Pandora Jones: Admission

Barry Jonsberg

Pandora Jones: Admission
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Pandora Jones: Admission

Barry Jonsberg

Pandora Jones wakes in an infirmary - her body weak, her memory providing only flashes of horrific scenes of death. She soon discovers that her family has succumbed to a plague pandemic which almost wiped out humanity. Pan is one of the survivors who have been admitted to The School - a quarantined, heavily guarded survival-skills facility - to recover their strength, hone their skills and prepare for whatever comes next. Pandora’s skill is intuition, but how useful will it be outside the secure walls of The School? And what if it leads her to question where the truth lies…

Plague. Pandemic. Intuition. Secrets. Truth. Courage. Action. Survival.

Review

Pandora Jones doesn’t remember much of what happened before she woke up in hospital. Small, terrifying flashes of memories fill her brain, giving her only slight clues as to what has happened to the world. She’s been told that only 10,000 people are still alive and that the place she has been brought to, known as The School, is where survivors are quarantined and guarded from the devastated outside world. Everyone is asked to name their strengths before being paired with a mentor who will help harness these, but why? What are they being guarded from and what are they up against? Pan starts to question what the higher beings of The School are up to, and exactly what it is they are not telling the students.

Pandora Jones: Admission is a gripping, creative first novel in an exciting new series from Australian author Barry Jonsberg. From the get-go the reader is hooked in by Pan’s terrifying visions of the past and is wholly taken in by the captivating world of The School. Pan’s character is perfectly written and the twist at the end was something I never saw coming, making me terribly excited for book two. For ages 13 and up.


Katherine Dretzke is a bookseller at Readings Hawthorn.

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