I did wonder about a few things in the society depicted in this novel, such as Australia’s apparent isolation, but there’s a limit to how much explanation I would want to read so it was probably better without it. In any case the novel rightly focuses on Sal’s world, and that is convincing and compelling.
This is Kim Westwood’s second book, another standalone speculative fiction novel. The Courier’s New Bicycle has a crime plot which will broaden its appeal. The quality of the writing makes this novel stand out. It tackles some big issues but with a light touch. Although the setting is grim, the way the social outcasts care for each other and their resilience mean The Courier’s New Bicycle is thought-provoking rather than depressing.