Gale City is the last city in the world and under the strict control of the illusive Centrals.
When females reach adulthood, they’re given the chance to compete at Showcase for the honour of becoming surrogates for the Morbihan – a highly intelligent, obese race of people, unable to procreate naturally. All the other girls are excited to become hosts, all except Megan Skyla.
Convinced there’s more to life, Skyla teams up with an unlikely friend and they go in search of a cure for the Morbihan condition. Things don’t go to plan and their journey becomes a harrowing quest fraught with danger and deceit.
How can Skyla discover the truth when everything she’s been told is a lie? Can anyone in Gale City ever really be free?
Skyla is about to discover that freedom has a price and she’s going have the fight to survive.
Skeletal is a disturbing vision of the future and a literary thriller unlike any other.
What does TWG think?
I have to admit that curiosity got the better of me where ‘Skeletal’ was concerned as any other time, I probably wouldn’t pick up a novel like this myself. That’s nothing against the author, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that usually, Dystopian novels are so far out of my comfort zone, it’s as though they’re in a different country. But, because I actually read the blurb on Emma Pullar’s novel, my intrigue level skyrocketed and I knew that I would have to go out of my comfort zone to settle my curiosity.
At first i wasn’t overly convinced as the storyline seemed a little too far-fetched for me. However, i surprised myself by getting stuck into the storyline and the hurdles each of the characters faced.
What stayed with my most out of the entire novel was the jump to the future by seeing what things could be like. I’m not going to lie, the theme of the novel wasn’t 100% my cup of tea but I still managed to enjoy the overall concept. Emma Pullar certainly has a way with words and I am impressed at how fine tuned her storytelling is, especially seeing as she made me go from ‘unimpressed’ to ‘nose in novel’ in the matter of seconds. Getting me to change my mind like that, let alone reading this type of novel full stop, certainly speaks volumes at how much I enjoyed the authors writing.
Unique, thrilling and rather intriguing – I am glad I stepped out of my comfort zone by reading ‘Skeletal’.
Emma Pullar is a writer of dark fiction and children’s books. Her picture book, Curly from Shirley, went to number four on the national bestseller list and was named best opening lines by NZ Post. You can read her SJV Award shortlisted horror story, London’s Crawling, in the Dark Minds charity collection and her dystopian sci-fi story, Old Trees Don’t Bend, in The Anthropocene Chronicles. Emma has also written three shortlisted stories for Create50 which are awaiting the winner announcement. Her debut novel SKELETAL published by Bloodhound Books is due for release 27th October 2017.