ISBN: 9780702263132
Series Number: 2
Published: 30-03-2021
The sequel to Claire Zorn’s acclaimed debut The Sky So Heavy. A heart-stopping dystopian YA set in the Australian bush. Instinct has kept us alive so far. It’s like a compass and I tune in to the needle often: trust/don’t trust, run/stay … I can’t read the needle right now. The warmth of the room is clouding my judgment. In the midst of a nuclear winter, Lucy, Fin and Max flee the chaos of Sydney…

‘When We Are Invisible’ is set in a post-apocalyptic society surrounding the outer suburbs of Sydney. Max, Lucy and Finn have just escaped the boundaries of the city and have made it to an old campsite that has been turned into a safe place where there is food, water, and shelter. The language and expression of this book makes for a very intense and suspenseful read. The topics that are talked about and touched on in this book are very real-world and sensitive topics that display just how cruel the real world, even if post-apocalyptic, can be. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dystopian books and books that deal with real life issues and I think that this book would be suitable for people aged 14+. The themes line-up similarly to ‘Road to Winter’ (By Mark Smith) and the styles are quite similar too, with ‘When We Are Invisible’ being more suited towards young adults. Overall, this book was fascinating, suspenseful, intriguing and a wonderful read.

Book review by Poppy Year 8 (Beaconhills College)