As soon as I saw the premise of Lili Wilkinson’s The Erasure Initiative, I knew it was going to hook me in and keep me up late into the night reading, which it did!
Seven people wake up on a driverless bus with no memory of who they are, or knowledge of where they’re going or what they’re doing there.
The story is told by teen, Cecily, a compelling, intriguing and totally believable character, except for the fact that she’s not even sure that’s who she is. As some of her memories surface, we start to see the real Cecily appear.
Also on the bus with her are the well tattooed Riley, take charge Sandy, who might be the mother of hot teen Paxton, angry Nia, naïve young Edwin and harmless old Catherine. One of them is a surprise passenger, but everyone else on the bus has something serious in common … we just don’t know it yet.
Soon after they get on the bus, a series of tests begins, in which the passengers must each choose an outcome; majority wins. But as the testing progresses, deadly secrets are revealed and the stakes get higher and higher. Soon Cecily is no longer just fighting for her freedom, she’s fighting for her life.
The Erasure Initiative is a real roller coaster ride for both characters and the reader, and not everyone survives the journey.
It’s quite a simple concept, but Lili Wilkinson’s thrilling new YA novel is full of suspense and unexpected twists.
I loved the way each character was thoroughly explored and unique, and we grew to care about each of them in their own way.
The well-drawn characters, compelling scenario and fast pace of this novel keep us wanting more from each page – and we’re not disappointed.
The Erasure Initiative, written by Lili Wilkinson and published by Allen & Unwin is recommended for readers aged 14+