By (author): Kate Blair


Kate Blair

Kate Blair is an award-nominated author originally from Hayling Island, UK. She has been a finalist for the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award and the Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Snow Willow Award. Her novels Transferral and Tangled Planet were both longlisted for the Sunburst Award and Transferral was a Starred Selection of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids and Teens. Blair currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.


“Blair presents a new twist on the formulaic dystopian genre, developing flawed characters who are incredibly likable in a relatable world where right and wrong are more gray than black-and-white … highly accessible, and the very timely themes will provide endless discussion and debate regardless of age level … an unputdownable pick, it is a great addition for any public or secondary school library.”
– School Library Journal

“A solidly engaging debut.”
– The Globe and Mail

“Blair subtly captures her audience with the ingenuity of her dystopian vision and then sweeps readers away as she raises the stakes again and again. As the novel approaches its climax, readers will find themselves madly flipping pages to find out the fate of a nation.” ****/4, Highly Recommended
– CM Magazine

“Very cinematic … Blair has a unique and provocative concept that deserves further development.”
– Resource Links

“Blair’s pacing is impeccable, and her gritty realism draws disturbing parallels to current events. Intense and unsettling.”
– National Reading Campaign

“A strongly plotted story that builds on the surreal premise of linking justice with illness and comes through it all with a healthy ending that is neither sappy nor all wrapped up but a convincing remedy for a disturbing basis for dealing with criminality.”
– CanLit for Little Canadians

“Readers are carried along, always wondering what the final pages might bring … the dystopian world built by the author is compelling, realistic, and frightening. It left me asking myself some uncomfortable questions, as I am sure it will do for all readers. I think it would make a terrific readaloud for a middle years classroom, or an awesome novel study with a group of interested teens. It’s worth your time and attention.”
– Sal’s Fiction Addiction


  • SYRCA Snow Willow Award 2017, Short-listed
  • Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award 2017, Short-listed
  • Sunburst Award (Young Adult Fiction) 2017, Long-listed
  • SCBWI Official Reading List (Science Fiction for Gr. 9-12) 2016, Commended
  • Best Books for Kids and Teens 2016, Commended
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    224 Pages
    8in * 5.5in * 0.45in


    October 24, 2015

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    Cormorant Books





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