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Random House Australia, 2006 - Communicable diseases - 186 pages
Box, by Penelope Todd, is a story about Derik, a teenager growing up in New Zealand in a time of change. The government has begun Endorsement, a campaign to implant a special ‘wand’ into people in an effort to control chemicals in the body and wipe out disease. Derik doesn’t like the idea, so he abstains and is on the run from the government. While on the run, he teams up with Marti, a girl who is smart, pretty and independent, and Disco, a mate from his school who got endorsed but Marti managed to get the wand out. For the next few weeks, they work together trying to get food and staying hidden from the student patrols looking out for abstainers. Just when they think they’re on their own, they stumble across a meeting of teenage abstainers from all over Dunedin and now had a new goal: to help all the abstainers.

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In my opinion, I didn't really like the book, even though a lot of people did. Don't get me wrong, the concept of the book was really good, it had a lot of potentials. But it's just that the plot didn't go anywhere for the first 100 pages. Even once things happened, it didn't feel too important, I would have to try so hard to not lose focus reading the book. The ending, even though it somewhat tied loose ends, was unsatisfying. It felt as if it didn't accomplish anything. The concept was really interesting, but somehow you messed it up. It's like running down a road then getting eaten by a shark how did you even do that?
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About the author (2006)

Penelope Todd lives in Dunedin. Her novel WATERMARK was shortlisted for the NZ Post Book Awards in 2004, as was her title DARK in 2005. She was Writer in Residence at the Dunedin College of Education in 2001. All of her novels have been listed as 'Notable Books'.

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