Terra Nullius

Terra Nullius

Jacky was running. There was no thought in his head, only an intense drive to run. There was no sense he was getting anywhere, no plan, no destination, no future. All he had was a sense of what was behind, what he was running from. Jacky was running. The Natives of the Colony are restless. The Settlers are eager to have a nation of peace, and to bring the savages into line. Jacky was running. There was no thought in his head, only an intense drive to run. There was no sense he was getting ...

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Title:Terra Nullius
Author:Claire G. Coleman
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Terra Nullius
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:294 pages pages

Terra Nullius Reviews

  • Lia
    Jan 28, 2018
    I am rather numb now. A speculative colonisation story that is more than the reader initially imagines. Set in the near future and we see another wave of colonisation. I cannot say anything else without spoilers. The writing was so taut. So compelling. I was torn between de...
  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    Oct 13, 2017
    This deceptively simple novel offers a powerful and damning examination of Australia's colonial history and the price paid by the continent's diverse first peoples. It is also impossible to discuss or review this book without destroying the source of its impact, so I will offer a very ...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    Jul 10, 2017
    3.5? (rounded up for a promising debut novel) ?The Settlers would be afraid of the bush, of the deep woodland, so different from their Home. That would be the safest place for him in whatever tangled, green and brown, scratchy and dirty, trackless and untidy scrub he could find....
  • Ioana
    Feb 10, 2019
    Terra Nullius, Coleman's (an indigenous Australian Noongar writer) debut novel, is impossible to rate, but I'm going with 5/5 because I think this work should become required high school reading, at least in places like Europe, or the US, or Australia (places with a legacy of colonizat...
  • Robert Sheard
    Apr 20, 2019
    I suppose the blurb on the cover should have been a clue for me, but I didn't really pay attention to it before I started reading. This story will sound familiar, how the Settlers invaded and all but wiped out the Natives. And then halfway through the novel, there's quite a twist. I'm ...
  • Brenda
    Sep 10, 2017
    Jacky was terrified but determined not to be caught again. The Settlers were brutal with anyone caught running away ? they were brutal anyway. At best, he?d be thrown in jail, and worst, a bullet in the back. But he was so hungry; he could find water, brackish though it might be ?...
  • Autumn
    Oct 07, 2018
    This. Book. One of the best things I?ve read all year. ...
  • Audra (Unabridged Chick)
    Feb 18, 2019
    So Natives continued to rebel, and continued to die. Natives continued to rebel and continued to be imprisoned, to be tortured, to be executed. Natives continued to rebel. Terra nullius -- "empty land" -- was the doctrine with which white Europeans used as the basis for invading Aus...
  • Shahedah
    Nov 06, 2017
    I had been looking forward to this book since it won the black&write! Fellowship last year, as it sounded like an absolute game changer. Even knowing the twist/spoiler that was coming halfway through, I was really keen to read it. Unfortunately it just didn't hold up for me. I d...
  • Tom
    Feb 15, 2018
    Quick review: Relentlessly mediocre, mendaciously obfuscatory, totally overrated. Slightly longer: No plot, no story. The first half of the book is forced, is made, to hide the sophomoric twist to the point of being unable to describe, to paint, about 80% of the setting, the w...
  • Emily Wrayburn
    Oct 21, 2018
    Review originally posted on A Keyboard and an Open Mind October 26, 2018: I have to start this review by saying if Terra Nullius gets recommended to you as a particular type of book, and you read the first few chapters and think ?This is not what I was told it would be?, just k...
  • Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
    Mar 02, 2018
    Wowza! Just finished this absolutely fantastic Stella Prize nominee. This was like a collision of an alternate Australian history with a Handmaid's Tale type-world. Absolutely brilliant, albeit a troubling read. ...
  • Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
    Apr 04, 2018
    A visceral speculative take of the invasion and colonization of Australia. Deeply rooted in historical realities, Coleman's debut is a powerful and vital book. ...
  • Cass Moriarty
    Mar 21, 2019
    Rather ashamed to admit that I had not yet read Claire G. Coleman?s award-winning Terra Nullius (Hachette Australia Books 2017), but after meeting Claire at a Griffith Review launch, this book was immediately moved up the TBR pile. And what a clever and thought-provoking novel it is....
  • Claire
    May 13, 2018
    This book took me a while to get into, but once I did I was glad I persevered. For the first half of the book, I thought I knew exactly the story I was reading, then bam, one sentence changed that completely. I understand why most reviews don't like to give too much away. Definitely a ...
  • Deborah
    Dec 16, 2018
    Woah! This is such a powerful book. I'd seen comments about it being a great science fiction novel, but as I was reading it, it seemed like historical fiction - it was so clearly based on white Australians' mistreatment of Aboriginal Australians in the early 20th century. The cha...
  • Anna
    Mar 15, 2018
    This was such an interesting novel. While it presents a dystopian vision of a very different Australia, it also gives a compelling commentary on Australia's colonial history and the mistreatment of its Indigenous people. This is made more effective by the clever ambiguity in the first ...
  • Lata
    Mar 17, 2019
    A unsettling tale of an invasion and colonization of Australia by Settlers. Natives are imprisoned, reeducated, abused and killed. The narrative could take place in any part of the world where an indigenous population was targeted and gradually eradicated, and if that was all it was, t...
  • Carol Ryles
    Sep 02, 2017
    This is the kind of Science Fiction novel that speaks volumes, defamiliarising truths about colonisation that are harsh and confronting without being divisive. A fabulous, moving debut novel from an indigenous Australian author whose perspectives create a compelling read I could not pu...
  • Justine
    Mar 07, 2019
    A searing story of colonisation informed by Australia's own colonial past and the subjugation of Aboriginal peoples by European settlers. The story begins with what modern eyes recognize as the true horror experienced by colonised people who were oppressed and barely acknowledged as...
  • Calzean
    Jul 12, 2018
    To the Australian indigenous people, the arrival of the white man must have been a real dystopian event. With their technology, diseases, greed and self-righteousness the country and its inhabitants were conquered. "Terra Nullius" is a cunning dystopian tale of the invasion of Austral...
  • Jessica Lourigan
    Apr 16, 2018
    A disappointing end to a story that I felt had a lot of potential. My initial opinion of the TWIST being genius sadly diminished. The storyline quickly unravelled and became repetitive with unbearable forced dialogue. Still a unique idea that perhaps was a little too ambitious for this...
  • Roy
    Oct 23, 2017
    DNF. Just wasn't for me. Interesting speculative fiction but wasnt grabbing me. ...
  • Britta Böhler
    Nov 29, 2018
    Nope. Even the best twist is just a quirk if there is not enough story coming with it. And Hachette: how about employing editors who actually, you know, edit? 1.5* ...
  • Rebecca Bowyer
    Sep 10, 2017
    Research has shown that reading novels improves empathy. Terra Nullius certainly does just that. If you want to understand ? on an emotional level ? the history and current plight of modern-day Australian aboriginals, this is a good place to start. The first half of Claire G Col...
  • Kali Napier
    Jan 01, 2018
    Very difficult to review this book without spoilers, but I think most people will pick it up knowing that Terra Nullius is cross-genre; at first, reading like historical fiction as we follow the stories of a cast of characters: Jacky on the run from the household where he works as a sl...
  • t.
    Mar 24, 2019
    Actual rating: 3,5* ?What souls they have, we will save. Whatever it is they use for brains we will educate it -' she smiled the self-satisfied smile the other sisters most likely hated though they should be scared to say it, '- whether they like it or not.? Let?s start off...
  • Amanda Baldwin
    Feb 19, 2019
    Incredible Australian speculative fiction. Gripping, uncomfortable and written with words that flow straight from the page into your heart. I?ll be thinking about this one for years to come. ...
  • Sarah
    May 26, 2018
    This book was not what I was expecting at all. While the idea was interesting and message important, the transition in the story was executed poorly - it felt very forced. I also thought there was a lot of ?telling? of the characters? thoughts and feelings rather than ?showing?...
  • Emma Gerts
    Jun 14, 2018
    The only thing that stopped this book from being 5 stars was just a little bit of inexperience in the writing. I could tell this was a debut novel. The flow and pace of the dialogue was sometimes just a little bit off, and some of the descriptions were a little repetitive and not neces...