The Last Reader: Post Apocalyptic Fiction

Thomas Norwood
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Sam lives outside the fence, in an area known as the de-reg zone. Here, there are no schools, no libraries, and very few books. Children must survive in any way they can. One day, trawling through the local rubbish dump, Sam comes across a book. He takes it to the one person he knows who can read - Old Man David. Old Man David will teach him to read - but is he willing to pay the price? 

Keywords: dystopian, post apocalyptic, free, freebie, science fiction

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About the author

 Thomas Norwood grew up in Melbourne, Australia. He spent most of his twenties traveling the world and trying not to take things too seriously, and most of his thirties trying to make up for lost time by taking everything way too seriously. As he approaches forty, he hopes he can find a happy balance.


Thomas currently lives in the Yarra Valley with his wife and two cats along with a large assortment of native animals. His house runs on solar power and rainwater, and his vegetable garden is slowly improving. Although he's not actively preparing for an apocalypse, he thinks you can never be too careful!
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Thomas Norwood
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Published on
Nov 15, 2013
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Pages
20
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ISBN
9780992355227
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Dystopian
Fiction / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
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