The Road to Winter

The Road to Winter

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Pub Date: 25/05/2017
Extent: 240pp
Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781925355123
Reading Age: 14+
Rights: World: Text Publishing

  • Shortlisted, Foreword INDIES Book of the Year, Young Adult Fiction, 2018
  • Shortlisted, Indie Book Award for Young Adult, 2017
  • Shortlisted, West Australian Young Readers' Book Award, 2017
  • Shortlisted, Readings Young Adult Book Prize, 2017
  • Shortlisted, Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation's Aurealis Award, 2016
  • Shortlisted, Queensland Literary Award: Griffith University Young Adult Book Award, 2017

Since a deadly virus and the violence that followed wiped out his parents and most of his community, Finn has lived alone on the rugged coast with only his loyal dog Rowdy for company.

He has stayed alive for two winters—hunting and fishing and trading food, and keeping out of sight of the Wilders, an armed and dangerous gang that controls the north, led by a ruthless man named Ramage.

But Finn’s isolation is shattered when a girl runs onto the beach. Rose is a Siley—an asylum seeker—and she has escaped from Ramage, who had enslaved her and her younger sister, Kas. Rose is desperate, sick, and needs Finn’s help. Kas is still missing somewhere out in the bush.

And Ramage wants the girls back—at any cost.

Praise for Mark Smith and The Road to Winter

A beautiful and intimate story… Like the best YA fiction, The Road to Winter is sure to appeal just as much to an adult audience, and I can easily see it being discussed as passionately by a local book club as a high-school English class.’ Otago Daily Times

‘Aussie writers do survival stories so well—perhaps it seems that way because we can relate to their settings. In the footsteps of John Marsden and Claire Zorn comes Mark Smith’s first post-apocalyptic novel…Unforgettable.’ Best Books for Kids 2016, Listener

‘Tense and atmospheric…Mark Smith’s debut is assured, gripping and leaves you wanting more.’ Best Books for Younger Readers 2016, Sydney Morning Herald

‘It’s easy to see why Mark Smith’s dystopian thriller has been compared with John Marsden’s Tomorrow When the War Began. I barely came up for breath as the pages flew. So strap yourself in for a high action ride.’ Kids Book Review

‘A riveting story of survival that questions the prices of freedom and safety as well as the value of an individual life…A breakout new series full of romance, danger, and a surprisingly engaging world.’ STARRED Review, Kirkus Reviews

‘A solid debut.’ Publishers Weekly 

‘Mark Smith spins an enthralling tale of survival, the distinctly Australian backdrop of a coastal town setting it apart from other, generic post-apocalyptic titles. Finn was painted as intelligent, likeable, and most importantly realistic.’ YA Wonders