The Bridge by Jane Higgins

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The City is divided. The bridges gated. In Southside, the hostiles live in squalor and desperation, waiting for a chance to overrun the residents of Cityside.
Nik is still in high school but is destined for a great career with the Internal Security and Intelligence Services, the brains behind the war. But when ISIS comes recruiting, everyone is shocked when he isn't chosen. There must be an explanation, but no one will talk about it. Then the school is bombed and the hostiles take the bridges. Buildings are burning, kids are dead, and the hostiles have kidnapped Sol. Now ISIS is hunting for Nik.
But Nik is on the run, with Sol's sister Fyffe and ISIS hot on their trail. They cross the bridge in search of Sol, and Nik finds answers to questions he had never dared to ask.
The Bridge is a gritty adventure set in a future world where fear of outsiders pervades everything. A heart-stopping novel about friendship, identity, and courage from an exciting new voice in young-adult fiction.


About Jane Higgins

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Jane Higgins was born in New Zealand. She has degrees in mathematics and anthropology and has worked on many human rights campaigns. She is a senior research fellow at Lincoln University and her specialty is youth studies. Jane lives in Christchurch. The Bridge is her first novel.

Author Residence: Christchurch, New Zealand
Published October 9, 2012 by Tundra Books. 354 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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War propels a boy from the privileged side of town across the bridge to the enemy, where he learns the real causes of the war and about his own history.

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When a younger friend is kidnapped and taken across the river to rebel territory, Nikolai follows, hoping to save him, and instead discovers that the history he’s been taught may not be the entire truth.

Sep 03 2012 | Read Full Review of The Bridge

The Booksellers New Zealand blog

The Bridge, 2010 winner of the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, takes a new tack on teen dystopia.

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The Booksellers New Zealand blog

I hope this author writes more books because this was an action packed adventure that kept me guessing the whole time!

May 08 2012 | Read Full Review of The Bridge

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Importantly, the issues in The Bridge do not come at the expense of the action, and a fast pace is maintained throughout, while the characters are complex and interesting enough that it is virtually impossible to leave their side as the story crashes on.

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