Published Apr 2013
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BRANFORD BOASE AWARD 2013
A stunningly beautiful novel about a young boy’s survival during a winter that never ends.
2059. The snow begins to fall. Only the few are prepared. A new ice-age has begun.
Born after the snows, fifteen-year-old straggler kid Willo Blake has never known a life outside hunting and trapping in the hills. When his family mysteriously disappears, leaving him alone on a freezing mountain, Willo sets off into the unknown to find them.
Meanwhile, across Britain, outlawed followers of survivalist John Blovyn are planning an escape to the fabled Islands talked of in a revolutionary book. When Willo meets an abandoned girl on his trek across the hills, his world collides with outlaws and halfmen on an epic journey that leads him to the new world of the city – a place where the dog spirit inside his head cannot help him.
It is a journey of betrayal and violence.
A journey of awakening love and humanity. A journey that changes everything he ever thought he knew.