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MARTians

By Blythe Woolston

Award-winning author Blythe Woolston conjures an alien yet strangely familiar world of big box stores and suburban decay. Here, daily routine revolves around shopping – for those who can. For Zoë, the mission is simpler: live.

Sharp and satirical, this dark comedy will appeal to fans of M.T. Anderson's groundbreaking dystopia, Feed. An unsettling story of consumerism gone mad, MARTians brilliantly imagines "a world that is part Kafka and part Orwell" (Booklist). Last girl Zoë Zindleman, numerical ID 009-99-9999, is starting work at AllMART, where "your smile is the AllMART welcome mat”. Her living arrangements are equally bleak: she can wait for her home to be repossessed now that AnnaMom has left, or move to the Warren, an abandoned shopping centre, to live with the other left-behind children. As Zoë struggles to find her place in a world that has consumed itself beyond redemption, she realizes she isn’t ready to disappear into the AllMART abyss quite yet. Zoë wants to live.

  • With the zaniness of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and the message at the heart of Sophie Kinsella's Confessions of a Shopoholic, this is both an eerie and darkly comic imagining of consumerism left unchecked.
  • The best kind of speculative fiction: literary, tautly paced and just crazy enough to be plausible.
  • References to Ray Bradbury's science-fiction classic The Martian Chronicles "enhance the mood of eerie devastation... A gorgeous and gut wrenchingly familiar depiction of the entropic fragmentation of society." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

About the author

Blythe Woolston's first novel, The Freak Observer, won the William C. Morris Debut Award. She is also the author of Black Helicopters, an American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. Blythe Woolston lives in Billings, Montana, USA.

ISBN: 9781406341393
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm, 224pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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