long time, little see.
So, I need your opinions on an opinion/review piece I am going to do on Obernewtyn (the book) for a minor Feature writing assessment.
The things I will be focusing on in the review will be the writing style, the target audience and also the fact that Isobelle is a prominent Australian author and is soon to release the final book in the series (that's how i'm making this review relevant).
But what i'm struggling to come up with at the moment is some other authors with similar writing styles so I can compare/contrast. So, would you guys be able to suggest some books for me to read so I can do this?
What about someone like John Marsden and the Tomorrow When the War began series (it's sorta post-apocalyptic and it's also written in first person aimed at teens with a female protagonist if I recall correctly)...
oh, that was nice.
Something to read for comparison is The Chrysalids by John Wyndam. I have a feeling (not confirmed, though I have asked) that Isobelle read it in childhood or high school. It has been in many school syllabuses, including mine.
It has a lot of the same themes, including:
set after nuclear holocaust
isolated area surrounded by badlands, and slowly receding radiation
seeming to be a medieval-level of technology, with scatters of old-world (modern to us) technology, with mentions of things created by the old humans.
Rigid extermination or banishment of crops, stock and people born with mutations
very strong religious control
unexpected mental powers by a group of young people
discovery of far-away places still with access to technology (In this case, new zealand)
there are a lot of differences, i'm not saying Isobelle copied it in any way, just that I think it may have been a jumping-off point, or inspiration. It has a very different feel and voice, and the overall themes of acceptance, various mind powers (not just telepathy) and geographical setting are quite different.
might be interesting to compare, though.