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re­leased OUT NOW! 374 pages | Pa­per­back/ebook Au­thor Ks Mer­beth Pub­lisher Or­bit

The Hunger Games and Di­ver­gent cor­nered the “teenage girl cop­ing in a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic so­ci­ety” mar­ket, but Bite proves the premise still has plenty of teeth. It does so by bar­ing those gnash­ers in a blood-soaked, giddy grin. Where those books move through the ru­ins of the world wear­ing pris­tine uni­forms and a frown, Bite glee­fully runs around its Mad Max uni­verse cov­ered in dirt and gore.

It opens with our hero­ine, known only as “Kid”, catch­ing a ride with a couple of mis­cre­ants, Wolf and Dolly, who are re­vealed to be “Sharks” – mer­ce­nar­ies who trade in meat, specif­i­cally hu­man meat. When the folk in the next town re­alise what the gang are sell­ing, all hell breaks loose. Kid finds her­self join­ing the gang of can­ni­bals be­fore dis­cov­er­ing that, in a world where men make their own laws, there are much worse crimes than a var­ied palate…

Like her leads, au­thor Kristyn Mer­beth breaks all sorts of rules along the way – the bad­dies are the he­roes, the ro­man­tic interest is a cow­ard, and the plot is fast-paced to the point of par­ody, but she never fails to en­ter­tain. If this is the first course, we ea­gerly await a sec­ond. Sam Ashurst

Mer­beth first ex­plored the idea at school, writ­ing a story about can­ni­bals fall­ing in love in a post-apoc world.

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