The Mark - Edyth Bulbring (Paperback)

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14-16 years. Set in a post apocalyptic future world, Juliet Seven and her sister Kitty are low class citizens of Slum City. Born into poverty, dumped into housing blocks, they are destined to become pleasure workers, drudges or servants in the homes of the moneyed posh of Mangeria City. Each child is assigned a trade at birth by The Machine, which also stamps a number, the Mark, on to the base of the spine. Also part of the system is the festival of fate-mates – or compulsory coupling. Juliet is nearing the end of her schooling: at sixteen she will start work as a servant in the home of Mistress, wife to an influential government minister of Mangeria City. But it is the Mark which Juliet desperately wants removed, so she can be free. Will she glean enough information about the inner workings of The Machine from the snippets of conversation she hears in Mistress’ house? Can she trust anyone at all? When her plan to escape results in her sister Kitty being taken off to Sin City, Juliet has to make a decision that could change her life forever. “Constant tension, constant antagonism with authority and harsh underlying social comment.” – Jay Heale

Product Details

3 Sep 2014
Content Source
South African
Supply Source
South Africa


Edyth Bulbring
Number of Pages
213 x 137 x 15mm (260g)


In the future, the world has flipped. Ravaged by the Conflagration, this is a harsh world where the relentless sun beats down, peoples lives are run by a heartless elite and law is enforced by a brutal brigade. A mark at the base of the spine controls each persons destiny. The Machine decides what work you will do and who your life partner will be. In this world, everyone must make their contribution. Some more than others. Juliet Seven Ettie will soon turn 15 and her life as a drudge will begin, her fate-mate mate will be chosen. Like everyone else, her future is marked by the numbers on her spine. But Ettie decides to challenge her destiny. And in so doing, she fulfils the prophecy that was spoken of before she even existed.


General Subject
Children's Fiction
BISAC Subject 1
Juvenile Fiction / General
BIC Classification 1
General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

Author Bio

Edyth Bulbring attended the University of Cape Town where she completed a BA whilst editing the university newspaper Varsity. Having worked as a journalist for fifteen years, including time spent as the political correspondent at The Sunday Times of South Africa covering the first ever democratic elections, Edyth moved into writing full time. She is the author of Pops & the Nearly Dead (Penguin, 2010) and The Club (Jonathan Ball, 2008), as well as four young adult novels: The Summer of Toffie and Grummer (OUP), Cornelia Button and the Globe of Gamagion (Jacana). Melly, Mrs Ho and Me and Melly, Fatty and Me (Penguin SA) were published in the UK by Hot Key Books in 2013. She lives in Johannesburg.

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Constant tension, constant antagonism with authority and harsh underlying social comment. Jay Heale.