Author: Nick Green
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
How do you save the world when it’s already too late?
Don’t ask Leo Lloyd-Jones. Ask him how to steal a car, or why he got excluded from every school in Salford, but don’t come to him for help. This whole thing must be a daft mistake – and if anyone finds out, he’s done for.
Earth is on a deadly collision course that nothing can prevent. The only real hope is Project Firebird, deep inside a blast-proof bunker that shelters the brightest and bravest young people. Leo has got mixed up with the likes of Rhys Carnarvon, the celebrated teenage polar explorer, and other child prodigies chosen to keep the flame of civilisation.
Among them is the streetwise Paige Harris, a girl Leo likes a lot (but not in that way). Paige is desperate to rescue her little sister from London before the catastrophe strikes. But no-one is crazy enough to try that. Almost no-one.
Leo is about to find out why he’s here.
With excellent world-building, author Nick Green crafts a realistic, intriguing world set in the future.
Project Firebird is humanity’s only hope to survive. Earth’s population will most surely be eradicated, but a blast-proof bunker has been designed to shelter the brightest of humanity’s youngsters, and it’s up to them to rebuild civilisation. Leo is certain he doesn’t quite belong with the child prodigies – after all, he has no real qualities that set him apart from the rest. But when disaster strikes, he might find out the real reason why he’s part of Project Firebird.
The story is solid, and while it has science-fiction elements, it never relies on them too heavily so that even science newbies like myself can enjoy it.