Three Bullets

Three Bullets

By Author / Illustrator

Melvin Burgess

Genre

Representation & Inclusion

Age range(s)

14+

Publisher

Andersen Press Ltd

ISBN

9781839130502

Format

Hardback

Published

01-07-2021

Synopsis

The Bloods are in control and they're desperate to turn Britain into the world they want to see: right, white, Christian supremist. Anyone who they call abnormal is a target. Amidst the chaos of civil war the country is on the move as small militia groups fight each other and a sea of refugees escapes the cities and the pursuing Bloods. When her home is destroyed in a bombing raid, Marti must strike out on a mission of her own - to save her father and get his vital software into the right hands. But Marti is mixed race and trans and has her young brother in tow. Crossing into enemy territory could prove suicidal. Yet Marti's enemies haven't reckoned with her indomitable will to survive - and the gun she carries, which has three bullets ....


Q&A with author Melvin Burgess

Reviews

Lucy

The Bloods are in control and they're desperate to turn Britain into the world they want to see: right, white, Christian supremist. Anyone who they call abnormal is a target. Amidst the chaos of civil war, the country is on the move as small militia groups fight each other and a sea of refugees escapes the cities and the pursuing Bloods. When her home is destroyed in a bombing raid, Marti must strike out on a mission of her own - to save her father and get his vital software into the right hands. But Marti is mixed race and trans and has her young brother in tow. Crossing into enemy territory could prove suicidal. Yet Marti's enemies haven't reckoned with her indomitable will to survive - and the gun she carries, which has three bullets . . .


You know when there is talk of a Melvin Burgess novel that it’s going to be blunt, hard hitting and straight to the point and this was most definitely no exception. In Three Bullets, you have a worryingly disturbing setting in that of a dystopian and bigoted war-torn England where you find yourself brutally thrown in head first. Following the bombing of her home and the apparent death of her mother, you next meet Marti who plans to leave England for Amsterdam. Initially Marti is arrogant and frustrating and to not to put to fine a point on it, unlikeable. The 'Bloods' are moving north, torturing and wiping out anyone who isn't white and who doesn't fit in and follow their agenda; Marti, along with her 'adopted' sister Maude and her little brother are determined to survive.


This is definitely a novel for your more mature 14+ students as it deals with a myriad of uncomfortable themes; abuse, sexism, racism, homophobia, fascism to name just a few. Perhaps read it first before you put it confidently on your library shelves, but I am sure that your older students will race through it and thoroughly enjoy it. As with any novel by Melvin Burgess, it is captivating, clever, shocking and written in his own inimitable style. Honestly? I personally really wanted to love it so much more than I did but it definitely is an incredibly intelligent novel.


240 pages / Reviewed by Lucy Georgeson, school librarian

Suggested Reading Age 14+

 

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