Evening everyone. Today I’m super delighted to be on the blog tour of The Undying Tower by Melissa Welliver, a brilliant YA dystopian novel that had me completely hooked…..
Title: The Undying Tower
Author: Melissa Welliver
Genre: YA Dystopian Thriller
Series/Standalone: First in a trilogy
Estimated page count: 303
Formats available: eBook
Publisher: Agora Books (9 Sept. 2021)
Tour organised by: Agora Books
What if living forever was a death sentence?
Decades after the discovery that a small percentage of the population has stopped ageing, the Avalonia Zone is in crisis. From overpopulation to food shortages, the ‘Undying’ have been blamed for the state’s problems, banished to the fringes of society, and punished for every minor infraction.
When sixteen-year-old Sadie takes the fall for an attack by a rebel group, The Alchemists, she suddenly finds herself wrenched away from her quiet life and from her ailing father.
Armed with little help and even less knowledge, Sadie is thrust into a cold and cryptic ‘correctional facility’ – The Tower. Here she’ll have to rethink everything she’s been told about the Undying population in an attempt to save the life she knows, protect a group of unlikely friends, and give voice to the voiceless in a society on the brink of catastrophic upheaval.
When 16 year old Sadie gets the blame for a terrorist attack, her life is about to change – not just physically but around everything she’s ever believed. Finding herself in The Tower – a correctional facility for young Undying – she is determined to complete her mission to get out and save her Dad. But will she do it? Who can she trust? And is there more to it all?
This is absolutely fantastic – what a debut! This takes you on a thrilling ride and you honestly won’t want to get off! The characters are brilliant, the plot engrossing, twisty and full of thrills and the setting crazy and creepy!
Sadie is a fantastic character and finds herself in a challenging situation. I absolutely love her bravery and resilience. Her friends, an unlikely bunch, all have their quirks but are mostly loveable. And there are plenty of villains in this for you to hate too.
I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, and parts of it will really make you think. There’s a lot of discrimination of certain groups throughout the book which will get your brain ticking over. You’ll constantly be questioning people, wondering who to trust and who might not be who they first appear…..and I loved every second of it.
The Tower is a mental place! From ‘leaving’ parties to testing facilities to terrible staff, this is one place you wouldn’t want to be! The picture that I built up in my head of this place reminded me of The Hunger Games, mixed in with bits of Harry Potter and then some medieval aspects for good measure! It was such an intriguing place and it will completely suck you in.
For a debut novel, this is absolutely fantastic and I’m excited that it’s the first in a trilogy as I can’t wait to read the next two! So if you’re looking for a brilliant YA dystopian thriller series with fantastic quirky characters to love, villains to hate, a crazy but interesting world and a fantastic storyline, then you should check this out. Highly recommended by me.
about the author
Melissa Welliver writes speculative fiction about how the End Of The World is never really the end of the world. After studying MA Creative Writing under Jeanette Winterson at the University of Manchester, she went on to complete Curtis Brown Creative’s Writing for Children course. Her work has listed in Bath Novel Award, Mslexia, the Hachette Children’s Novel Award, and the Wells Book for Children Competition. She has been published in two short story collections and is an avid member of the Twitter writing community. Born in Stockport, she now lives in the High Peak with an assortment of doggy friends. The Undying Tower is her first novel.
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Thanks so much for Agora Books and Melissa for my copy of the book. All views and opinions are my own.
Have a wonderful evening