The Trial Laura Bates


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No matter how hard you try, the truth will always come out . . . A survival story about the dangers of silence from multi-award-winning author and activist, Laura Bates.

After a plane crash sees a group of seven teens washed up on a desert island, their first thought is survival. But a terrible secret from a party the night before has followed them ashore. Facing deadly threats and the fear of being stranded forever, they quickly discover that being the most popular kid in High School doesn’t help when you’re fighting to stay alive.

As the island deals each of them a dangerous blow, it’s clear that someone is looking for justice. Now survival depends on facing the truth about that party: who was hurt that night, and who let it happen? From multi-award-winning author and gender equality activist, Laura Bates, this thought-provoking drama will start an important conversation and keep you guessing to the end. Praise for The Trial: ‘While the climactic “trial” provides a satisfying political edge, the most gripping passages involve the simple struggle for survival.’ – Financial Times ‘Laura Bates is one of the most important feminist voices we have and The Trial is engaging and clever, thought-provoking and thrilling.

The Trial is a book about a group of seven teens who end up being in a plane crash and stuck on a desert island. They try to focus on survival, but there is a secret putting all of them in danger and someone is looking for justice. Deadly events happen, putting all of their lives at danger. Now they must uncover the secret and find out who is doing all of this before it is too late.

I really enjoyed this book. I was hooked from page 1. The storyline was really interesting and very unpredictable. This book is one of my favourite books that I have read for ages. I think adding in that mystery of a dangerous secret really made the story stand out. It also deals with very real situations, such as rape. The characters were interesting and just when you thought you had figured everything out, something else comes to light.

There was nothing that I really disliked about this book, but I feel like the events that happened on the last few pages of the book could have been written differently. I would explain more but I don’t want to spoil it for other readers.

I would recommend this book to age 13+ readers and I rate it a nine and a half out of ten.Emily Smith, Youth Ambassador