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“Wow! Wow, wow! Sheppard's latest upper YA novel (but seriously, adults would love it too) has achieved so much! It's a captivating, true to life story of a group of teenagers on a schoolies (or leavers) trip; it's a compelling commentary on Aussie masculinity and queer identity; it's a murder mystery and Lord of the Flies and Survivor - it's just a really good book.
The Brink follows three central characters; Leonard, who wants to be a man, abandon his anxiety and fit in with the popular kids he's incidentally wound up on holidays with, Kaiya, whose relationship with her sister is fractured and who just wants a week to blow off steam and lose control, and Mason, who definitely absolutely is not gay, even though he's madly in love with his best mate Jared.
This book will grip you from the get go, when we learn of a dead body, and keep you enthralled as these dynamic high school graduates face the world beyond the school gates (so far beyond that they wind up on a pretty remote island where chaos ensues)."
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