Skyfall, by Anthony Eaton

For most of his life, Larinan Mann has struggled to fit in. He has been born against the rules of his society into a world where difference is to be scorned, even feared. His father is the head of an important government agency, and Larinan is expected to follow him into this career. But Larinan doesn’t care about genetic research. The problem is, he doesn’t know what it is he does care about.

When Lari’s only friend, Kes, takes him on an adventure into a part of the city they are not authorised to visit, he discovers the terror of the murky underworld, and unexpectedly finds himself owing someone there an unspecified favour. On the same day, his father and brother make a discovery which could change Larinan’s life – and that of the whole city – forever.

Skyfall is the second title in the outstanding Darklands Trilogy. Set in the distant future, it explores a world which has attempted to adapt to climate change and the challenges of an uninhabitable Earth by building massive sky cities, where people live in domes attached to massive towers sheltered from the sun’s rays, and living in an insulated world. This world, though, is now under threat of collapse, and the young characters who represent the possibility of a continued survival must face challenges which are seemingly insurmountable.

This is young adult fantasy which is challenging and absorbing. The world is alien enough to intrigue, but familiar enough for readers to connect with. The action is fast paced and the characters both diverse and believable.

Recommended for readers aged 13 to adult.

Skyfall: Book 2: Skyfall (Darklands Trilogy)

Skyfall , by Anthony Eaton
UQP, 2007

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The Girl in the Cave, by Anthony Eaton

Kate doesn’t have a bedroom like an ordinary child. Instead, she sleeps in a cave in the backyard of her Aunt and Uncle’s house. During the day she is allowed out of the cave and into the house, so that she can cook and clean and look after her aunt and uncle. Poor Kate. Life isn’t much fun.

But one day the telephone rings. A strange woman called Miss Pincushion wants to come and visit. Kate has never seen her aunt and uncle look so alarmed. Suddenly she is banished from the house and her aunt and uncle start a mad search through every room.

Kate has no idea what is going on, but she has every intention of finding out. What she learns could well change her life – for the better.

The Girl in the Cave is a fast-paced, comic tale of greed, stolen babies, lost fortunes and butterflies. The twists and turns are zany and unbelievable – which is just what kids like.

Anthony Eaton’s wicked sense of humour makes for a read that will appeal to a wide range of young readers.

The Girl in The Cave, by Anthony Eaton
UQP, 2004