…A furious dystopian shoulder-shake… Mathias’s debut is a hundred decibel alarm call… The Guardian.
Shortlisted for the Bristol Teen Book Award, the Great Reads Award and the SCBWI Crystal Kite.
A 2019 White Raven.
In a near-future England, the governing Party has introduced ultra right wing, nationalist policies, including the British Born (BB) rule, by which only those born in Britain have the right to live here. Anyone else is an ‘illegal’, subject to immediate arrest and deportation.
Ash is BB, safe, and privileged, but still mourning his sister Sophie who died in a drug-related accident at a party. Sophie’s friend Zara is the only person who knows the truth about Sophie’s death. But Zara’s not BB.
When she and Ash meet and fall in love, Zara is faced with an impossible decision: to reveal the truth and risk the future she had hoped for, or to keep the secret that Ash desperately needs to know.