#LoveNZYA Throwback Thursday (#3)

Throwback Thursday  edition is our way of spreading the love of backlist Kiwi books that you might have missed. We'll hopefully be posting a new book every second week, and we'd love you to join us!

Brooklynne's pick

Title: Juno Of Taris (Juno #1)
Author: Fleur Beale
Released: 4th July 2008
Publisher: Random House Australia
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What happens when life in a perfect, protected bubble unravels? Juno is about to find out.

Your ordinary teen? Not quite! Because Juno lives — in the not-too-distant future — on Taris, a bubble-covered island in the Pacific, to which a select few hundred people were evacuated when Earth's inhabitants took everything just a bit too far and began to self-destruct. On Taris there are many rules governing appearance, behaviour, even procreation ... but all are for the good of the community, to ensure the survival of humankind. Or are they?

As Taris' protected environment begins to break down and Juno's questioning nature takes hold, she uncovers some startling inconsistencies in many of the 'factual' histories she has grown up with. She also begins to develop some quite startling, almost supernatural, abilities. As Juno faces increasing danger, she finds allies in the most surprising places.

Juno Of Taris is the first novel in an exciting YA fantasy series.

why i chose it

When I first read this book it blew me away. It is easy to want to champion for Juno as she steps out as no longer accepting the ways she is supposed to live without question. What starts with her not wanting to shave her head starts a rebellion. This thrilling novel kept me on the edge of my seat as with each shove Juno makes against the rule we discover something new.

Watching Juno's world unravel around her was one of the most heart thudding and intense things of my life. It was well written and absolutely emotionally charged. This is a great book for those who are fans of novels like The Hunger Games, Hive, The City of Ember, or We Set The Dark on Fire.

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