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The Undercurrent (#5 Rephaim)
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Paula Weston
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The Undercurrent (#5 Rephaim)

Paula Weston


Text Publishing Company

Science Fiction » Young Adult;
Science Fiction » Superpowers;
Science Fiction » Military;
Young Adult » Young Adult Science Fiction


400 pages

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Eighteen-year-old Julianne De Marchi is different. As in- she has an electrical undercurrent beneath her skin that stings and surges like a live wire. She can use it-to spark a fire, maybe even end a life - but she doesn't understand what it is. And she can barely control it, especially when she's anxious.

Ryan Walsh was on track for a stellar football career when his knee blew out. Now he's a soldier - part of an experimental privatised military unit that has identified Jules De Marchi as a threat. Is it because of the weird undercurrent she's tried so hard to hide? Or because of her mother Angie's history as an activist against bio-engineering and big business? It's no coincidence that Ryan and Jules are in the same place at the same time - he's under orders to follow her, after all.

But then an explosive attack on a city building by an unknown enemy throws them together in the most violent and unexpected way. Paula Weston, author of the much-admired Rephaim series, returns with a standalone work- a near futuristic thriller that is utterly and undeniably thrilling.

Great writing, heart-burning characters, probing questions about where technology is taking us - and a plot that zips and zings like an electrical current itself. This is a great young-adult writer at the peak of her powers.

By:   Paula Weston
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 231mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   502g
ISBN:   9781925498233
ISBN 10:   1925498239
Series:   Rephaim
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   July 2017
Recommended Age:   From 14
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Children / Juvenile
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paula Weston is a Brisbane-based author. She has more than twenty years' experience as a professional writer - first as a print journalist and then as a government communication and media specialist. She co-owns a writing/design consultancy.

`Paula Weston raises the bar for an intelligent, page-turning speculative young adult thriller full of complex issues and wonderfully varied and sculpted characters worth caring about. A superbly written book with a gorgeous cover that will make you think and learn and hide away until you've read the last page.' * Kids Book Review * `The Undercurrent is action-packed and thrilling...There is romance, family drama and mystery that all blend well to keep the pace flowing and the plot moving.' * Obsession with Books * `Weston has written a high-voltage story full of explosive action and a zing of romance. The Undercurrent is a fast-paced, thrilling, futuristic action-packed YA novel that will have you zapped to your seat.' * Nadia L King * `The Undercurrent is gripping and action-packed...Paula Weston has created an ambitious thriller that presents us with an alarming look at Australia's near future and where our technological advances could be taking us.' * Readings * `The Undercurrent is a real rollercoaster of a read, packed full of thrills and tension and non-stop action. The characters are captivating and nuanced. The plot is fast-paced and high-powered. Most importantly, it is a tightly written and eminently satisfying standalone book.' * Booktopia * `The Undercurrent has everything you could possibly ask for in a YA novel-illegal human experimentation, military groups for hire, companies with hidden agendas, government mismanagement of environmental threats, romance, X-Men-style abilities, a nuanced mother-daughter relationship and non-stop action and intrigue. The characters are endearing and believable, the romance meaningful without being saccharine and the plot races along with impeccable timing...The Undercurrent is a worthy companion to beloved Australian speculative novels such as The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn and John Marsden's Tomorrow series.' * Books + Publishing * `A fast-paced, sensational ride, which screams read me .' * Scott Moore, South Australian Weekend Review * `Some books you crave. You keep returning to the cover art and re-reading the blurb, you stalk the authors' Twitter, Tumblr, Goodreads profiles in the hopes of gleaning morsels of count-down to release day. Paula Weston is something special indeed.' * ALPHA reader * `Superbly written, action-packed fiction with interesting, brilliantly flawed characters.' * Fictional Thoughts * `Late for dinner, late for work, late late late. Thanks so much, Paula Weston. I picked up Shimmer and forgot everything else.' * Adelaide Advertiser *

  • Long-listed for Book of the Year: Older Readers, CBCA 2018 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Sisters in Crime's 18th Davitt Awards 2018 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Aurealis Awards, Best Young Adult Novel 2017 (Australia)
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