In the Dark Spaces
The latest winner of the Ampersand Prize is a genre-smashing hostage drama about 14-year-old Tamara, who's faced with an impossible choice when she falls for her kidnappers.
Yet this is no ordinary kidnapping. Tamara has been living on a star freighter in deep space, and her kidnappers are terrifying Crowpeople - the only aliens humanity has ever encountered. No-one has ever survived a Crowpeople attack, until now - and Tamara must use everything she has just to stay alive.
But survival always comes at a price, and there's no handbook for this hostage crisis. As Tamara comes to know the Crowpeople's way of life, and the threats they face from humanity's exploration into deep space, she realises she has an impossible choice to make.
Should she stay as the only human among the Crows, knowing she'll never see her family again ... or inevitably betray her new community if she wants to escape?
This ground-breaking thriller is the latest young-adult novel to win the Ampersand Prize, a stand-out entry with a blindingly original voice: raw, strange and deeply sympathetic. With its vivid and immersive world-building, this electrifying debut is The Knife of Never Letting Go meets Homeland, for the next generation of sci-fi readers.
- Winner of the 2015 Ampersand Prize, 2018 Aurealis Award: Best Young Adult Novel, 2018 ABDA Award: Best Designed Young Adult Cover, New Zealand Book Awards: Copyright Licensing NZ Award for Young Adult Fiction, 2018 Queensland Literary Award: Griffith University Young Adult Book Award
- 2018 CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers: Honour Book
- Shortlisted for the 2018 Gold Inky, 2019 Ditmar Award, 2018 Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature, Western Australian Young Readers' Book Awards
- Highly Commended in the 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards
Publication Date: 01-Aug-2017
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Pty, Limited