Leah escapes the siege in her school, but she can't avoid wrestling with impossible choices in this topical, terrifying new novel that's essential reading for teens everywhere.
Leah Jackson - in detention. Then armed Year 9s burst in, shooting. She escapes, just. But the new Lock Down system for keeping intruders out is now locking everyone in. She takes to the ceilings and air vents with another student, Anton, and manages to use her mobile to call out to the world. First: survive the gang - the so-called 'Eternal Knights'.
Second: rescue other kids taken hostage, and one urgently needing medical help.
Outside, parents gather, the army want intelligence, television cameras roll, psychologists give opinions, sociologists rationalise, doctors advise - and they all want a piece of Leah. Soon her phone battery is running out; the SAS want her to reconnoitre the hostage area ...
But she is guarding a terrifying conviction. Her brother, Connor, is at the centre of this horror. Is he with the Eternal Knights or just a pawn
She remembers. All those times Connor reached out for help ... If she'd listened, voiced her fears about him earlier, would things be different now Should she give up her brother
With only Anton for company, surviving by wits alone, Leah wrestles with the terrible choices ...
Mussi's message cuts through the violence and suspense, leaving us with much more than cheap generic thrills - Adelaide Review
Mussi's novel is not a pointless teen splatter-fest but a chilling political satire - The Sydney Morning Herald
Violent, shocking and thought-provoking, this powerful novel for older teenagers is set in the near future and addresses issues of love and personal responsibility, disadvantage and state control. - Booktrust
This is a fantastic piece of writing; powerful and compelling. A gripping thriller... underpinned with serious political content. - Carousel
Sarah Mussi's first novel, The Door of No Return won the Glen Dimplex Children's Book of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award amongst others. Her second novel, The Last of the Warrior Kings was shortlisted for the Lewisham Book Award. Sarah is currently the Chair of CWISL (Children's Writers and Illustrators in South London) an active group of contemporary children's writers and illustrators who run creative writing workshops and festivals for children.
Sarah was born in Cheltenham, raised in the Cotswolds, attended Pates Grammar School for Girls, got a BA in Fine Art from Winchester School of Art and an MA from the Royal College of Art. She spent over fifteen years in West Africa as a teacher and now teaches English in Lewisham.