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Like every child in Is-Land, all Astra Ordott wants is to have her Security Shot, do her National Service and defend her Gaian homeland from Non-Lander "infiltrators". But when one of her Shelter mothers, the formidable Dr Hokma Blesser, tells her the shot will limit her chances of becoming a scientist and offers her an alternative, Astra agrees to her plan. 

When the orphaned Lil arrives to share Astra's home, Astra is torn between jealousy and fascination. Lil's father taught her some alarming ideas about Is-Land and the world, but when she pushes Astra too far, the heartache that results goes far beyond the loss of a friend. 

If she is to survive, Astra must learn to deal with devastating truths about Is-Land, Non-Land, and the secret web of adult relationships that surrounds her.

©2015 Naomi Foyle (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"I enjoyed Astra immensely. The novel's plot is fascinating ... all of it set down in Foyle's smooth and flowing writing style" (A Fantastical Librarian)

"A complex and daring literary story." (Upcoming4me)

"This ambitious, thought-provoking take on a dystopian future paints a depressingly credible picture of environmental collapse . . . as events go hurtling towards the book's dramatic conclusion, I couldn't put it down . . ." (Brain Fluff)

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