Year of the Orphan: A Novel

Year of the Orphan: A Novel

by Daniel Findlay


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The Road meets Mad Max in this stunning debut with a gutsy, badass young female protagonist—for fans of Station 11, The Passage, and Riddley Walker.
In a post-apocalyptic future where survivors scavenge in the harsh Australian Outback for spoils from a buried civilization, a girl races across the desert, holding her treasures close, pursued by the Reckoner.

Riding her sand ship, living rough in the blasted landscape whose taint she carries in her blood, she scouts the broken infrastructure and trades her scraps at the only known settlement, a ramshackle fortress of greed, corruption, and disease known as the System. It is an outpost whose sole purpose is survival—refuge from the hulking, eyeless things they call Ghosts and other creatures that hunt beyond the fortress walls.

Sold as a child, then raised hard in the System, the Orphan has a mission. She carries secrets about the destruction that brought the world to its knees. And she's about to discover that the past still holds power over the present. Given an impossible choice, will the Orphan save the only home she knows or see it returned to dust? Both paths lead to blood, but whose will be spilled?

With propulsive pacing, a rich, broken language all its own, and a protagonist whose grit and charisma are matched by a relentless drive to know, The Year of the Orphan is a thriller of the future you won’t want to put down.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628729924
Publisher: Arcade
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 466,872
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dan Findlay is a historian by training and a writer for kids by trade. Dan has over ten years’ experience editing Australia’s leading youth magazines. He also has over a decade of freelance experience as a writer and photographer for Rolling Stone Australia as well as contributing the odd music story to the Sydney Morning Herald and writing for a wide variety of other pop culture titles. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

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Year of the Orphan: A Novel 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Year of the Orphan by Daniel Findlay is a recommended dystopian set in a post-apocalyptic future. The orphan's family was killed and she was sold into slavery as a child to the Old Man in the corrupt settlement known as the System. She makes a living looking for scrape buried in the sand-blasted landscape of the Australian Outback. As she treks across the land on foot or riding her sand ship, she is constantly pursued by the Reckoner. She needs to escape from him and the ghosts she encounters, as well as other creatures, human or animal. The story is excellent, after you fight and struggle your way through the broken, invented language. For those willing to invest the time to work their way through the language, the plot provides a great payback, but the language is also the great stumbling block in this post-apocalyptic thriller. The orphan is a great character, and is well developed, but, again, you have to fight your way through the invented dialect to learn this. Basically, the dialect will hinder the story for many readers, so I can't say this is a well-written book. It is well-conceived and plotted, but the language becomes a stumbling block that most readers will have to make a conscious choice to power through. In the end I was glad I forced myself to keep reading for the narrative, but there were times when I was ready to toss the novel aside because sometimes the language just felt like too much work. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Simon & Schuster.