Title: Skeletal by Emma Pullar
Publisher: Bloodhound Books.
Gale City is the last city in the world and under the strict control of the illusive Centrals.
When females reach adulthood, they’re given the chance to compete at Showcase for the honour of becoming surrogates for the Morbihan – a highly intelligent, obese race of people, unable to procreate naturally. All the other girls are excited to become hosts, all except Megan Skyla.
Convinced there’s more to life, Skyla teams up with an unlikely friend and they go in search of a cure for the Morbihan condition. Things don’t go to plan and their journey becomes a harrowing quest fraught with danger and deceit.
How can Skyla discover the truth when everything she’s been told is a lie? Can anyone in Gale City ever really be free?
Skyla is about to discover that freedom has a price and she’s going have the fight to survive.
Skeletal is a disturbing vision of the future and a literary thriller unlike any other.
Set in a dystopian future, it follows the story of a Skel named Skyla. Skels are seen as workers, to use and abused until their usefulness runs out but certain ones are used as ‘hosts’ to bear the children of the so-called superior race called the Morbihan’s. Skyla is selected to be one of these hosts but she has never been good at following rules. With the help of Bunce, a young morb who doesn’t want to become immobile and overweight like the rest of his race, she sets out to find a cure for the Mobihan condition.
Now I’ve been reading Bloodhound books for a few months now, and I can safely say this book is nothing like anything I’ve ever read from this publisher before.
This book was an emotional rollercoaster for me, making me angry, teary and occasionally a little nauseous.
Emma Pullar has created a very disturbing and vivid world. I’m not going to lie, it’s not the easiest of reads and is a little slow to start off with, but stick with it, it’s worth it.
Skyla seems to be a product of this harsh world. Frankly at the beginning of the novel, I didn’t find her that likeable (that’s it’s understandable when you’re seen as either disposable or as an incubator) but as the story went on and we find out more about her, I grew to like her a bit more. I absolutely loved Bunce, he’s clumsy and naive but it’s obvious that he cares for Skyla.
I hope this is not the last I’ll be reading about Skyla.
If you enjoyed the Hunger Games or Maze Runner and are looking for something a little more adult, this is the book for you.
Emma Pullar is a writer of dark fiction and children’s books. Her picture book, Curly from Shirley, went to number four on the national bestseller list and was named best opening lines by NZ Post. You can read her SJV Award shortlisted horror story, London’s Crawling, in the Dark Minds charity collection and her dystopian sci-fi story, Old Trees Don’t Bend, in The Anthropocene Chronicles. Emma has also written three shortlisted stories for Create50 which are awaiting the winner announcement. Her debut novel SKELETAL published by Bloodhound Books is due for release 27th October 2017.
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