by Gary Taaffe
Series: Urban Hunters #2
Published: October 10, 2011
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult
Format: eBook (108 pages)
Source: For Review
Suffering similar tragedies a world apart and forced to grow up before their time, Billy and Amber must find a new future, one beyond anything either of them could ever have imagined. Life was normal for Billy, living hidden in the bush with the last of his kind. Until the spirit of his mother told him in a dream to go Walkabout where the whitefellas live. Find some girls or watch his clan of men die out, ending the Dreamtime forever.
Spoiler free even if you haven’t read the first book in this series.
Tribal Scarring is the second short story in the Urban Hunters series and it was a little more serious than the first book, Four Small Stones. I missed the light-hearted humor of the first one. Still, it was a nice contrast to see the dangers of living in the bush in Australia. I definitely felt some culture shock as I was reading about Billy and the rituals he goes through to become a man. The writing was intense and so well done. The author doesn’t spell everything out for you. He lets you discover this new culture on your own which I liked. I can’t wait to see what Billy’s next adventure is! Also, I’d like to know what a yabby is. :)
Content Rating: High, for some graphic tribual rituals and some language. Highlight between the brackets for more details. (Billy goes through a circumcision that is described in some detail and there a few d*** words.)
I received this book for review from the author, Gary Taaffe, in exchange for an honest review. I was not told what to say, I was not paid to write this review and all the opinions expressed are my own.