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Author: Naomi Foyle Narrator: Penelope Rawlins Publisher: Hachette Book Group Audio Length: Series:The Gaia Chronicles Release Date: April 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781681442747

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Like every child in Is-Land, all Astra Ordott wants is to have her Security Shot, do her National Service and defend her Gaian homeland from Non-Lander "infiltrators." But when one of her Shelter mothers, the formidable Dr Hokma Blesser, tells her the shot will limit her chances of becoming a scientist and offers her an alternative, Astra agrees to her plan.

When the orphaned Lil arrives to share Astra's home, Astra is torn between jealousy and fascination. Lil's father taught her some alarming ideas about Is-Land and the world, but when she pushes Astra too far, the heartache that results goes far beyond the loss of a friend.

If she is to survive, Astra must learn to deal with devastating truths about Is-Land, Non-Land and the secret web of adult relationships that surrounds her.

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  • A complex and daring literary story

    - Upcoming4me
  • I enjoyed Astra immensely. The novel's plot is fascinating ... all of it set down in Foyle's smooth and flowing writing style

    - A Fantastical Librarian
  • This is excellent Science Fiction and I heartily recommend it ... reminiscent of [Ursala] LeGuin

    - Birmingham SF Group
  • This ambitious, thought-provoking take on a dystopian future paints a depressingly credible picture of environmental collapse . . . as events go hurtling towards the book's dramatic conclusion, I couldn't put it down . . .

    - Brain Fluff

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About the Author

Naomi Foyle was born in London, grew up in Hong Kong, Liverpool and Canada, and currently lives in Brighton. She spent three years in Korea, teaching English, writing travel journalism and acting in Korean educational television. She is a highly regarded poet and performer. Astra is her second novel.

About the Narrator

Penelope Rawlins’ voice work has encompassed many accents and ages in recording audiobooks, animation, computer games, English language tapes, and corporate commercials. Among her numerous audiobook narrations are The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory and Fox Friend by Michael Morpurgo. Her narration of Tom Rachman’s The Rise and Fall of Great Powers earned her an AudioFile Earphones Award.