Young Franga has problems.

He’s poor, he’s put-upon, he has a massive and unrequited crush on a kind-hearted sex worker, and he’s a bald, yellow-skinned, crimson-eyed mutant outcast living in the dystopian hellhole that is the Inasiddy of New Sydney, circa… well, no one really knows, but a while after everything went to hell.

It’s a tough life, but things start looking up when Franga finds a weird technological artifact in the ruins of the city that might spell a new lease on life for its beleaguered citizens – or possibly the end of all things. It’s a toss-up.

Featuring a full ensemble of mutants, monsters, chancers, rebels, religious nutters, cannibals, and more, Straya comes to us from the fevered mind of screenwriter and film critic Anthony O’Connor (Angst, Redd Inc). Written in an Aussie patois in much the same way Trainspotting was written in Scottish, it’s a madcap rampage through the blasted ruins of Australian culture. Violent, profane, and laugh out loud funny, it’s quite simply the most Australian sci-fi novel since…well, ever.

Read more at Blunt Magazine.

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