Hayley Barker


One Boy. One Girl. One Deadly Circus.


Up on the high wire, Hoshiko’s life hangs in the balance every night. Her job: to entertain the Pures, whatever the cost. She loathes them all, so why is she so drawn to the boy in the crowd?


Ben should be enjoying watching the deadly shows: after all, Dregs are vermin, aren’t they? Something doesn’t feel right though and, try as he might, he can’t stop thinking about Hoshiko.


They live in different worlds, believe in different truths.


They should hate one another, and yet…


Young Adult

UK Publication

Scholastic UK, October 2017

US Publication

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World: Scholastic UK
Netherlands: De Fontein
French: Bayard Presse
German: Rowohlt
Russian: Eksmo