Davor und danach
Die 14-jährige Mhairi lebt in einer Welt in der es zu viele Menschen gibt und Wasser nur noch im Norden zu finden ist. Sie besitzt zwei Dinge: einen Revolver und ihre Papiere. Ihr einziges Ziel ist es, zu überleben. Dank ihrer Papiere wird es Mhairi bis in den Norden schaffen. ...more
While I am sure this for some will be a worth-while endeavour The Survival Game is just not something I have been able to get into.
If it was just a case of me not being invested in the plot yet I would plod on here but I am finding the very abrupt style of writing hard to adjust to.
On top of that, the chapters themselves are really short and though the original premise is something I was intrigued by I just can't get over my disconnect with the writing style.
I also really wasn't a fan of ...more
Mitten im Geschehen befinden wir uns also schon anfänglich der Geschichte. Mhairi kämpft um ihr Überleben. ...more
Leider hat dieses Buch mit einer Dystopie überhaupt nichts zu tun. Das Buch spielt zwar mindestens 20 Jahre in der Zukunft, aber die Autorin hält es nicht für notwendig die Welt ein wenig näher zu erklären und zu beschreiben. Kurze Sätze am ...more
Nicky Singer perfectly captures the likely dilemmas we will be facing as climate change hits us harder, and refugees will not just be fleeing aggressive regimes but aggressive weather conditions.
We follow MAB - Mhairi Bain, as she travels north, making her way through many and dubious ways from the encounter with Saharan border guards where her parents died, to the place she thinks of as home - where her Grandmother still ...more
Das Szenario war eigentlich ziemlich interessant, die Geschichte aber irgendwie so...unstrukturiert. Das Ende wiederum hatte eine ziemliche emotionale Wucht. Das Buch lässt mich etwas unentschlossen zurück...
Seriously, if I could, I would make this book mandatory reading. It's set in the near distant future; the ice caps have melted, the southern hemisphere is riddled with oppressive heat, f ...more
It is hard-hitting, gritty and utterly shocking.
In a dystopian world where global warming is forcing people to move northwards, away from the drying and dying equatorial regions, Scotland is closing its borders and refugee camps and detention centres are springing up.
Mhairi, a Scottish national, is making her way north from the Sudan, where she has been living with her parents, when she comes across a young boy and and an old man. When circumstances lea ...more
Thanks to Hachette Australia for sending me a copy of THE SURVIVAL GAME for review!
THE SURVIVAL GAME is a dystopian novel about a future that is very well possible for Earth with the current climate change path, however, Nicky Singer writes it with such beautiful prose, that not only is the truth scary, but raw and tragically heartbreaking.
"I listen to what people say and also what they do not ...more
Have you ever read a book in one breath? Have you ever drawn a sharp intake of air in the opening pages and then held it right until the end, barely able to move or tear your eyes away from the devastation on the pages in front of you? This is what it felt like when I was reading Nicky Singer’s post-apocalyptic The Survival Game.
The Survival Game is one of those rare novels. Beautifully written, it is a book that will drag you along through every emotion possible as you try to fathom how deva...more
Das Buch wurde letztes Jahr auf der Leipziger Buchmesse vorgestellt. Der Verlag wollte hier mal etwas völlig Neues wagen und hat auf das Buch kein Titel gedruckt, was ich sehr spannend fand. Der Titel steht nur an den Seiten des Buches. Die Aufmachung von Davor und Danach ist sehr edel und hochwertig. Das Buch ist ein absoluter Hingucker in der schwarz-weißen Aufmachung mit den goldenen Elementen.
Der Einstieg in das Buch war sehr gewöhnungsbedürftig, denn Kapitel waren enorm kurz und bei ...more
DNF at page 164
The Survival Game is set in a world full of checkpoints, controls, borders and identity papers. Mhairi owns only two things, a gun with no bullets and her papers, but with a world that is a shell of what it once was, people must now prove themselves worthy of existence and every border.
When Mhairi discovers a young boy that doesn't speak, she strangely risks her life to take him to safety in search for her fo ...more
The Survival Game is a new book for young adults that is due to release in July of this year (2018). Whilst the book itself was hearty in length - 355 pages - I found that it was lacking in content. I do understand that this is an uncorrected copy and that there are aspects that may change, and I'm intrigued to see if and how it would alter to what it currently is. Personally, I felt that this book needed more content and less waffle. It was mediocre ...more
I enjoyed the plot, I can definitely see some of these things happening in the future (especially the tagging, which I was actually discussing with my partner before I reached that point in the book!) And there were a few edge of my seat moments.
I certainly did not see the ending coming ...more
Then I started looking at this book slightly differently, because I wondered if the main character might be on the autistic spectrum. I don't know if anyone else has thought this/if it's been mentioned anywhere else, but if Mhairi was on the spectrum, then this book got a whole lot better. Her decision ...more
In our future climate change has reached what might be seen as an inevitable conclusion. Parts of the world are inhospitable. The world’s population is moving northwards and, inevitably, some react better to this than others.
We follow 14-year old Mhairi as she escapes the detention centre she’s placed in after travelling illegally from Cairo following the death of her parents. ...more
I received an uncorrected Advanced Reading Copy of this book by Nicky Singer, which is what my review is based on. The premise of the book sounds amazing! It's a near-future dystopia where every man - or woman or child - fights for themselves and needs identity papers if you want to survive! See the blurb below:In a world full of checkpoints and controls, can love and hope defy the borders? A searing, timely story, as arresting as it is beautiful. Mhairi Anne Bain owns only two things: a ...more
Euthanasia to control population, climate change displacing millions of people, borders tightening and even children abused simply because they are from the wrong side of the border.
Raises the question of 'what would you do?' What would you do if you had limited water, food, and time. Would you share? Would you help those without ...more
"Remember, Papa said, whatever happens, the world is beautiful."
Take a terrifying dystopia where climate change has finally caught up with us.
Masses of people fleeing from famine, drought and war near the equator have given a new meaning to the European migrant crisis. Children have never received more special protection--in that, unlike those over the new age of majority of 15, they get nutritious food and a psychologist when they're detained at borders. Prisons have been abolished--because c ...more
I wanted to love this book, everything about it screamed Hunger Games, The Darkest Minds, and Divergent but story wise I just never got hooked. I’ve seen many people love this and maybe it was a situation of being over hyped, maybe (and more likely) it was because I really didn’t like the protagonist. THAT BEING SAID and ...more
Im Danach muss Mhairi die Dinge selbst in die Hand nehmen, im Danach hat Mhairi Dinge gesehen, die sie nie wieder vergisst, musste Dinge tun, die kein 14 jähriges Mädchen machen sollte. Im Danach ist sich jeder selbst der Nächste.
"Was zählt im Leben?
Ist Überleben ...more