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by Sammy H.K. Smith

Narrated by Christina Cole

Unabridged — 10 hours, 9 minutes

Sammy H.K. Smith


by Sammy H.K. Smith

Narrated by Christina Cole

Unabridged — 10 hours, 9 minutes

Sammy H.K. Smith

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Beaten. Branded. Defiant.

Anna is a possession. She is owned by the man named Will, shielded from the world of struggles by his care. He loves her, protects her, and then breaks her. Anna is obedient, dutiful, and compliant. Anna does not know her place in the world.

When she falls pregnant, Anna leaves her name behind, and finds the strength to run. But the past - and Will - catch up with her in an idyllic town with a dark secret, and this time, it's not just Anna who is at risk.

© 2021 Sammy H.K. Smith (P) Penguin Audio and Rebellion Publishing 2021

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly


Moving between two anxiety-inducing settings—a postapocalyptic dystopia rife with gendered abuse and a small, isolated enclave that seems perfect but harbors dark secrets—Smith (In Search of Gods and Heroes) attempts to craft a personal story of female resilience, but the empowering moments are overshadowed by relentless trauma. Following the devastation of a vaguely described global war, the protagonist has spent two years surviving in the hellscape of the Unlands—until scavenger Will captures her and brands her as a slave. She protects her selfhood by assuming the false name “Anna” and goes through the motions of obedience as a method of self-preservation. But Will is determined to break Anna’s spirit and force her to embrace her role as his possession. After many months, the now pregnant Anna manages to escape and makes it to the relative safety of a cooperative homestead where she prepares to welcome her son. But the horrors of her past are not as far away as she hoped. Smith presents a cynical view of human relationships while offering little psychological exploration, giving the story a cinematic feel heavy on voyeuristically framed abuse and lacking the emotional depth that would help readers empathize with Anna. What catharsis there is proves insufficient to justify the darkness readers must wade through to get to it. (May)

BFS Reviews - Shona Kinsella

"It is brutal and honest and brave beyond measure. It will pull your emotions every which way, so expect to have quite the book hangover when you’re finished..."

Shalini Boland

"Anna is a totally immersive read. Dark and compelling, you’ll want to clear a schedule to make time to read this because once you start, it will be hard to stop."

John Dodd

"Anna is a masterpiece."

N. M. Browne

"A suspenseful read that explores the implications of abuse against the background of a broken and brutalised society. Compelling."


"You’ll experience every single emotion. There are moments of joy in the book, moments of love and laughter... the darkness is lit by those moments, and it is as dark and unforgiving as Cormac McCarthy’s 'The Road'."

G. R. Matthews

"I loved this book. It challenged me, drew emotions to the surface, gave me pause, time to reflect, to think, and created a believable dystopian world for it all to happen in."

Pete W. Sutton

"Smith kicks you in the head, in the heart and in the gut... it felt like I’d had an emotional beating when I finished reading it."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940177252315
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 02/17/2022
Edition description: Unabridged

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