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Davor und danach

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  292 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Was zählt, wenn die Welt am Abgrund steht? Verändern Klimawandel und Flucht unsere Menschlichkeit?
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.
Klappenbroschur, 384 pages
Published January 21st 2019 by Dressler (first published July 26th 2018)
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Nicky Singer 'As a way of dealing with her trauma, Mhairi has created 'Castle', a mental fortress in which to conceal bad memories. It's a neat narrative device.'…more'As a way of dealing with her trauma, Mhairi has created 'Castle', a mental fortress in which to conceal bad memories. It's a neat narrative device.' Financial Times review 19th October 2018. xx(less)
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Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
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
Anna (Ink of Books)
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bücherregal
Ich habe geweint, Leute. Dieses Ende. Dieses Buch. Gott, ich liebe es! 😍
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a crowded speculative fiction market, The Survival Game is a remarkable and original offering. It is more powerful for being a YA novel because the details of some horrendous events are never fully described the relationship between Mhairi and her companion is at the very heart of the book. They find in each other a reason to live and carry on. A tough new order has been created and Mhairi and companion fall foul of it. This was a refreshingly different take on post apocalyptic writing with c ...more
Stella [Stellette Reads]
Stellt euch vor ihr müsstet in einer Welt leben, die zu heiß geworden ist. In einer Welt, in der ihr mitsamt der restlichen Menschheit fliehen müsstet – Und zwar in den Norden, der genug Lebensraum bieten sollte für alle Menschen. Auf Grund der Überbevölkerungen gibt es aber nicht genug Platz für Jeden. Und genau dieser Überlebenskampf wird von der Autorin in eine Art Endzeit-Roman verpackt.

Mitten im Geschehen befinden wir uns also schon anfänglich der Geschichte. Mhairi kämpft um ihr Überleben.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
"Davor und Danach" ist mir schon lange vor Erscheinungstermin mit seinem besonderen Cover und dem interessanten Klappentext aufgefallen. Ich habe mich auf eine spannende Dystopie bzw. ein Buch mit ein wenig Endzeitstimmung, bedingt durch Klimawandel, gefreut.

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
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Anfangs war das Buch sehr langatmig und stellenweise kam es mir vor als möchte man es einfach nur in die Länge ziehen. Erst weit über der Hälfte konnte mich die Protagonistin fesseln und wäre Mo, ihr „Begleiter“ nicht gewesen, hätte ich das Buch längst zur Seite gelegt. Zum Schluss habe ich die ein oder andere Träne vergossen aber dennoch konnte mich das Buch nur halbwegs überzeugen. Ich finde das Thema wichtig aber das alleine macht für mich kein Buch aus. Beeindruckend fand ich, wie überzeugen ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
so ein wichtiges buch mit einer unglaublichen berührenden und traurigen geschichte. ich hätte niemals mit so einem ende gerechnet.
Jemima Pett
This is an older MG, younger teen and YA book that every adult should read!

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
I just cried a thousand tears.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful novel, set in 2049, when the earth has heated up and migration has hit new highs. There are also new rules in place and the world is a harsher place as countries try and stretch their resources to feed their growing populations. The story follows Mhairi, who was born on the Isle of Arran and has travelled on her own from the Sudan, where she was living with her parents, until they were killed. It has taken her a year to find her way back to the north of the UK, where we pick ...more
3,5 Sterne

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...
Clair Sharpe
The Survival Game is set in a world in the near future, where Global Warming has become a real problem and the Arctic ice cap has melted, temperatures are rising and the everyone is trying to get to somewhere with a cooler climate to survive. We follow the story of 14 year old Mhairi, whose father was born on the Isle of Arran in Scotland and whose mother is from Sudan. We join the story with Mhairi alone, having managed to travel from the Sudan to Cairo before being deported to England. The onl ...more
Tracy Hager
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most profound book I've read in years. I found the beginning so irritating I nearly gave up. The author's style is quite repetitive and she refers to 'castle', which is the place in the protagonist's mind where she keeps her worst experiences locked away. By the end of the novel I got it and loved it.
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
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Woah... this book rendered me speechless.
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
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"That's when I learnt that it is not only countries which have borders. People have borders too."

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
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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

Jenny Eulenmatz
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Davor und Danach. Ein Buch, das Themen behandelt, die nicht aktueller sein könnten: Flüchtlinge, Auffanglager, Registrierungen, Mauern und Klimawandel. Der Klappentext klingt auch super interessant, von daher war ich natürlich sehr gespannt auf die Geschichte. Jedoch hat das Buch mich leider nicht komplett überzeugen können. Bis zum letzten Drittel, war ich überhaupt nicht drin und fand es ehrlich gesagt etwas.. langweilig. Die Geschichte wird aus der Ich-Perspektive erzählt und es waren insgesa ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
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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
Review of an uncorrected Advanced Reading Copy

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
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gripping YA dystopian novel. The main character did irritate me at times with some of her decisions and thoughts, but as a 14 year old the character is portrayed very well. My favourite character was little Mo.
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
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really struggled with rating this book, because, honestly, at first I didn't like it at all. I didn't understand the main character's thought processes and actions. Honestly, I just wasn't a fan.

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
Karen Barber
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you NetGalley for granting me access to this prior to publication. A chilling tale of what might yet come to pass.
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.
Bec (princessbecreads)
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
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That was so unexpected.
That was amazing.

Maybe I'll write more later, but right now I'm just kind of overwhelmed - in a good way.
Sarah Capon
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. What an ending. This is an extraordinary story of survival, set in the not too distant future, which feels like a true prediction of what this world is to become.

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
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ending broke my heart💔😭
Alyssa Grace
"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
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-reads
I received an e-copy of The Survival Game from Hodder Children’s Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions in this post are entirely my own.
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
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Es gibt ein Davor und es gibt ein Danach. Im Davor war die Welt noch in Ordnung, im Davor konnte Mhairi ein ganz normales Mädchen sein, im Davor haben sich ihre Eltern um alles gekümmert. Doch das Davor ist vorbei und nun ist es Danach.

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
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Nicky has written four novels for adults, two books of non-fiction but most of her recent work is for young people. Her first children’s novel Feather Boy won the Blue Peter ‘Book of the Year’ Award, was adapted for TV (winning a BAFTA for Best Children’s Drama) and then commissioned by the National Theatre as a musical with lyrics by Don Black and music by Debbie Wiseman. In 2010 Nicky was asked ...more