April 2019 Fiction & Entertainment Lead Titles

The Shining Wall Melissa Ferguson

The Shining Wall
Melissa Ferguson


Digital (EPUB) | Apr 2019 | Transit Lounge | 298pp | Stocked item | GEN
Paperback (Trade paperback AUS/UK) | Apr 2019 | Transit Lounge | 9781925760187 | 298pp | 234x153mm | Stocked item (a few) | GEN | AUD$29.99, NZD$34.99

In a ruined world, where wealthy humans push health and longevity to extremes and surround themselves with a shining metal wall, privilege and security is predicated on the services of cloned Neandertals, and the exploitation of women in the shanty towns and wastelands beyond the fortress city.

This is the frightening yet moving story of orphaned Alida and her younger sister Graycie, and their struggle for survival in the Demi-Settlements outside the wall. When the sisters are forced to enter the City by very different means they risk being separated forever.

Cloned Neandertal officer, Shuqba is exiled to a security outpost in the Demi-Settlements when she fails to adhere to the impossible standards set for her species within the City. Will she offer a lifeline to Alida or betray her?

The Shining Wall is at once a frightening parable of our unjust world of haves and have nots, a richly imagined yet thrilling story of technological control and the fight for survival, and a paean to female friendship and power. 

'Gripping from the word GO. A  fearlessly feminist imagining of the entire fractured human genus in a future none of us should ever have to face. The Shining Wall  enshrines familiar relationships even as it destroys genre tropes about a woman's role in a ruined world. Leave it to a new voice like this to set the post-apocalyptic construction on its ear. A triumph of realistic science fiction.' — Meg Elison, author of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

‘Gritty and voicey, perhaps prescient, this is a gripping dystopia from a shining new voice.’ — Marlee Jane Ward, author of Welcome to Orphancorp and Psynode