THE SACRIFICE is a futuristic novel set in the top of the North Island and the Pacific. Decades earlier, eruptions around the Pacific 'ring of fire', and consequent devastating tsunami, had annihilated Western civilization and technology, along with most of the population. Those who survive revert to hunter-gatherer mode, both in the absence of technology and in the belief that technology and even crop cultivation were the cause of the catastrophe. There is a return to a belief in elemental gods; some exploiting this as a means of social control. However, in the harsh new climate, and with ever-diminishing resources due to no cultivation or husbandry, youth are selected as The Chosen to travel into the unknown and save their people. One of these is Taka, a gifted dancer ...A futuristic novel set in the top of the North Island and the Pacific by an award-winning writer. Age: teenage/young adult
Finalist in the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2012
A gripping quest that pushes the boundaries of endurance and spirit.
Award-winning writer Joanna Orwin returns to YA, after a seamless transition to her first adult novel, the bestselling Collision. Her junior novel Guardian of the Land won the 1985 Children's Book of the Year Award, and was re-issued as a Collins Modern New Zealand Classic. Joanna lives and works in Christchurch.