#BookReview: Year of the Orphan by Daniel Findlay

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Most of em looked like they mighta once been human but that wun, that wund been more beast than anything else. Sum kinda merge like she’d heard in the darkest tale, a thing not quite all animal an smart enough to hunt ya blind. Beast enough to open ya up like barbed wire across the belly.

Daniel Findlay is an exciting new voice in Australian fiction, with his debut novel a stylistically brave and provocative page-turner!

The distinctive language draws you into a post-apocalyptic Australian landscape, wrought with destruction, desolation, and scavengers. Whilst some might find the main character’s dialogue jarring, the rhythm of the prose works with the Orphan herself and the unfolding narrative to paint an emotionally raw and devastated new world that weaves elements of classic dystopian novels to create something entirely different.

There is something believably chilling about ‘The System’ – a walled dessert community that fears the past and the undoing that it left – and an intensity that encompasses you as you read that will not relinquish until you’ve read right to the very eerie, yet somewhat hopeful end.

This is a book that deserves to become an Australian classic and is sure to devour a piece of your heart every time you read it!