The Crossing

Blood of the Lamb: Book One

Mandy Hager

280 pp • ISBN: 978-1-61614-698-6
Hardcover ("5 ½ x 8 ½") • $16.95
January 2013
Cover Illustration: © Larry Rostant

A compelling dystopian novel; winner of the 2010
New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards: Young Adult Fiction

Maryam refused to play by the Rules, and now they're out to get her blood. . .
The people of Onewere, a small island in the Pacific, know that they are special—
chosen by the great Apostles of the Lamb to survive the deadly Tribulation that consumed the Earth. Now, from their Holy City in the rotting cruise ship Star of the Sea, the Apostles control the population—manipulating texts from the Holy Book to implant themselves as living gods. But what the people of Onewere don't know is this: the white elite will stop at nothing to meet their own bloodthirsty needs . . .

When Maryam crosses from child to woman, she must leave everything she has ever known and make a Crossing of another kind. But life inside the Holy City is not as she had dreamed, and she is faced with the unthinkable: obey the Apostles and very likely die, or turn her back on every belief she once held dear.

The Crossing is a fast, suspenseful drama underpinned by a powerful and moving story
about love and loss.


Praise for The Crossing and Mandy Hager:

"Like 1984 for teenagers—direct, passionate, and powerful."
—Margaret Mahy, New Zealand's foremost children's writer

"Hager has a real gift for storytelling, moving events at a cracking pace yet seemingly effortlessly evoking this new world order. . . . A trilogy that lives up to the promise demonstrated here might well be on the way to becoming a classic."
—Martin Turner, CMIS Evaluation

"A postapocalyptic thriller of such force and originality that it
deserves a much wider audience."
—Booktopia SF & Fantasy September Buzz