The Bridge (#1)
The Bridge by Jane Higgins is set in wartime and is about a boy named Nik and his survival across the bridge that divides the city in two. Nik is smart but he gets rejected by the Internal Security and Intelligence Services (ISIS) and he does not know why. Before he can find out why he was rejected, his school is bombed and his best friend is dead and he is now being hunted by the ISIS. Nik is now on the run from the ISIS and needs to save his friend Fyffe’s brother called Sol who has been kidnapped by soldiers and taken over the bridge. But that means they have to cross the bridge. This story is about courage and bravery.
I would recommend it for readers aged 13 years and older. - Rebecca, 13yrs, Guest Teen Reviewer
After reading A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (brilliant!), I've found it difficult to find another novel that is compelling enough to spend time with. It's times like these that I need some non-fiction or even better a gripping YA book. The Bridge by Jane Higgins is just that. I really enjoyed this this fast paced and compelling story. If you liked Patrick Ness (Knife of Never Letting Go) and John Marsden (Tomorrow When the War Began) you will also like this. Here's a link to Jane's website. Published by Text, Higgins was the winner of last year's The Text Prize. - Stella
The City is divided. The bridges gated. In Southside, the hostiles live in squalor and desperation, waiting for a chance to overrun the residents of Cityside. Nik is still in high school but destined for a great career with the Internal Security and Intelligence Services, the brains behind the war. But when ISIS comes recruiting, everyone is shocked when he isn't chosen. There must be an explanation, but no one will talk about it. Then the school is bombed and the hostiles take the bridges. Buildings are burning, kids are dead, and the hostiles have kidnapped Sol. Now ISIS is hunting for Nik. But Nik is on the run, with Sol's sister Fyffe and ISIS hot on their trail. They cross the bridge in search of Sol, and Nik finds answers to questions he'd never dared to ask.
Finalist in the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2012
Finalist -LIANZA Young Adult Fiction Award 2012
'[A] captivating tale of friendship and loyalty.' Australian Women's Weekly 'Taut adventure, high-stakes, big emotion, individual heroism and no less than the possible end of the world. That's how I like my fiction served! A fantastic read and I predict a big winner for Text.' ABC Brisbane 'I've been swamped in dystopian young adult books this year. Many are rubbish-predictable, preachy or simply not believable. The Bridge is none of those things.' Sunday Star Times 'The Text Prize is going from strength to strength, as the publisher continues to choose winners that push the boundaries of young adult fiction. The latest winner, The Bridge, is brilliant. Every sentence is skillfully crafted, with just enough left unsaid that the reader is always hungry for more...This is a breathtaking first novel.' Junior Bookseller & Publisher 'Higgins threads the turns and twists of chaotic times with a sure hand...Higgins' control of the development of her characters is admirable: Fyffe, a dreamer girl, grows into her strengths, Nik learns that the past shapes our future and that heroism and hope as well as fear and savagery can reside on both sides of conflict...I'm sure many readers would wish to learn more of Nik's path in life to come.' Magpies 'If you loved Suzanna Collins' The Hunger Games series and John Marsden's Tomorrow series, chances are you'll love this'. Girlfriend NZ 'The Bridge shows how hard it can be to tell right from wrong, especially in the face of war. This page-turner and first novel is well placed for a sequel.' Weekend Australian 'Winner of the Text Prize, this is a powerful dystopian adventure about questioning authority, the complexities of war and enduring bonds.' -- Fran Atkinson Saturday Age/Sydney Morning Herald
Jane Higgins was born in New Zealand. She has degrees in mathematics and anthropology and has worked on many human rights campaigns. She is a senior research fellow at Lincoln Univeristy specialising in youth studies. Jane lives in Christchurch with her husband. The Bridge is her first novel.