"A game-changing thriller about two teenagers a generation apart, connected by one bullet with the power to devastate both of their lives."
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2022 | September 2021 Debut of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month August 2021
This gripping thriller with a high octane plot and full-on characters takes its readers on an amazing journey across two time frames and in and out of real science and maths while also vividly capturing contemporary teenage life. Esso and Rhia, from different times and, in reality, from different generations, are brought together by chance and, from then on, must work out how best to understand the Upper World and all its secrets. Femi Fadugba’s debut novel will delight and challenge readers.
The judges for The Branford Boase Award commented: ‘strong characters and the science element was cleverly woven in’; ‘it flips the traditional urban narrative in a really interesting way’; ‘the teen voice is spot on’; ‘the timeline is very well-controlled’; ‘I can see this really landing with teenage readers’.
An engaging book with beautiful storyline full of suspense
The Upper World is an amazing time travelling book with lots of surprises and suspense throughout the storyline. As the Chapters leap between Esso and Rhia, the plot thickens and builds suspense with every word. I loved the writing style of this book and the two main characters Esso and Rhia as they discover more secrets, the story takes turns you wouldn't expect. The plot is very engaging and interesting as Esso starts to see the future after a car accident and Rhia's life starts becoming more confusing.