Friday April 3, 2020

Assured dystopian debut from a teenage author

Young adult Fiction; Oasis; By Eilís Barrett; Gill Books, €14.95

3rd April, 2016
Eilís Barrett, inset: Oasis

A young woman is set apart from her community for her difference. She distinguishes herself further by playing to her strengths: resilience, determination, an imaginative approach to problem-solving.

This character précis could as easily be applied to debut author Eilís Barrett – a 16-year-old home-schooled writer who is creating young adult fiction for her peers – as to the heroine of her first book Oasis, a dystopian thriller about the conflict between nature and nurture,...

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