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Publisher's Summary

Stranded in the desert, the last of mankind is kept safe by a large border fence...until the fence falls.
Squid is a young orphan living under the oppressive rule of his uncle in the outskirts of the Territory. Lynn is a headstrong girl with an influential father who has spent her entire life within the walled city of Alice.
When the border fence is breached, the Territory is invaded by the largest horde of undead ghouls seen in 200 years. Squid is soon conscripted into the Diggers - the armed forces of the Territory. And after Lynn finds herself at odds with the Territory's powerful church, she too escapes to join the Diggers.
Together Squid and Lynn form an unlikely friendship as they march to battle against the ghouls. Their journey will take them further than they ever imagined, leading them closer to discovering secrets about themselves, their world, and a conspiracy that may spell the end of the Territory as they know it.
©2014 Justin Woolley (P)2017 Justin Woolley
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4 out of 5 stars
By MEDY L on 10-12-17

Book 1

This was your average good fantasy book - enjoyable and action-packed for the most part. There were a few parts where I felt the story dragged a bit and a couple of in my opinion unnecessary scenes. I really liked Lynn, but I think there were not enough chapters from her point of view, especially as I felt that she and Squid were equally protagonists

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5 out of 5 stars
By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-12-17

Great start!

This was actually really really good!! Not perfect but near enough that I'll give it the 4.5 stars. Set in the Australian outback centuries after The Reckoning, this focuses on Lynnette, who wants to be a Digger but can't because she is a girl and Squid, who is recruited into the Diggers.

The world building was great, though I wanted a little more back story on the Reckoning. I loved the setting of this, especially where the Diggers were located. I also loved the spin the author took on the typical Zombies, named Ghouls here!! These ones are dry. They literally suck the moisture from a person and then that person becomes a Ghoul too.

The best thing about the book though, are the characters. I loved both Squid and Lynette. Squid grew up on his uncles farm and was badly treated. He is conscripted to the diggers but starts to shine in certain ways. Lynette meanwhile was awesome. Her dad was in the Diggers and that's all she wants to do, but because she is a girl she can't! But when the fence is breached and the ghouls come through, it's all hands on deck!

In all, this was a well written and developed story. I loved so much about it and devoured the audio. There is so much going on during the book that it's very hard to put down. Plus the ending was intriguing and I can't wait to read it!!

Hannah Engel surprised me!! This seems to be her debut narration and she pretty much nailed it. She showed emotion and really brought the characters to life. I look forward to hearing more from her.

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Pat on 07-26-17


A quite unique take on the zombie genre. Set in a fascinating world of steam-punk post-apocalyptic central Australia. Highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By ReviewerA on 07-04-17

Dystopian YA with Australian heart.

This story focuses on two characters who dream of being something they're not. Lynn wants to be a solider but she is not allowed to because she is a girl, and Squid wants to go to school and have the courage to face the world outside of the dirt farm upon which he lives. Set in the desert heart of Australia, this story examines war, politics, religion, and teenage isolation, amid a world overrun with ghouls. Despite this, it's not overly dark or depressing. The characters are well-rounded, the world-building great, and the evolving story is intriguing as characters scheme and lives hang in the balance. An exciting start to this series!

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