When the next baby is dropped, I will leave to make room for him. He will take my place.

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Abandoned at birth, the Brothers of the Ikkuma Pit know no mothers. They fend for themselves, each training their Little Brother to survive - until they grow into men and it's time for their Leaving Day.

No boy knows what's beyond the forest.

No Brother who left has ever come back.

Until now . . .

"An imaginative world with the glint of originality . . . richly conceived" (Nicolette Jones Sunday Times 'Book of the Week')

"The Pit and its community (are) a thought-through world, the writing sharp and funny, the boys an arresting mixture of toughness and tenderness" (Guardian)

"A fast-moving, sometimes heartbreaking adventure with enough action to keep readers entertained, [with] a subtle message that no one should be judged without having a chance to prove him- or herself." (Laura Godfrey Quill & Quire)

"The compelling mythology and dystopian setting will appeal to genre readers. Fans of James Dashner, Margaret Peterson Haddix, and Patrick Ness need look no further." (Kirkus)

"Fans of Rick Riordan and Anthony Horowitz will want to read this action-filled debut novel that offers a new world to enjoy and a new underdog to root for." (Booklist)

Shortlisted for the 2015 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award
Shortlisted for the 2014 Sunburst Award (Young Adult)