'Risk', the debut novel of Australian author, Fleur Ferris was released by Random House this month. It's a chilling account of Sierra and Taylor, teens who navigate the world of online chat with dire consequences. The author's credible portrayal of Sierra, Taylor and their friends, allows the reader an emotional connection and the shared experience of their moral dilemma when Sierra ventures off to meet "Jacob Jones".
While the central theme is risky online behaviour and its associated consequences, several other powerful themes emerge, worthy not only of the reader's immediate attention but of further discussion, making it an ideal class read. The author's realistic insight into the teen world coupled with her rich background as a police officer and a paramedic, allows the exploration not only of the darker side of the online world but the complicated realms of human relationships, emotion and the grieving response.
As a strong advocate of the need for shared values, I envisage that 'Risk' could allow both class and family discussions on the values of honesty and integrity, quality relationships, communication, trust and personal dignity. It promotes family discussion about the need for online vigilance and open communication to ensure the immediate reporting of suspicious behaviours.
'Risk' is a compelling and powerful story that saw my 'quick read' turn into a reading marathon. As I closed the book, I immediately reached for the phone to share reactions and responses with a fellow reader. Although, just recently purchased, my copy of 'Risk' is already doing the rounds of the family.
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