I am Traitor by Sif Sigmarsdottir

I am Traitor

Written by Sif Sigmarsdottir

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In a Nutshell: Killer concept sci-fi with contemporary kick

Extra-terrestrial invasions, an honourable teen girl fighting to save the human race, this UK debut for a much-admired, bestselling Icelandic author is a Pandora’s box of page-turning action, with added aliens. Think War of the Worlds meets The Hunger Games, meets Michael Grant’s Gone.

Amy’s story begins in a recognisable London, in which she watches cat videos on YouTube, chats to best friend Matilda online, and where she and her brother try to bypass parental Internet restrictions. But this is also a London in which sinister metallic arms snake down from the sky and suck teenagers from sight, among them people Amy holds dearest. An atmosphere of devastating distrust and tension is evoked as Amy realises that the survival of the human race might just depend on her.

It really is refreshing to see such sweepingly original sci-fi with a relatable, fully formed female protagonist and, what’s more, Amy must volunteer herself and fight without recourse to special powers – it’s her humanity that sets her apart. Suzanne Collins fans, meet your new must-read author. This is a blast of a book. ~ Joanne Owen


I am Traitor by Sif Sigmarsdottir

London has been targeted by extra-terrestrial life; large pipes fall from the sky, sucking teenagers up into a world that is entirely unimaginable. Amy Sullivan surrenders in a quest to save the teenage population. But nobody can prepare her for what's on the other side of the pipes; a grim and gruelling dystopian world run a specialised government. In order to save the human race, she must literally fight the other species. And someone has given her something they say will save the planet, if she is willing to believe them. At the end of the world, who can you really trust?


Sigmarsdottir does an excellent job of balancing the personal conflicts with the horror of the big picture. It's funny and sweethearted too, and there's light in the darkness. * SciFi Now * The book is a great read, weaving a teenage love story deftly into a fast-paced adventure story, with a modern teenager out of her depth but still doing her best to try to save her world. * Crime Review * Sigmarsdottir does an excellent job of balancing the personal conflicts with the big picture... it's funny and sweet-hearted too, and there's light in the darkness -- Jonathan Hatfull * SciFiNow Magazine * I Am Traitor was gripping from the very first page... I couldn't put it down. * Be My Anchorr Blog * [Sif] definitely has a gift for realistic world-building, and I definitely look forward to whatever she may come up with. * Turn That Page blog * [Sif] quickly became an author whom I'm going to keep my eyes out for... I couldn't put I am Traitor down at all. * Lair of a Book Dragon * I Am Traitor was consistently exciting and surprising, beyond the alien invasion concept it was wholly unique and with a very fascinating cast of characters, from kick-ass teens to traitors. * Page to Stage Reviews * Sif Sigmarsdottir has done a sterling job of spinning a War of the Worlds tale recast with a young and female central character and a modern setting. * The Bookbag * Suzanne Collins fans, meet your new must-read author. * Lovereading4kids * There is much to keep a reader engaged, while also raising questions about morality and courage with a reasonably light touch. * The Irish Times * A fast-paced, funny and thrilling read. War Of The Worlds for the YouTube generation. * The Sun *

About the Author

Sif Sigmasdottir is an author and a journalist from Iceland. Sif has been writing children's books for ten years and her novels for teenagers and young adults are bestsellers in Iceland. Her most recent book, Freya's Saga, was nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize, the most prestigious literary award in Iceland. Having obtained an MA in children's literature from the University of Reading in 2003, Sif now lives in London. This is her English debut.

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292 pages


Sif Sigmarsdottir
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Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

7th September 2017




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