Release Date: June 27th 2016.
Publisher:Text Publishing Australia.
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Pitched as Tomorrow When the War Began for a new generation.
The Road To Winter tells the story of Finn Morrison, a sixteen year old boy surviving – with only his dog, Rowdy, for company – in a quarantined coastal town after a massive virus has wiped out most of the population, including his own community. He survives by hunting, fishing and trapping, all the while staying clear of the ruthless Wilders, who rule the land to the north. When Rose, an escaped Siley – the name given to asylum seekers who have been sold off at public slave auctions – is chased into town by Wilders, Finn leads her to safety and they form a wary alliance. But the secret she carries will change his life forever….
A terrible virus has swept through Australia, affecting mainly women. (Creepy!)
Finn has survived on his own for the past two years, hiding out with his dog and a secret stash of food and fuel. He catches rabbits and surfs to past the time, just surviving.
And then a girl comes along, needing Finn’s help. The Wilders, a gang of men who terrorize anyone and everyone to get what they want, want the girl.
Finn keeps the girl, Rose, hidden, and by doing so, has brought danger into his life. Rose has been separated from her sister, and is determined to find her. Finn agrees to help Rose find her. But Rose is carrying a huge secret – a secret set to change everything.
The Road To Winter was an exciting read with many twists and turns to keep you holding your breath. I was hardly able to put it down! Finn with his growly voice, so human, so life-like, sunk deep into my heart. He was so brave and caring, and willing to do what was right.
There is a beautiful start to a surprising love story, which I adored, and I’m so glad it went the way it did.
This book was so wonderfully written, so intense, so emotion packed, so action packed, a fantastic story with an ending that had me begging for more!This was an incredible story. Mark Smith is a talented writer and I can’t wait to read more of this book.
The Road To Winter is a must read, I can’t recommend it enough.