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The Road to Winter

The Road to Winter

Mark Smith

  • awardShortlisted, Indie Book Award for Young Adult, 2017
  • awardShortlisted, West Australian Young Readers' Book Award, 2017
  • awardShortlisted, Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation's Aurealis Award, 2016
  • awardShortlisted, Readings Young Adult Book Prize, 2017

    Since a deadly virus and the violence that followed wiped out his parents and most of his community, Finn has lived alone on the rugged coast with only his loyal dog Rowdy for company.

    He has stayed alive for two winters—hunting and fishing and trading food, and keeping out of sight of the Wilders, an armed and dangerous gang that controls the north, led by a ruthless man named Ramage.

    But Finn’s isolation is shattered when a girl runs onto the beach. Rose is a Siley—an asylum seeker—and she has escaped from Ramage, who had enslaved her and her younger sister, Kas. Rose is desperate, sick, and needs Finn’s help. Kas is still missing somewhere out in the bush.

    And Ramage wants the girls back—at any cost.

    Read an extract on the Text blog.

    ABC Radio National Masterpiece: Mark Smith on Books and Arts

    Mark Smith
    About the Author

    Mark Smith lives on Victoria’s Surf Coast. His writing has won a number of awards and has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Review of Australian Fiction and the Big Issue. Wilder Country is his second novel.

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    27 June 2016
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    survival, honour, friendship, love, refugees, dystopia
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    • The Road to Winter
      ISBN: 9781922253712
      27 June 2016
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