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Black Glass by Meg Mundell
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Dec 27, 11

bookshelves: australian-fiction
Read from June 25 to August 02, 2011

Set in a not too distant future Melbourne and from the
perspective of two sisters Tally and Grace. Both are on the run after their
father is suddenly killed at the start of the novel. The city is a dark and
dangerous place and where citizens are divided into two groups , those with
identification papers and those on the fringes of society classed as
'undocs' which highlights the marginalisation and it is easy to liken this
to our present refugee situation . The two girls are separated and unsure of
each other's fate. Survival is a struggle one as a magicians assistant and
the other resorting to petty crime. There is also another interesting
character named 'Moodie' who by altering the environment with scent, music
and lighting is paid by government agencies to influence people's
behaviour. The novel has a big brother feel with each chapter divided by
report headings with details on the monitoring by these government agencies.
The author uses these themes to subtlety comment and exaggerate current issues of our present day.
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