Published by Hot Key Books
I am thoroughly enjoying reading my way through the Carnegie Winners list. This was the winner in 2013, and it is fantastic.
Set in a dystopian future, which feels rather like the 1950s, Standish Treadwell and his family live in Zone 7 under a brutal government who have closed off the entire country, referenced only as The Motherland, from the rest of the world. The Government is issuing enormous amounts of propaganda about a moon landing that the country is about to make, live on television.
Standish and his friend Hector understand that it is best not to draw attention to yourself, if you do, then it is likely that you will disappear, to where, nobody knows.
I don't want to write too much of the plot for fear of giving things away. What I will say is that it is brutal, there is violence, although nothing gratuitous. It is aimed at the Young Adult market, and I can image if I read this at say 12 or 13 years old it would have stopped me in my tracks and made me think about what is going on in the world, there really are people out there who live in a world just like the one Standish inhabits. Even as an adult it hasn't left me, weeks after I read it. If you don't know what to read next, find yourself a copy of this. It is a book you will be glad you have read.