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SAY-line (like the words)


  1. containing or impregnated with salt
  2. (of a solution) containing sodium chloride and/or a salt or salts of magnesium or another alkali metal


  1. a solution of salt in water
  2. a saline solution used in medicine

‘Hopefully they wouldn’t run out of anything saline enough.’


This week’s theme is Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen!

When they first arrived, they came quietly and stealthily as if they tip-toed into the world when we were all looking the other way.

Ade loves living at the top of a tower block. From his window, he feels like he can see the whole world stretching out beneath him.

His mum doesn’t really like looking outside – but it’s going outside that she hates. She’s happier sleeping all day inside their tower, where it’s safe.

But one day, other tower blocks on the estate start falling down around them and strange, menacing plants begin to appear.

Now their tower isn’t safe anymore. Ade and his mum are trapped and there’s no way out.

The premise is that London is taken over by monstrous plants with poisonous spores. The story follows the few characters who don’t evacuate as they try to survive in this unique apocalypse.

Mini-review coming soon!