Gale City is the last city in the world and under the strict control of the illusive Centrals.
When females reach adulthood, they’re given the chance to compete at Showcase for the honour of becoming surrogates for the Morbihan – a highly intelligent, obese race of people, unable to procreate naturally. All the other girls are excited to become hosts, all except Megan Skyla.
Convinced there’s more to life, Skyla teams up with an unlikely friend and they go in search of a cure for the Morbihan condition. Things don’t go to plan and their journey becomes a harrowing quest fraught with danger and deceit.
How can Skyla discover the truth when everything she’s been told is a lie? Can anyone in Gale City ever really be free?
Skyla is about to discover that freedom has a price and she’s going to have to fight to survive.
I have to admit that I was fully out of my comfort zone with this book. Books in the Dystopian genre is not something I really go for, so wasn’t quite sure what I was going to make of this book. I didn’t have to worry though as it wasn’t long before the author had drawn me into Skyla’s world and I was well and truly hooked.
I have to admit the story did remind me slightly of the film Wall-E. The overweight Morbihan’s who are to obese to do a lot of things themselves having to rely on in this case, the Skels. Skels are underweight humans due to the living conditions and food they have to eat.
You can’t help but feel for the characters in this novel. Skyla is pretty much on her own in the world and is fighting for survival whilst also wanting to change the world she lives in. There are so many wrongs going on that I could very much feel her frustration.
There were three characters that really stood out to me through out the novel and they were Skyla, Bunce and Kian. All are fighting their own battles whilst trying to make sense of what is going on within their city. Bunce is someone that Skyla takes under her wings and she reluctantly allows him to help her. He isn’t a strong character like Kian and Skyla but I think that is what drew me to him. Kian is a bit of a guardian angel to Skyla. He watches out for her and even though in his job he should have nothing to do with her their friendship is to strong for him not to help her out every now and again.
Skeletal is a story that will appeal to the young adult market and upwards. It is a scary take on what life could be like in the future. Skyla’s journey is one that will have the reader gripped through the injustices she has to endure and the unlikely friendships that she strikes up, which added some warmth to the cruel world and made for emotional reading in part. Sure to be a hit with dystopian fans as well as other readers who fancy something a bit different.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Skeletal is available to purchase from Amazon.
Emma Pullar is a writer of dark fiction and children’s books. Her picture book, Curly from Shirley, went to number four on the national bestseller list and was named best opening lines by NZ Post. You can read her SJV Award shortlisted horror story, London’s Crawling, in the Dark Minds charity collection and her dystopian sci-fi story, Old Trees Don’t Bend, in The Anthropocene Chronicles. Emma has also written three shortlisted stories for Create50 which are awaiting the winner announcement. Her debut novel SKELETAL published by Bloodhound Books is due for release 27th October 2017.