The Territory


Noa Blake is just another normal 15 year old with exams looming. Except in The Territory normal isn’t normal. The richest children have a node on the back of their necks and can download information, bypassing the need to study. In a flooded world of dwindling resources, Noa and the other ‘Norms’ have their work cut out even to compete. And competing is everything – because anybody who fails the exams will be shipped off to the Wetlands, which means a life of misery, if not certain death. But how to focus when your heart is being torn in two directions at once?


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10 thoughts on “The Territory

  1. This is an extraordinary book and i am currently reading the third book the truth. It is an exciting book about how the rich are separated from the poor in two separate environments.

  2. I’m almost finished and \i still believe that this is my favorite book!! There always seems to be a character that appears at the worst possible time for the other characters, isn’t there… That would be Raf. Raf is a ‘freakoid’ as Noa calls them, but he’s a Childe. Childe’s are known for always passing their TAAs, meaning a lot more pressure for the Norms… I would call Raf a distraction for Noa, but she seems to like him, unlike her friends.

  3. Even a few pages in and the tension is huge!! Noa Blake seems about 15, getting ready for GSCEs, or as they call it TAAs. However, failing a GCSE means having to re-do it, failing a TAA means getting kicked out of your home to go and live in the Wetlands, where you would probably die. I haven’t actually finished it yet, but it’s definitely my favorite book overall…

  4. A really great book,
    You just want to see the next book after reading the massive cliff hanger
    Funny and Tense
    A really gripping story line towards the end

    You can always take away from this book that defiance will only get you so far and doing things to make your life easier have consequences

  5. I found this book really interesting and hooking. It is really well written and a defendant page turner. The themes that are introduced in this book are scary if that is the future of education…… I really loved this book and I suggest you read it

  6. Meet Noa Blake, the protagonist of the first trilogy in the Territory series. As we follow her life on The Territory, a safe haven free from parasites and disease like the Wetlands, we meet believable, vivid and authentic characters. In this story of endurance, prejudice and discovery we learn to question the future of our world and begin to realise the importance of our environment and our overall impact on it.
    The year is 2059 and on 5th June, Noa’s life as she knows it might change forever.
    After the catastrophic flood that took place due to global warming and the melting of the ice caps, most of our beautiful world is now uninhabitable. Vegetation, whole species of animals, cities – submerged and destroyed. The population in liveable areas is multiplying like bacteria and the government have no option but to control these numbers, as they like to say “Limited space requires limited numbers”. They concluded that all children which are 15 years old must sit the TAA, pass this exam and you can continue to live on this island of bliss, but fail the exam and you’re shipped off to the Wetlands, – a death sentence, a land ridden with disease, filth, grime, filled with starvation and malady.
    The richest can afford their children to “Upload”, bypass and download all the information needed for the exam. These “freakoids”, referred to as Childes, have the highest chance of success but how about all the others? The Norms have their work cut out as come exam day, June 5th, their life can be taken away from them in a blink. Under this law established by The Ministry, thousands of innocent children each year lose their lives to this system.
    Sarah explores this sinister theme of Freakoids, a newly engineered elite race seeming robotic in their way of thinking and their day to day behaviour. Becoming The Ministry’s models and discriminating against the Norm society, there is clear friction between these groups sparking arguments, fights and protests all over the Territory.
    I love the different topics the author explored in this book: sci-fi, dystopia and even the extent of predicting the consequences of our actions and how our world is slowly and painfully deteriorating. This book is important in our modern society and I recommend reading this book as It raises issues in our political and environmental system which gave me a new perspective on how I live my own life.

  7. The territory is a great book, funny however it posses a gripping storyline at the end. You just want to read the next after you read the massive cliff-hanger at the end.
    I recommend this book to anyone as it truly is fantastic!

  8. Sebastian
    Eltham College
    I think this book is amazing set in the future, 2059, Noa Blake and her friends have to sit the TAA this year to decide if the go to the wetland (certain death) or if they pass stay in the territory. The go against the freakoids who have a plugin so that they can easily upload information. Jack one of Noa’s best friends could get a SAM (basically a free pass) for art, which he is amazing at. Read the book to find out more! Cant wait until I read book 2!

  9. I really enjoyed this book too. I raises lots of issues of freedom of speech and ideas. The society and how they are impacting on the environment as well as having an unfair advantage when it comes to taking exams.

    Book 2 The Escape is also brilliant ….

  10. I really enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting. Set in a dystopian future, the book tells the story of Noa and her classmates who are working toward a school test which will determine their fate. Set in a world where resources are scarce or non-existent it looks like the “Childes” or “Freakoids” will always have the upper hand but Noa and the other “Norms” don’t give up easily. Raising issues such as environmental change, the education system and the power of technology, the book builds to a gripping ending. I’m already looking forward to book 2 !

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