Monday, 31 October 2011

Best of the Bunch #October 2011

It's that time of the month again: to decide which of all the books I read in October was the Best of the Bunch.

And the winner of the Best of the Bunch Award October 2011 is...

*dramatic pause*

Arrival by Chris Morphew

Luke is having a rough year. When his parents split up, his mum drags him to Phoenix, a brand-new town in the middle of nowhere.

But Phoenix is no ordinary town. There are no cars, no phones and no internet. Luke thinks this is as weird as it gets.

Then he discovers that someone is plotting to wipe out the human race. Phoenix is suddenly the safest and most dangerous place on earth.

And the clock is already ticking.

There are 100 days until the end of the world.

As you might have gleaned from the blurb, Arrival takes place on the verge of an apocaplypse and in true YA style, it's up to 3 teens to save the world. Amazing!

This is a proper action-adventure-mystery-thriller, a really gripping read with plenty of tension and a wonderfully frustrating lack of answers by the end that will have you reaching for the next book, Contact. It's so well written, similar to Michael Grant's Gone series but less gory (thankfully!), and a real asset to the story is that it's set in Australia which is such a refreshing change from the US or UK. I wish there were more Aussie books available in the UK and if anyone knows of any please let me know!

Anyway, you can read my full review of Arrival here.

Congratulations Chris Morphew!

Please share your Best of the Bunch award by adding your link below.


  1. I haven't heard of this one before but I'll definitely be checking it out now- this sounds like a really good action adventure book!

  2. I haven't heard of this one before, but it looks like I need to check it out!

  3. Have you read Justine Larbalestier's works? Her Magic or Madness books are set in Australia.

  4. Ooo thank you, I'll try and get my hands on them!

  5. I've never really read a story before that had an apocalyptic vibe to it, but I'll definitely have to change that! This book sounds great, I'll have to check out your review. =)

  6. I hadn't heard of this one, but it sounds super exciting! I haven't had time to put together my best of the bunch yet, but hopefully I'll get it up soon!

  7. Sounds like a great read. I love action-adventure!

  8. Wow this book & meme both sound awesome! I'm signing up for November! :D