Welcome to Orphancorp by Marlee Jane Ward

This month I’m recommending Welcome to Orphancorp by Marlee Jane Ward.

This razor sharp near future SF novella tells the story of Mirii, an orphan who’s nearing her last days in a privatised orphanage before she ages out of the system.

While the book unflinchingly explores concepts of class, the corporatisation of various institutions, dehumanisation and the abuse of detained youth, the brutality of the events portrayed is counterbalanced with ample humour, humanity and moments of triumph against adversity.

Overall, it’s a great read with an engaging voice and a corporate dystopia that feels disturbingly real and relevant in today’s world.

This novella won both the 2015 Seizure Viva La Novella Prize and the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Young Adult. Read it to see why!

More about the book can be found on the publisher’s site.

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