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After the Lights Go Out

Lili Wilkinson



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Allen & Unwin
25 July 2018
'After the Lights Go Out is a terrifying yet hope-filled story of disaster, deceit, love, sacrifice and survival.' - Fleur Ferris Seventeen-year-old Pru Palmer lives with her twin sisters, Grace and Blythe, and their father, Rick, on the outskirts of an isolated mining community. The Palmers are doomsday preppers. They have a bunker filled with non-perishable food and a year's worth of water.

One day while Rick is at the mine, the power goes out. At the Palmers' house, and in the town. All communication is cut. No one knows why.

It doesn't take long for everything to unravel. In town, supplies run out and people get desperate. The sisters decide to keep their bunker a secret. The world is different; the rules are different. Survival is everything, and family comes first.

'A gripping portrait of catastrophe at the edge of the world, love in extremis, and the lengths that survival can drive us to.' - Justine Larbalestier

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Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 138mm, 
Weight:   368g
ISBN:   9781760297299
ISBN 10:   1760297291
Pages:   352
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 14 to 18 years
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Lili Wilkinson is the award-winning author of eleven YA novels including The Boundless Sublime, Green Valentine, Pink and Scatterheart. After studying Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne, Lili established the website, the Inky Awards and the Inkys Creative Reading Prize at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. She has a PhD in Creative Writing, and lives in Melbourne with her husband, son, dog and three chickens.

  • Commended for Young Adult Prize 2019 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Best Book for Older Readers 2019 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2019 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Best Book for Older Readers 2019 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Best Young Adult Crime 2020 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for CBCA Awards 2019 (Australia)

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