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The Citizens of this future world drift contentedly, their every emotion regulated. There is no pain, no suffering, no evil. And no freedom. Just safety and drug-induced happiness. But a small group, known as the Outsiders, crave real emotion, real freedom, even suffering. To them, the power of ideas and language cannot die - it is essential to being human. And they have a plan to change society. For years, a group of 'special' young people have been raised to have the strength and knowledge to overthrow the system. Now, when a deadly virus strikes, four of these teenagers, Livia, Cassandra, Marcus and Tavius must act quickly to infiltrate the sinister headquarters of the Governators and corrupt the system. But their plan carries enormous risk. Can they discover the chilling secret behind this saccharine dystopia? Are they really only 'handfuls of dust and splinters of bone'?
|Publication date:||14th October 2004|
|Publisher:||Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
Nicola lives near Edinburgh with her husband, two daughters, and a dog. After obtaining a degree in Classics and Philosophy, her various past jobs have included cooking business lunches and plucking turkeys. She worked as an English teacher for 16 years and has promoted child literacy for many years. She has written over 70 non-fiction titles, many of them best sellers, but achieved a 21 year-old ambition with her critically acclaimed novels, Mondays Are Red and Fleshmarket, which won a Scottish Arts Council Award in 2004. Nicola's favourite pastimes are reading, glass painting, creating mosaics, reviewing and cooking. She hates gardening, but likes nothing ...More About Nicola Morgan