Title: Avian by Emma Pullar
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Date Published: 4th September
CENTRAL IS LOSING ITS GRIP ON THE CITIZENS OF GALE CITY.
Megan Skyla, who refused to play by Central’s rules and become a surrogate for her masters, has thrown the city into chaos. Corrupting those around her, she and her friends are forced into hiding – hunted by Central, the evil rulers of Gale City. Skyla’s desperate attempts to keep everyone alive ends when they’re kidnapped by feuding gangs.
Skyla cuts a deal and then betrays both gangs. Now there is nowhere left to run. It’s the desert or die. Her best friend, Crow, thinks she still wants to find a way to cure the Morbian masters of their obesity and finish what she started.
But Skyla has other plans. She’s sure there are settlements in the desert, there must be something out there … and there is. Something terrible.
Skyla is about to find out there’s more than one way to bring about change but one truth remains … Central must be destroyed in order to ensure her survival. There is no other way.
Skyla has uncovered the truth that Central has been trying so desperately to hide. Everything that they’ve been told about Skels and Mobihans is built on lies and they will stop at nothing to silence her.
Skyla is still reeling from events in the last book Skeletal and is hell bent on revenge but with a bounty on her head it makes it impossible for her to hide. In an attempt to save her friends, Dove, Andia, Crow and Cara she ends up in the hands of a murderous gang who put her through mind bending trials to join their ranks.
But Skyla has another plan, betraying the gang she sets out into the desert to find other survivors cast out of Gale City but they have a traitor in their midst. Will she and her friends survive?
So this is the second in this dystopian series, I would highly recommend reading the first, Skeletal, (you can read my review here) just because you will miss a lot of background otherwise.
This is one of those books that I found a little creepy and unsettling much like the first but I have to keep on reading because I have to find out what happens next!
I will warn those of you with a sensitive stomach that there are quite a few gut churning scenes within the book, that even me, a hardened crime fan, made me feel a little nauseous.
In the first book, the story revolves around Skels (basically the slaves of Gale City) of which Skyla is one and the Morbihans (the overweight humanoid creatures who control them). This book we get to see more of the underbelly of Gale City, focusing on it’s warring gangs and the strange and sick people who control them. Also we get to see outside the dome which everybody lives and the monstrous creatures who lurk in the desert.
Skyla has a really tough journey in this book, the author certainly doesn’t pull any punches throwing her into constant danger. She’s also eaten away by guilt, tortured physically and mentally her grip on reality is getting a little shaky. Yet through that she still remains true to her friends and tries her best to save them. To make things even more complicated, her relationship with Crow her former best friend becomes a little more awkward, he has feeling for her but Skyla’s feeling are definitely in the ‘it’s complicated’ realm.
Overall Avian is an action packed and brutal dystopian tale of revenge, betrayal and friendship but not for the faint of heart.
Emma Pullar is a writer of dark fiction and Children’s books. Her picture book, Curly from Shirley, was a national bestseller and named best opening lines by NZ Post. Emma has also written several winning short horror/Sci-fi stories which have been published in four different anthologies. Emma’s latest picture book, Kitty Stuck, has been hugely popular and her novel, Skeletal, and the sequel, Avian, have been described as disturbing and not for the faint-hearted. She also writes articles for an online advice site called Bang2write and dabbles in screenwriting.