The Last Girl

The Last Girl

The Last Girl

by Michael Adams

Allen & Unwin, $19.95 pb, 384 pp, 9781743316368

With a stepmother she hates and a father who’s barely there, sixteen-year-old Danby Armstrong knew Christmas Day would be bad, but she wasn’t expecting the apocalypse. While families tear the wrapping off the latest iGadgets and share excited status updates, something strange happens. Suddenly, people are not just reading each other’s thoughts in their news feeds; they’re actually in each other’s heads. Everything from a neighbour’s affair to a planned terrorist attack is suddenly known; ‘the elephants in every room had been set loose to stampede’. Sydney erupts in violence as people seek revenge or just a place to shut out all those voices. But while Danby can hear them, they can’t hear her, and that makes her almost invisible.

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Margot McGovern

Margot McGovern

Margot McGovern is an Adelaide girl currently living in Melbourne. She is a freelance writer and associate editor of Ride On magazine. Her work has previously appeared in Kill Your Darlings and Viewpoint and she is a regular reviewer for Lip Magazine. She writes Young Adult fiction and has recently submitted her creative writing PhD thesis. Visit her website: or find her on Twitter: @MargotElsie.

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