The extraordinary new dystopian novel from the author of the international best seller I'm Not Scared.
Summer has ended, but the heat will not let up. Ash has covered everything. Weeds and wheat grow around the cars abandoned in the road. Anna and Astor live in the house behind the fence, surviving in a world stripped of adults.
The rooms are piled high with rubbish. Their mother's skeleton lies perfect on the bed. And every few days, Anna must head out beyond the fence for provisions and medicine. Each time she goes, she may never come back.
A huge best seller in Italy, Anna is a story about the survival of the human spirit after the worst has happened.
"Ammaniti's prose is faultless from the first... A fearsomely gifted writer." (The Independent)
"A writer of rigorous imagination and moral subtlety." (The Times Literary Supplement)
"A master storyteller." (The Guardian)
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When a virus has wiped out all the grown-ups
- Rachel Redford
Limp post-apocalyptic story
No. I have loved Ammaniti's previous novels and enjoy a good post-apocalyptic yarn but felt this story fell flat on both counts. He is a writer who can really capture the mind and speech rhythm of children but felt neither worked here.
I think Ammaniti should stick to the world he knows.
Unlike the previous reviewer I felt that the narrator's school-prefect-like delivery was totally unsuited to the gritty, unsophisticated girl Anna is meant to be. I got more and more irritated by it as the story progressed.
No. Definitely not. Ammaniti should stick to the real world.