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!

Kelly's Pick

Title: The Bridge (Southside #1)
Author: Jane Higgins
Released: August 1st 2011
Publisher: Text Publishing
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The Tomorrow series meets The Hunger Games, in a divided city where danger is real and friendship is everything

The city is at war.

Southside, the hostiles live in squalor and desperation. They’re hungry to cross the river. Cityside, Internal Security is in charge. Its job, keep the hostiles at bay.

It recruits only the best for its elite command. Nik is smart. Very smart. So why is he rejected?

Before he can find out, his school is bombed. The hostiles have taken the bridges, and they’ve kidnapped Fyffe’s brother Sol.

Now Nik is on the run. And Fyffe is going with him. Across the bridge.

Nik is still in high school but destined for a great career with the Internal Security and Intelligence Services. But when ISIS comes recruiting, everyone is shocked when he isn't chosen. There must be an explanation, but no one will talk about it. Then the school is bombed and the hostiles take the bridges. Buildings are burning, kids are dead and the hostiles have kidnapped Sol. Now ISIS is hunting for Nik.

why i chose it

It was beautifully written and incredibly engaging. Although I couldn't connect to any of the characters on a personal level, the world building was brilliant. The unrest between both societies is intense, but the political conflict brewing between the Breken adds another layer to the hostile world Nik is left to navigate. If you're looking for a new name in dystopian that isn't weighed down by an awkward romance or teen angst, The Bridge is pure entertainment.

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1 comment

  1. This sounds really intriguing!
    It's a bit =( that you couldn't connect to any characters, though. But sometimes that just happens. The world building is something also intrigues me. I love seeing worlds that people create.
    Hahah, you totally have me at "isn't weighed down by an awkward romance or teen angst". =D


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