by Blythe Woolston

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Award-winning author Blythe Woolston conjures an alien yet strangely familiar world of big box stores and suburban decay. Here, daily routine revolves around shopping – for those who can. For Zoë, the mission is simpler: live.

Sharp and satirical, this dark comedy will appeal to fans of M.T. Anderson's groundbreaking dystopia, Feed. An unsettling story of consumerism gone mad, MARTians brilliantly imagines "a world that is part Kafka and part Orwell" (Booklist).

Last girl Zoë Zindleman, numerical ID 009-99-9999, is starting work at AllMART, where "your smile is the AllMART welcome mat”. Her living arrangements are equally bleak: she can wait for her home to be repossessed now that AnnaMom has left, or move to the Warren, an abandoned shopping centre, to live with the other left-behind children. As Zoë struggles to find her place in a world that has consumed itself beyond redemption, she realizes she isn’t ready to disappear into the AllMART abyss quite yet. Zoë wants to live.

  • ISBN10 1406341398
  • ISBN13 9781406341393
  • Publish Date 1 March 2016 (first published 13 October 2015)
  • Publish Status Out of Print
  • Out of Print 13 June 2022
  • Publish Country GB
  • Imprint Walker Books Ltd
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 224
  • Language English