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The Crossing (Blood of the Lamb #1)

Mandy Hager


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A compelling dystopian novel; winner of the 2010 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards: Young Adult Fiction. Maryam refused to play by the Rules, and now they're out to get her blood… The people of Onewere, a small island in the Pacific, know that they are special-chosen by the great Apostles of the Lamb to survive the deadly Tribulation that consumed the Earth. Now, from their Holy City in the rotting cruise ship Star of the Sea, the Apostles control the population-manipulating texts from the Holy Book to implant themselves as living gods. But what the people of Onewere don't know is this: the white elite will stop at nothing to meet their own blood-thirsty needs… When Maryam crosses from child to woman, she must leave everything she has ever known and make a Crossing of another kind. But life inside the Holy City is not as she had dreamed, and she is faced with the unthinkable: obey the Apostles and very likely die, or turn her back on every belief she once held dear. This book is a fast, suspenseful drama underpinned by a powerful and moving story about love and loss.

Praise For The Crossing (Blood of the Lamb #1)

Praise for The Crossing and Mandy Hagar:

"[Maryam's] struggle to recognize and fight exploitation that's been reinforced by religious faith is compelling. …This trilogy opener will be just the thing for those readers still hungry for dystopias." - Kirkus Reviews

"Like 1984 for teenagers-direct, passionate, and powerful."
- Margaret Mahy, New Zealand's foremost children's writer

"Readers who love dystopian fiction, yet are searching for a unique storyline, should take a chance with Hager's novel. The imperfect protagonist, the low-key romance that sparks life into a dangerous story, and the urgency the characters carry make Hager's The Crossing an addicting and thought-provoking read."  - Blogcritics

"A post apocalyptic thriller of such force and originality...."
-Booktopia SF & Fantasy September Buzz

Praise for The Blood of the Lamb:

"With strong themes about racial and religious oppression and social justice, this series offers a well-constructed dystopia featuring issues that are all too realistic. Thought-provoking and action-packed.” - School Library Journal

Pyr, 9781616146986, 280pp.

Publication Date: January 8, 2013

About the Author

Mandy Hager is an award-winning writer and educator based in Wellington, New Zealand. She has a drive to tell stories that matter-direct, powerful stories with something to say. She won the 2010 New Zealand Post Children's Book Award for Young Adult Fiction for The Crossing. Visit her online at,, and on Twitter @MandyHager.