“This is a powerful coming-of-age novel, set in the Australian outback. Danny is a strongly written, believable teenager, who is struggling to come to terms with the untimely death of his older brother.
His older sister has fallen pregnant and refuses to reveal the identity of the father, and an English 20something is drafted in to help his mother out with the family - but she is so unused to the Outback way of life, Danny can't understand what use she is.
This book is highly visual, with clear, vivid descriptions of several aspects of Outback life. At one stage, during the height of the muster, the book starts to drag slightly - but elements of peril are introduced which help to keep the reader's interest. The author liberally uses Australian slang, which helps to set the novel.
Danny is a well crafted character, and this is very much a 'slice of life' novel, where you're welcomed into the setting for a period of time, rather than a huge arc of a plot.
Wonderfully detailed, extremely well thought out and very touching. A great read. ”
Sal wrote this review Thursday, December 27, 2012.