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This story is action packed, with twists that I could never have predicted and I would recommend for readers in the older YA market.
When a fascist majority has control of Parliament, certain groups of people are considered illegal, from there we follow a family looking to escape the patrols, finding others in underground hideaways, where they can work to fight back. 'The Fifth’ by Chris Sykes is a split narrative, focussing on siblings Jenny and Jack, separated early in the book, and their paths as part of rebel forces. The story is set in York, and as a northerner I liked to be able to follow the characters down recognisable streets made unfamiliar in the author’s world. I found that this book is well-written and, although it begins as a dystopian thriller, soon develops strong sci-fi elements that aren’t to be missed by science fiction fans. Dealing with a host of delicate subjects (with a trigger warning that also includes a message of hope at the start of the book which I appreciated) I feel that the author navigates this story well. It is very well-written and I was immersed in the character development of both Jenny and Jack, following on with Jenny’s missions and hoping for improvements for Jack. This story is action packed, with twists that I could never have predicted and I would recommend for readers in the older YA market. I was eager to find out exactly what was happening and wanted to read the book in one sitting.
Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador
With a fascist majority in the British Parliament, the UK falls to the hatred unleashed by that vote. When the government is no longer held to account, new laws are passed making certain people illegal. They are hunted by the Patrol. But under the streets of York lies a maze of tunnels, built from history, and filled with society’s rejects. When one family tries to flee, Jenny finds her long lost father. Her brother, Jack, is taken north to join the British Liberation Army. This is the action-packed thriller about the unchecked hatred flooding a nation. Revolution is coming. Will The Fifth be ready?
*Contains strong language, violence, and one character experiments with self-harm.