Mystery takes a twist in sequel
ESCAPING after months of being locked inside a shopping centre is one thing, but deciphering the mystery of what happened is a harder task than three Perth teenagers could have ever imagined.
Nox, Taylor and Lizzy spent months trapped inside one of Perth’s biggest shopping complexes in Brendan Ritchie’s first novel, but now they are out and trying to figure out why almost all the people have disappeared in his latest book, Beyond Carousel.
Ritchie said while his first book focused on how the teenagers got themselves trapped in Carousel shopping centre, the sequel showed Perth was a very different place to the one they knew.
“Perth is deserted, transformed and dangerous and the only survivors are a mysterious array of artists,” he said.
“The characters set off on a journey to discover what has happened and to try to find a way home.
“In many ways, Beyond Carousel was a tough book to write because the plot moves quite quickly and there were a lot of questions left to answer from Carousel.
“But knowing the characters and their voices certainly offers the writer some security and it felt a bit like I was reacquainting with some old friends.”
Written for a teenage audience, Ritchie said readers of all ages would enjoy recognising Perth sites and suburbs, albeit in a different light, as they read.
“Beyond Carousel is effectively a road trip through an abandoned, almost post-apocalyptic, version of Perth,” he said.
“The characters are on a search for answers and this search takes them from mansions in the hills to the empty, pristine beaches of Cottesloe and Leighton.
“In between, they find shelter wherever they can. Sometimes this is in giant, iconic buildings such as the casino, other times it's in a rusty old school bus.”
Beyond Carousel will be launched at Beaufort Street Books tomorrow (October 12).
It is available from www.fremantlepress.com.au.