By Mats Söderlund

Jenny, David and Wilma have just found out that they belong to the ancient people Olus. That’s why the siblings see, hear and feel things that their friends don’t, and that’s why they can jump longer and run faster than others. During thousands of years humans and Olus have lived side by side, and Olus have hidden their true identity – but now their entire existence is being threatened and the secret about to be revealed.

Simultaneously the situation in the world is aggravated. The lack of water is acute and the conflicts and disturbances grow. The siblings’ mother – currently Minister for the Climate in the Government – has decided to run for secretary-general of the United Nations. But what will happen if it comes to notice that she’s not a human?

In the hightech future the question of water is still crucial and the frictions among the olus are getting more and more distinct. Some want to live in harmony with the humans and use their Olus resources to save the world, while others want to step forward and take control and destroy mankind once and for all. But they haven’t expected the humans’ fear and loathing for everything that’s different.

The Struggle is the continuation of the critically acclaimed The Threat and it’s the second book in The Descendants trilogy.

First published by Rabén & Sjögren, Autumn 2018. 542 pages

The mix of genres is great: a realistic YA novel, fantasy, saga with trolls, Sami and Greenlandic mythology and a dystopia where frightening climate changes are the focus of interest. […] The target group is genre reading young adults, but this is a book for many more. The language is the strongest part of the novel. Söderlund writes in a way that is both austere and endlessly poetic. […] always well written and enjoyable. Altogether this is a unique and succesful combination.

Thrilling, captivating and skillfully written!
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I completely love Mats Söderlund’s way of writing and how he weaves in poetry […] Don’t let us forget all the amazing characters. Good as bad, but even that it feels like the book treats. What is really good or bad? It’s fun to follow the characters’ development and how they still feel real. […] In short, this is a damn good series […] I look forward to the continuation […]

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