fences is an exhilarating conclusion to a massively entertaining series.’

    ‘Smith cleverly parallels life in Australia today with what it could be, with increased suspicion of smaller groups and people who are different…A shockingly good dystopian story, it has warning of what will happen when societies become xenophobic, insular and inward looking.’

    ‘One of the triumphs of Land of Fences is Mark Smith’s ability to keep his readers engaged and on edge, always wondering what will happen next…[which] is balanced through Smith’s intricate portrayal of love, friendship and moral courage.’

    ‘All too timely in an age of pandemics and panic, this gripping work has real emotional depth and ultimately rests on a foundation of hope and faith in humanity… Equal parts page-turning adventure and heartwarming tribute to chosen family.’

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