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Nest of Lies

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A modern-day fairy story - with a dark side ... Ashlee is terrified of birds. Everybody in the Citadel is. In their stories birds are blamed for the Plague that destroyed civilisation and now, over sixty years later, the Sanctuary Guards patrol the reclaimed city and keep it free of birds and other dangers - such as the Outsiders who live free in the wilds, the Egghead sci ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Scholastic New Zealand
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Adele Broadbent
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
A mix of fairy tale and fantasy – A story of post apocalypse NZ where people are terrified of birds, books and scientists.

Ashlee is fourteen and lives in her father’s house with her stepmother and two step sisters. As her father is high up in the hierarchy, he is away most of the time, leaving Ashlee to be treated like a slave in her own home.

When she first sees a bird in her back yard, she is shocked and frightened, and no one believes her. Everyone knows it was the birds that brought the plagu
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Nest of lies is YA post-apocalyptic story with some interesting premises but which I struggled with reading for much of the story.

I found it very slow to start. It took me to about half-way before I began to identify with the characters and enjoy the story. Even so I found many of the characters stereotypical and the plot cliched - the typical parody of religion in portraying the villains from the sect-like sanctuary and the citadel (even though some form of genetic engineering and the profit-d
Karen Van
Aug 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
I read this book with my kiwi students at intermediate school and I hoped it would hook them in. They were initially very engaged but quickly lost interest as soon as Ashlee leaves the citadel. Students did not relate to the characters, especially Ika and Whaleman (what a name...). Overall it was disappointing for them so we wrote our own endings.
Oct 19, 2020 rated it liked it
It was really really boring if I'm being honest, the plot would've been interesting but I don't think the author wrote it to it's full potential. Overall its an okay book. ...more
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A very fantasy based book didn't really like it but I had to read a fantasy. ...more
Angela Oliver
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia, young-adult
It's no secret that I love birds - so when I discovered a dystopian novel set in my home city, with birds as a core element, I had to snap it up. What amazes me is that I never picked it up sooner!

I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself into Ashlee's world, which was familiar but at the same time utterly alien. It was fun trying to pick up the places from their slightly altered names. In not-too-many words, McQuillan introduces us to the Citadel - with its overgrown, abandoned houses. Where the g
Selina Ryan
Feb 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Interesting story set in New Zealand, about a small sect of people who survived an evironmental disaster which wiped out almost every human on the planet.
Follows along the lines of the distopian world, where the groups of survivors have their distinct philosphy and theory about what happened and how to survive.
The Sanctury who form a settlement in the abandoned houses, and have every elment of their lives controlled.
The Scientists live on a cruise linner and realise they have to protect the en
Alicia Papp
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Cinderella meets the Chrysalids! I really enjoyed the start of this book, it was interesting and atmospheric, but for me I lost interest 2/3rds of the way through when it became a routine race against time to stop the evil elders from destroying their 'enemies'. Not a bad book at all, but I think it promised so much more. ...more
Apr 04, 2013 added it
It was a very good book.
It was a fast read and
it keeped me hooked for the
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Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Reminded me of "The Giver" but not as well written. ...more
Sam Sam
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with this book after my sister recommended it to me.
A great, easy read for anyone looking for adventure and plot twists :)
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: nz-children-s

Not sure if I liked this or not. The ending seemed rushed and kind of "is that it?"
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Heather McQuillan is a New Zealand author who writes for children and young adults.
In 2006 Heather's first book Mind Over Matter was published by Scholastic NZ as the winner of the Tom Fitzgibbon Award, 2005.

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