The Protected is the second novel published by 2014 CBCA short listed author Claire Zorn. It also happened to be launched at the place where I work earlier this week, so I was lucky enough to hear Zorn talk about herself and her writing process.
I really liked Zorn’s first novel The Sky So Heavy
a post nuclear war novel set in the Blue Mountains. It was so different to all the other post apocalyptic novels that were out at the time and so interesting for that reason. No factions, or competitions, just the factionalism and competition that goes along with being human.
Her new novel is totally different.
It is about a girl whose sister has died and the fallout from that. But not in the way you would expect. Again, it is so different to all those other teenage drama novels that are out there and so amazing.
And so so sad.
If you thought you cried a lot reading The Fault in Our Stars, think again. This is one of the saddest things I have ever read. It’s up there with The First Third
Read them now.
Just keep the tissues handy.
Coming up on my next blog: More books and cats.