Living on an island

23 06 2018

No Dominion by Louise Welsh

 

It is seven years after the Sweats wiped out most of the world’s population. Survivors settled on the Orkney Islands are trying to build a new society but their world crashes for a second time when the islands’ teenagers vanish. Stevie and Magnus are the only ones who can bring them home.

Stevie hasn’t been back to the mainland since she escaped to the islands after a desperate flight north from London. Magnus never saw himself leaving either. After all, what’s left for him there? But Shug was born on the islands and has never known anything different; has never left them. Until now.

And what starts out as a journey to bring home some young people intent on adventure soon turns into a race against time to find Shug before he comes down with the Sweats. Or worse.

 

The third in Welsh’s plague trilogy, following Death is a Welcome Guest, No Dominion is another fast-moving and entertainingly grim tale from Louise Welsh. The representation of a post-apocalyptic world is as convincing as ever and the narrative is at times gripping and at times quite moving. A fitting climax to the series.

 

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8 09 2018
The end of the world as we know it | Prole Art Threat

[…] An outstanding novel covering the beginning of the end as a deadly virus rapidly brings the world to its knees and then the years afterwards as the few remaining try to survive and rebuild society in whatever way they can. Some great characters, switching of the narrative between the crisis and two decades later and a throughly convincing backdrop means that Mandel offers a quite compelling dystopia which feels complementary to the post-virus British survival trilogy conjured up by Louise Welsh. […]

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