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Silent City: A Novel (Hardcover)

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“The definition of a single session read.” —Eoin Colfer, bestselling author of Artemis Fowl
For fans of Station Eleven and The Last of Us, an apocalyptic tale of a young woman fighting for life and justice in the tyrannical Phoenix City—the only place in Ireland yet to be overrun by the flesh-eating skrake

Outside the walls of Phoenix City, where the plague has overrun Ireland, one bite from the savage skrake means death or infection. Inside, Orpen and the other survivors of the plague gather in meager numbers. They are protected from disease and death, but the city is by no means a refuge.

Phoenix City is ruled with an oppressive hand, with even the best of the leadership power hungry and ruthless. Orpen and the banshees—a fierce, all-women force of fighters—keep the peace, or shatter it, depending on their orders. But when two women are publicly executed, Orpen knows she must make a choice between guaranteed survival within a cruel society or treacherous freedom beyond the walls.

A story of friendship, justice, and belonging, Silent City is a feminist, voice-driven take on leadership in dire times.

About the Author

Sarah Davis-Goff's writing has been published in The Irish Times, The Guardian and LitHub. Last Ones Left Alive is her debut novel. She was born and lives in Dublin.

Praise For…

“The definition of a single session read.”
—Eoin Colfer, bestselling author of Artemis Fowl

"The novel’s worldbuilding is crisply efficient...Fast-paced and suspenseful, and the banshees satisfyingly heroic. . . A headlong thriller."

“Eloquent. . . Davis-Goff elevates a familiar plot with vivid prose and emotionally resonant characterization. Horror fans looking for more than jump-scares will find it here.”
—Publishers Weekly

"A fierily compelling dystopian thriller crackling with resonances of the now. Sarah Davis-Goff proves herself a storyteller of remarkable gifts in this provocative gobsmacker of a novel."
—Joseph O’Connor, #1 international bestselling author of My Father’s House and Star of the Sea

Silent City is grim but hopeful, tackling questions of risk, trust, courage, morality, and sacrifice. Davis-Goff's prose is stark but lovely. A strong feminist voice, austere circumstances, and a resolute sense of integrity make this dystopia memorable and inspiring.”
—Shelf Awareness

“Vibrant and unsettling, Davis-Goff's Silent City is a haunting read.”
—Danielle McLaughlin, award-winning author of The Art of Falling

“A dark, visceral dystopia about a few young women who decide to take a risk and strike out for a better world. . . The cinematic gore and fight scenes mix with heart-sinking twists and a small hint of hope.”

“Terrifying and edifying in equal measure. In showing us a chilling future, Davis-Goff offers us some provocative thoughts about the world we inhabit today.
Davis-Goff has built a frightening dystopian world from the embers of fires we’re stoking today. Brutal and beautiful, Orpen’s story is a cry against complacency. Davis-Goff invites us to examine what has always been, and fight for who and what we might be.”
—Tara Flynn, actor and author of Rage-In

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250262622
ISBN-10: 1250262623
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: October 17th, 2023
Pages: 256
Language: English