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Ways of the Doomed

Moira McPartlin (Author)

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It’s the year 2089 and everything is altered. The revolutions of the early 21st century have created a world divided – between the Privileged few and the Native (Celtic)
underclass. Sorlie is enjoying a typical carefree Privileged teenage life until it is smashed apart by the cruel death of his parents and he is spirited away to live with his ice-cold grandfather at a mysterious island penal colony.

Sorlie’s discovery that the captives are being genetically altered to remove all trace of their Native origins triggers a chain of shocking events that reveal his grandfather’s terrible secrets and, ultimately, the truth about himself.

Prizes and awards

The Incomers shortlisted for the Saltire Society First Book Award 2012

REVIEWS OF Ways of the Doomed

'“If you liked Divergent and that one about hunger, you'’re going to love Ways of The Doomed. Moira McPartlin’s prose is rich but unpretentious, her storytelling, thumping.'” -– Helen Fitzgerald

“'Beautifully written with fully realised characters, vivid settings, and a clever and playful use of language. loved it! ”' -– Christina Banach, author of Minty

'This is a story that quickly grips you as a reader, and then keeps you turning the page right through to a dramatic conclusion that is nicely unpredictable. The pace is urgent, and the characters and setting are very believable.' - Undiscovered Scotland Read more

"An enjoyable read and proof once again that YA novels can be appreciated by all. I look forward to reading the sequels." - Jackie Law, NeverImitate Blog Read more


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Ways of the Doomed

About the author

Moira McPartlin

Moira McPartlin made a big impact with her debut novel The Incomers, which tells the tale of a West African woman moving to a small town in 1960s Scotland. It was shortlisted for the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award and was a critical success. Moira is also a prolific writer of short stories and poetry, which have been published in a wide variety of literary magazines.

Praise for The Incomers: “A graceful, searching tale of a stranger in a strange land. Its emotional resonance and narrative sweep fascinate to the end.” – Alan Bissett

“Graceful, delicate stuff that masterfully builds as it goes, painting a picture of a time, place and people that is never less than engrossing…” – Daily Record

“Raises issues of estrangement vividly and compassionately” – Northwords Now