Carousel by Brendan Ritchie is a suspense filled young adult novel like no other.
Art graduate Nox is stuck inside a locked shopping mall with his idols, Lizzy and Taylor.
But they’re not alone. Teen checkout worker Rocky is also there and he doesn’t seem to want to leave.
At first it’s a bit of a game. Stuck inside a building that has all your favourite foods, games, technology etc. The four of them eat fast food, watch bad TV and wait to be rescued.
But as time goes on, they start to realise that nobody might come for them, and they will have to be smarter about the way they live or they won’t survive.
When Nox comes across a skeleton in a storeroom, it could hold the key to their escape.
As days of incarceration turn to weeks and months, the menace grows.
This is a complex story of a post apocolyptic world in which four characters appear to have been saved for a reason – but the only thing they have in common is their art.
The authentic voices of the characters and the development of their relationships to each other will hook you in and compel you to read on.
Carousel re-imagines the coming-of-age survival novel within the confines of a modern shopping complex.
It’s a perceptive and insightful novel with strong voices and beautiful writing.
Taylor and I shared a smile. It was beautiful and awful at the same time. Like a lot of stuff in Carousel.
We resumed gardening as the sun dipped away. Taylor was stabbing into darkness, but she knew it was a small space, and that me and my secrets were in there somewhere.
Carousel explores strong themes of friendship, identity, art, technology and consumerism.
Author, Brendan Ritchie wrote the novel within his creative writing PhD at Cowan University. He is currently working on the sequel.
Carousel is a novel for young adults published by Fremantle Press.