The island Republic has emerged from a ruined world. Its citizens are safe – but not free. Until a man named Adam Forde rescues a girl from the sea… Fourteen-year-old Anax thinks she knows her history. She’d better. She’s facing three Examiners and her five-hour examination has just begun. The subject is close to her heart: Adam Forde, her long-dead hero. In a series of startling twists, Anax discovers new things about Adam and her people; secrets that question everything she holds sacred. But why is the Academy allowing her to open up the enigma at its heart? What is the shocking truth that has been hidden from her? A truly original and gripping dystopian novel set in a world torn apart by war, climate change and plague.
“Highly original, this remarkable thriller fuses intricate ideas with real emotion and suspense. It gripped me like a vice.” Jonathan Stroud
“A very different young adult novel… that will make smart teenagers feel very respected.” Patrick Ness, Guardian
“Extraordinarily original.” Independent