by Joanna Orwin
THE SACRIFICE is a futuristic novel set in the top of the North Island and the Pacific. Decades earlier, eruptions around the Pacific 'ring of fire', and consequent devastating tsunami, had annihilated Western civilization and technology, along with most of the population. Those who survive revert to hunter-gatherer mode, both in the absence of technology and in the belief...more
Paperback, 414 pages
(first published April 27th 2011)
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A rather bland offering in a genre that seems to have been done-to-death in New Zealand youth literature. The world has ended as we know it, with the last remnants of humanity clinging to life at the very tip of the North Island. There are no trees, only raupo. For reasons not completely made clear, the survivors all seem to be Maori or Polynesian in appearance and behaviour, living more-or-less like the tribes of old but with strict restrictions on reproduction and lifestyle. Five youths are ch...more