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The Territory

(The Territory #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  222 ratings  ·  56 reviews
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The year is 2059. Noa Blake is just another normal 15 year old. Except in the Territory normal isn’t normal. The richest children can download information and bypass the need to study. In a flooded world of dwindling resources, Noa and the other ‘Norms’ have their work cut out to compete. And competing is everything – anybo
Paperback, 202 pages
Published May 14th 2015 by Firefly Press
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Sarah Govett I'm writing the second book at the moment - should be out next year!
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Kate (infinitelynovel)
A quick little dystopian read I really enjoyed. Full review to come!
Sarah Churchill
Having interviewed Sarah Govett on a panel a couple of years ago, I know that this series has its very loyal following and I figured it was time to give it a try.

Being British it always helps to read dystopian novels that are set here as it aids in the mental world building, however I don't think it specified where on the remaining land it's based, so I missed out on picturing the characters with accents and the rest of the package.

In a nutshell, the polar ice caps have melted, leav
Rebecca Rouillard
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2059, much of England is now underwater, there is not enough land to support a large population and so at 15 all children write an exam to determine whether they are allowed to stay or whether they are expelled into the dangerous Wetlands to almost-certain death. Noa is a 'norm' which mean she hasn't received the modification rich kids have that allows her to download information straight into her brain, and so she has to study twice as hard to keep up with the kids with nodes. The author create ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finished this book a few days ago!! First I would say I don't normally read dystopian books but the story is intriguing and kept my interest.
Noa Blake, the protagonist, she was a normal teenage girl. Noa is facing her end of term examinations, she's studying as much as she can, because she doesn't want to fail it, but if she fails she'll be banished to the Wetlands, where resources are scarce and death is certain. The pressure is slowly building when the exam date is coming closer. Noa and her
Beth Jones
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it

I have been provided with a copy of the book and payment by the author in exchange for an honest review. This has not changed my review in any way.

I started this book thinking it might take me a while to get into. Thinking it might be a little young and not something I'd usually read. But soon enough, I was picking this book up whenever I had a spare minute just to find out what was happening next.

Rather than this book being in chapters, it had a break every couple of page/>I
Lindsey Blake
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this one - intelligent dystopia with a believable premise and likeable characters and an excellent quick read.
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book as dystopian novels have lost interest for me a little lately with so many being published in such a short space of time. However, I really liked the characters and the story was just dark and brutal enough to hold my interest throughout. I felt so sorry for Jack as he loves Noa so much and is desperate to do well and stay in the city. I thought Noa could have been a better friend to him when Raf comes onto the scene as she just starts to think of her ...more
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2015
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I gave this book to one of my students (aged 12) as a reward, they read it in less than 24 hours and said they loved it! Their review is as follows

This book is about an average teenage girl and also the struggles she will face in modern society even though it is set in 2059. This is more a sci-fi book as it shows the power of robot brains. This book also has modern and historical links, such as having to have rations but sti
Jul 30, 2016 rated it liked it
1 star- idea
1 stars- actual prose
1 star- deeper meaning and the exam stress was portrayed so well, and I just had the SAT this June so RELEVANT!
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Territory is first in a series of three books by Sarah Govett.

It is 2059 in the UK, most of the country is underwater so space is limited. Only the smartest get to stay dry. The rest are sent off to live in the wetlands where disease and crime are rife and survival is slim.

Noa Blake is preparing to take her exams. She is smart but that's because she studies extra hard and has the advantage of parents who can afford to send her to a good school. She is however still at a disadvan
Isobel Ramsden
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
'The Territory' is a gripping dystopian novel that recently won the Trinity Schools Book Award. I particularly liked the witty, down-to-earth voice of the narrator, Noa. Set in the near future in a Britain that has been shrunk by flooding to a small parcel of land known as 'the Territory', the story is narrated by teenager, Noa - one of the few 'norms' left in a school full of 'freakoids' (people whose brains have been altered so they can 'upload' facts instead of having to learn them). Noa has ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Noa Blake tells the story of her last year in education in Britain.. in 2059! A flooded, yet still overpopulated world with limited resources - In what's left of Britain (The Territory) it is decided that anyone that fails the final exams at 15/16 will be shipped off to the Wetlands!
Having Noa narrate the story from a first person Point Of View works really well, the dialogue of thinking, feeling and talking like a 15 year old is executed magnificently by Govett; as the darkness and
Rebecca Travers
The territory was a decent YA dystopia, but I had some issues wihh the way it was written. The beginning of the book hits you with a lot of slang terms early on, and because if the teen (slightly annoying) voice, these all blurred into one for me. But they were actually terms I needed to know about the hierarchy of society, as they were introduced so quickly and not always explained I didn't keep up.
Also without chapters it felt a little stream of consciousness-esque. Also because each sec
Shannen Fordham
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This tense page-turner calls to mind ‘The Hunger Games’ - teens competing against one another for survival, a malevolent government, clear divisions along class lines, even a love triangle. The important distinction is that Noa Blake is always likeable as a protagonist. The author has given her such an authentic, honest voice. I particularly enjoyed the discussion of climate change and social class - important and interesting themes for teen literature, wrapped in a compelling and exciting story ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Noa Blake is a normal 15 year old with the usual obsessions and language only understood by other 15 year olds. The difference is, it's 2059, polar caps have melted and there is little dry land on which to live. So, students aged 15 have to take a TAA (like SATS only worse). Those who fail are sent to the wetlands and will die. Wealthy students have 'nodes' implants, allowing knowledge to be uploaded directly to the brain. Really good young adult dystopian read; about control, really. And a warn ...more
Laura M
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have just read "The Territory" and I would say that this is one of the best and most gripping books I've read in a long time. I love that Noa's character is funny and sarcastic as well as very clever too. I will be sitting my exams next year so it's nice to see that Noa's hard work paid off instead of other rich parents buying their way to clever kids. The book had me gripped from the beginning and I ended up reading it all in one day. I would definitely recommend it to any teenager...or adult ...more
Brittany Smith
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very quick and easy read. There were a few bits in the beginning that had me thinking “oh no I’m not too sure now” but I quickly worked it about was able to get past it.

The book does read like a 15 year old is narrating it so it’s on point there-and you do find yourself holding a breath at the end. The story flowed very well and wasn’t broken at all. I look forward to seeing what happens next.

All in all a very good read!
Angela Oatham
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved the story line of this book I was just a little put off by the constant use of teenage slang. I still have no idea what "malc" is. However the build up to the exam was tense and brilliant and the comment on the modern education system was very apt.
It was a thrilling read and I look forward to discovering exactly what goes on in the dreaded Wetlands in the sequel.
Victoria Davis
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could not put it down, it had me hooked from the first few pages! A fantastic dystopian novel that is not too far from the truth. I am looking forward to reading the next two books!
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian, ya
Great speed read - have downloaded the next two immediately 😁 Really enjoyed it, great concept, can’t wait to find out how it continues
Elizabeth D
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was recommended The Territory as a purchase for a friend's 13-year old daughter. After hearing how excited she was about the book, I decided to read it myself and was equally intrigued. It's one of those dystopian novels that seem frighteningly real. The author paints a vivid picture of a future in which resources are scarce and only 'the elite' will survive, yet it is also a compelling story about love, friendship and adolescence from the perspective of a 15-year old girl. It's definitely the ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
An easy quick read.
Stephen Baird
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, young-adult
A good idea and well-executed but doesn't shine out for me as anything special in the YA world.

Dystopian romances are often predictable, and even though this book left us with a great cliff-hanger it was just another dystopian romance.

Worth a read but not so different from so many out there
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just as a little side note, I am 15 years old and- like Noa- I also have exams looming. I've been reading way too much and not revising- I should fix that. This book has been relatable but terrifying at the same time. I found myself wanting to put the book down so I could revise but, at the same time, fighting with myself because this book was so good!

Sorry, I should've mentioned at the beginning what I thought about this book! Well I'm mentioning it now! This book was absolutely fan
Suze Lavender
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's 2059 and a lot of what used to be land is now under water. Noa Blake is a normal teenager who's living in The Territory. Only the smartest people are allowed to live there. Rich children can download information into their brains and don't have to study. There isn't enough space for everyone to stay on land and one exam will determine the future of every teenager. If they pass they can stay and if they fail they have to go, they will be sent to the Wetlands where mosquitoes are causing horr ...more
Michelle Moore
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
At this time of the year, there are many young people revising for, and taking exams, and we all know there’s a lot of pressure on them. However, imagine if a failure could mean being sent to your death…

Noa lives in a near-future where climate change and flooding have drastically reduced the amount of liveable land, now known as The Territory. To be allowed to stay, children at 15 must achieve a high pass on their exams. The rest are sent to the Wetlands, where conditions mean a life
Katy Haye
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You might think dystopian, apocalypic futures are getting a bit overdone in YA fiction (and you might be right), but this was fresh and wonderful. Sarah Govett built a convincing post-apocalyptic world and I was hooked from page one (literally – I’d downloaded the sample and I think I abandoned it at page 3 to buy the complete book), and I then raced through it during a long train journey.

Think you’ve experienced exam stress? How about exams when your life literally depends on your r
Elizabeth Harrison
Three stars is probably quite harsh, 3.5 is probably more appropriate really.

Noa Blake lives in Britain, but this island isn't the Britain we all know and love. Due to global warming the seas have risen and much of Britain is under water, and the resulting Wetlands are certain death, full of disease and killer mosquitos. With resources at a minimum, a special exam was introduced whereby all 15 year olds are tested to see if they are worthy of staying in Britain and using resources. Those who fa
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
School exams are stressful and can change your life but none are as stressful or life-changing as the ones 15-year-old teenagers have to undergo in Sarah Govett's The Territory.
It's the year 2059 and the water levels are rising causing a severe lack of land to live in and, therefore, making people who don't pass the exam to be sentenced to live in the Wetlands (a dangerous place filled with deadly diseases and no medical facilities), and not able to return to safety because of the high electric fences surr
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