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Publication Date: 13 May 2021
Subject: Older teen novels
Suitable for: Secondary (Year 10, Year 11, Year 12, Year 13)
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As the air on Earth runs out, a teenage girl enjoys travels around Madrid and Paris with her apparently long-lost cousin but soon starts to suspect that she may have an agenda
What would you do when you hear the news that humans have done such damage to the earth that there might only be a limited amount of safe air left - a year's worth at most?
You'd work through your bucket list, heal rifts, do everything you've never been brave enough to do before?
Olivia is struggling to do any of this. What it is she truly wants to do? Who does she wants to be?
Then out of the blue comes contact from a long-lost cousin Olivia didn't even know existed. Natasha is everything Olivia wants to be and more.
And as the girls meet up for a long, hot last summer, Olivia finds Natasha's ease and self-confidence having an effect on her.
But Natasha definitely isn't everything she first appears to be...
NOTE : There is spot-foiling on the front cover and spine.
This combines a timely premise and a mystery element sort of like the Talented Mr Ripley but with the end of the world looming? You might feel like you don't want to read about how the world might end on a particular date in September due to a shortage of air (I wasn't sure I did right at this moment!). But the idea of everyone on earth spending one last hedonistic summer ticking everything off their bucket list just in case is very appealing and the plot here does interesting things with it showing us how different characters and the wider world in general cope with their impending doom. We are quickly distracted by the mystery of Olivia's cousin Natasha and what her agenda really is. She arrives suddenly and whisks Olivia away to a life as a glamorous grifter, making money from unsuspecting tourists with street magic tricks and 'psychic' readings but all is soon revealed as Olivia becomes suspicious and also keen to use her newly found confidence to forge her own identity away from her magnetic, over-bearing cousin. The great characters and writing make for a wholly entertaining and thought-provoking read.