‘Scavengers’ by Darren Simpson








Forager and scavenger Landfill lives with wooflers, swims with turtles and tries to stick to the rules outlined by Babagoo, but the rule about not going outside is one Landfill is desperate to break.

This is an interesting and potentially very clever book that centres around the relationship between its two main characters. Dealing with issues around control, abuse and emotional support, the author tells a story that is by turns, hopeful, sad and affectionate. Having said that, the story didn’t draw me in as much as I’d expected, and the world of the Hinterland didn’t ring true. While I’m sure readers of ten and up will love it, the book felt a bit artificial to me.

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