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The Drowning Day

Written by Anne Cassidy

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The Drowning Day Review

Adventure Stories Ecological and Environmental Interest - Fiction Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Thrillers

Devastating floods, disease, restricted freedom of movement, and courage - this dystopian thriller is a resonant must-read

Set in 2052, Anne Cassidy’s dystopian eco-thriller The Drowning Day packs tremendous of-the-moment-punch. The writing is lucid, pacey and richly-evocative, making it ideal for reluctant and avid readers alike. Alongside being a gripping story of courage and survival, it’s sure to spark much thought around climate change, attitudes towards “outsiders”, and the exploitation of girls and young women.

Jade lives with her beloved dying granddaddy in the Wetlands, a place that’s doomed to destruction. Granddaddy can remember the past-world before the floods came, a time when people had cars and were free to travel. Though life has changed for everyone in this era of extreme flooding, some still have more than others, and this divided society is brilliantly evoked, with a sharp distinction drawn between the have-lots of High-Town and the have-nots of everywhere else.

On his deathbed, Granddaddy gives Jade a key and instructs her to find a man named Charlie Diamond to exchange it for a means to get into High-Town, where her sister Mona now lives. “It’s a bad place, Jade. If I don’t make it, you have to get her out”, he warns. When feared “ferals” steal the key, Jade’s friend Bates admits he knows one of its members, Samson. While the ferals are forbidden to live on land and it’s against the law to talk to them, Jade and Bates enlist Samson’s help as sirens warn of another imminent deluge.

With the importance of family, friendship and community shining through a thrilling, thought-provoking race against time to save loved ones, The Drowning Day is a dazzler of dystopian fiction.

Joanne Owen

The Drowning Day Synopsis

When the floods come, truth rises to the surface.

It's 2052, a time when enormous floods can devastate the land at any moment. Jade lives in the Wetlands, a place that will be devastated by the floods. Safety can be found behind the walls of North-Hampton, but it's a town steeped in prejudice against Wetlanders.

When the siren sounds the flood-warning, Jade and local boy, Bates, must join with outcast Samson to head to North-Hampton. But the threesome are carrying secrets, secrets that are even more dangerous than the impending floodwaters.

A thrilling, thought-provoking story of survival and hope, from the award-winning author of Looking For JJ.

The Drowning Day Press Reviews

‘A thrilling ecological dystopia. Horribly convincing! One to look out for.’ Joy Court, YLG

‘Anne Cassidy brings all her skills as a writer to this exciting and thought provoking dystopian novel. With its themes of climate change catastrophe and pandemic panic, it could not be more relevant. A must read for young readers today if we are to avoid the future she so convincingly describes.’ Celia Rees, author of The Witch Child

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ISBN: 9781912979752
Publication date: 07/04/2022
Publisher: UCLan Publishing
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912979752
Publication date: 7th April 2022
Author: Anne Cassidy
Publisher: UCLan Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 172 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Ecological and Environmental, Thrillers
Collections: Eco Reads - 70 books for a Greener Future,

About Anne Cassidy

Anne Cassidy lives in Essex. She was a teacher for twenty years. Her first book was published in 1991 and she has since published over twenty teen novels. She is the author of Looking for JJ, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award 2004 and the Carnegie Medal 2005 and won the 2004 Booktrust Teenage Book Award.  As a crime writer, inspiration for Anne’s books often comes from news stories of teen crime. Anne is also interested in the philosophical aspect of murder. She says, ‘People take great delight in reading Crime Fiction. Why is this? We live in ...

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