Children of Zone, published by Connor Court, 2015
In 1986 there was a nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, in what was then the Soviet Union. The area, over two thousand square kilometres, was evacuated and sealed. But 149 schoolkids are left behind, forgotten. Over time, they learn how to survive, and slowly they build a society for themselves despite the dangers – radiation, wolves, and winter – of the Zone. Twenty years after the Evacuation, a helicopter from the other side of the Wall appears – with a mysterious woman at the controls. That encounter sparks a chain of events which leads one of the Children, the hunter Isaak, back to the past – and towards a confrontation which threatens the future of the Zone itself.