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Wilder Country

Wilder Country

Mark Smith

  • awardWinner, Indie Book Award for Young Adult, 2018
  • awardLonglisted, CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers, 2018
  • awardLonglisted, Best Designed Children’s/Young Adult Series, Australian Book Design Awards, 2020
  • Finn, Kas and Willow have survived the winter of storms. Severe winds and cold have kept the Wilders at bay. Now that spring has come, everything has changed. They’re being hunted again, and they won’t be safe while Ramage wants their blood.

    But Finn and Kas made a promise to Rose—to find her baby and bring her back. And finding Hope means finding Ramage…

    Wilder Country is the exciting, action-packed sequel to Mark Smith’s highly acclaimed The Road to Winter.

    Read a letter from Mark Smith to his readers about Wilder Country here.


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    Mark Smith
    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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    28 August 2017
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    Dystopian, Coming of Age, Refugees, Australia, Dystopia, self esteem & reliance
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    Praise for Mark Smith
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    ‘The superb pacing, natural dialogue, and vivid descriptions of a country and people ravaged by disaster make this a pulse-pounding read…A strong addition to the genre.’

    ‘A rip-roaring story—gripping and compelling, I couldn’t put it down. Mark Smith creates this dangerous, lawless new world and manages to champion the decency of youth. Very timely. And what makes it so powerful is that it’s frighteningly believable.’

    ‘The sequel to Mark Smith’s The Road to Winter is a page-turner with a heart and soul, tightly packed with exquisitely rendered action and nail-biting scenes of peril, all layered with emotional authenticity.’

    ‘Issues of survival, trust and honour make this a great book for reading groups…A much anticipated sequel that reminds me of the Tomorrow When the War Began series.’

    ‘If you love dystopian narratives with nail-biting life-and-death situations, then Mark Smith’s Wilder Country is for you. My only regret is that I have to wait until book three hits bookstore shelves.’

    ‘Mark Smith writes in a taut style that keeps the pages turning…Absorbing entertainment, this is what most young folk would look for in reading.’


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

    ‘The superb pacing, natural dialogue, and vivid descriptions of a country and people ravaged by disaster make this a pulse-pounding read…A strong addition to the genre.’

    ‘Mark Smith’s sequel picks up seamlessly where Road to Winter left off. In Wilder Country, Finn continues his fight to survive by dodging the Wilder gang, led by the loathsome Ramage, and forming a new kind of family with Kas and Willow from book one. An unmissable series.’

    ‘This book canvasses some important and relevant issues and it does so through the prism of young eyes…It balances the softness of helping others and emotional themes with the vivid and exciting action of fear, survival and revenge.’

    ‘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.’ 

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    • Wilder Country
      ISBN: 9781925410778
      28 August 2017
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