Night of the Party

...a furious dystopian shoulder-shake… Mathias’s debut is a hundred-decibel alarm call. The Guardian

…The best dystopias always feel plausible; it’s rare to read one that feels it could be only a few years away… A thrilling story with a terrifying real-world resonance. The Irish Times

…Told with convincing emotional authenticity by the two protagonists in turn, this is a story that will keep readers gripped through every twist and turn – and leave them with plenty to think about. (Teach Secondary)


In a near future dystopian Britain, 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 the death of his sister Sophie 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 she’s not BB. When they 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.



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