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  • Published: 1 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143775386
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $19.99

Black Spiral




The sequel to Violet Black and Black Wolf.

THE SUSPENSE-FILLED CONCLUSION TO THE BLACK SPIRAL TRILOGY

Violet and Johnno have escaped the Foundation’s compounds. Reunited, they need somewhere safe for the three of them to hide: Violet, Johnno and their unborn child.

Beat. Heartbeat. One, two, three. I only just became aware of the third today, just another complication in an impossible situation.

The Foundation is particularly keen to get its hands on the baby. Is freedom an impossible dream?

  • Published: 1 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9780143775386
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Eileen Merriman

Eileen Merriman’s first young adult novel, Pieces of You, was published in 2017, and was a finalist in the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and a Storylines Notable Book. Since then, a stream of novels for adults and young adults have followed. She has received huge critical praise, with one reviewer saying: ‘Merriman is an instinctive storyteller with an innate sense of timing.’ In addition to being a regular finalist in the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, Merriman was a finalist in the 2021 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel and Moonlight Sonata was longlisted for the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction 2020. Editions of some of her young adult novels have been released in Germany, Turkey and the UK and three have been optioned for film or TV, including the Black Spiral Trilogy.

Her other awards include runner-up in the 2018 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Award and third in the same award for three consecutive years previously. She works as a consultant haematologist at North Shore Hospital.

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Praise for Black Spiral

This is the best ScFi series and futurism I have read since The Arc Of the Scythe series which is also reviewed on this site. It is the final in the series and ties up all the themes and plot lines in a satisfactory ending but leaving food for thought. . . . An extremely thought provoking series that is compulsive reading. Don’t miss this series you will kick yourself if you do.

Bob Docherty, Bobs Book Blog

I adored reading the first two volumes in Eileen Merriman’s The Black Spiral trilogy. My words grace the back of the third volume: 'Characters matter, dialogue matters, real-life detail matters, significant issues matter and you are always held in the grip of a perfectly pitched narrative …This YA fiction at its life-crackling best.' This appraisal also applies to the third and final volume, Black Spiral because it resonates and grips on many levels. Like the first two books, it is exquisitely crafted at the level of both sentence and architecture. . . . What makes the novel strike so deeply are the ideas. Follow the stench of corruption wherein those in power (not just the Foundation but across Governments and other organisations) use power to serve themselves as opposed to multiple communities. To serve the well-off, to dupe the vulnerable. What price human life? was a question running through my mind as I read. Ideas on biological warfare, vaccines, pandemics, human greed, percolate above and below the narrative surface. I am reminded how we need to insist on scrutiny, on speaking out, on maintaining solid, useful and indeed loving human connections. Yet what also makes the novel are the characters. The way good and evil are not clear cut, easily discernible divisions. . . . I couldn’t put the book down. Black Spiral clung to me as I ate, did chores, did my own writing. After I read the final page, I dreamed of the novel that night, and it stuck with me the next day. Like a shape shifter before my eyes. Like a phantom cloud of ideas, plot and epiphanies. The relationships, the connections. Eileen’s medical background adds gritty layers, ethical choices, questions about the babies we carry, medical interventions, using humans as guinea pigs, being transparent. Black Spiral still clings as I work on my own novel, as I read the next poetry book, as I hang out the washing, listen to the latest Covid numbers, the catastrophic events in Ukraine, the twisted choices of the protestors. Novels as good as this offer retreat, reinforcement and uplift. Glorious.

Paula Green, Poetry Shelf

The third and final book in this excellent Young Adult trilogy from Eileen Merriman. . . . A gripping finale to this series and an author to watch out for.

Ann Kilduff, Rotorua Daily Post

The Black Spiral is the final book in the 'Black Spiral' trilogy and brings the series to a thrilling conclusion. . . . The Black Spiral takes the trilogy to a deeper level while still being a suspenseful, page-turning read. The characters are well-drawn, the plotting first-class, and the story lingers in your mind long after reading the final page. It’s aimed at the young adult reader, but older readers will also enjoy these futuristic books.

Karen McMillan, NZ Booklovers

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