IAM1: I Am Margaret

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"Great style... like The Hunger Games." Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl

A future dystopian thriller retelling the story of St. Margaret Clitherow.

In Margo’s world, belief is a crime and the imperfect are “sorted” out of the general population when they are 18 to be “
recycled” by the medical industry.

Margo’s a Believer, so when she fails Sorting, she stays silent to protect her family.
Bane, her unbelieving boyfriend, vows to rescue her -- he knows not how.

But when Margo has an unexpected chance to take on the system, the stakes get even higher.
Now she has to escape, or face the worst punishment of all:
Conscious Dismantlement.

 Read the 1st four chapters of Book 1...


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Praise for I Am Margaret:

An intelligent, well-written and enjoyable debut from
a young writer with a bright future.
author of The Soterion Mission

This book invaded my dreams.

Margaret, Bane, Jon and the Major have stayed with me
long since I finished reading about them.

A wonderful and gripping book, and frightening too!
I'm profoundly impressed.

One of the best Christian fiction books I have read.
CAT CAIRD, blogger, ‘Sunshine Lenses’

A very good read—I stayed up too late reading the next chapter,
then the next...!

I AM MARGARET was awarded the ‘Seal of Approval’ by the
Catholic Writers Guild in November 2014.

Age 16+

8.5" x 5.5"

302 pages


The Three Most Wanted by Corinna Turner. Book 2 in the I AM Margaret series  Liberation by Corinna Turner. Book 3 in the I AM MARGARET series. 

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  • 5
    Thought-provoking and utterly gripping

    Posted by A. R. Harvey-Craig on 22nd Jul 2015

    Something about this story manages to be both thought-provoking and utterly gripping. I think it's the strength of the main character which really drives the whole thing forward - I liked her straight away and never stopped caring about what she does, how she thinks and where she ends up. Loved it.

  • 5
    A really good read!

    Posted by L. Otton on 22nd Jul 2015

    This is a very good read - I stayed up far too late reading the next chapter, then the next, and so on! The story gripped my attention from the start and carried me along with it. The developments in the plot, the characters, and the pace and flow of the action caught my interest and kept it throughout.

    The book is very well written. The style combines modern idiom and good English in a way that is easy to read without being simplistic. The descriptions of the setting, the characters and the situations they face really bring the story to life, and the emotional descriptions are particularly effective.

  • 5
    A wonderful story

    Posted by Marijke on 21st Jul 2015

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters are very realistic and stayed with me long after I had finished reading about them. The book is about Margaret, also known as Margo, who lives in England a couple of centuries from now. Humanity has developed to such a state that the strong survive at the expense of the weak. At 18 one has to pass a test. If you’re successful, you can start your life as an adult, start your own family etc. If you fail, you’re taken to a facility where, eventually, your body gets recycled so that you will be of some value to society that way. Any form of religion that teaches about the value of every life and the strong protecting the weak, is strongly forbidden in the society Margo was born into. However, faith has survived in secret and Margo has grown up Catholic in this Underground Church. She views her strange world with the eyes of faith and a great desire to do what is right. She is in love with Bane who, even though he doesn’t share her beliefs, loves her dearly. He is also a critic of the system they live in but he believes that the regime should be overthrown through use of violence. A dramatic event takes place in the lives of these young people when he passes his sorting but she doesn’t. Margo, along with the others who have failed their test, is taken to a facility where she will be kept alive for some time until her body is in the perfect condition to be turned into spare parts. While she is there she makes use of her talent as a writer to entertain the others and to give them hope. In the mean time Bane is working on a plan to rescue his girl. Margo wants to be rescued and wants to live, but how high may the price of her freedom be? Is violence the only way to survive after all or is there perhaps a way to remain alive, rescue everyone, and humble the system without anyone ending up dead?

  • 5
    It is beautifully written and I could clearly "see" what was happening

    Posted by Andrew Caird on 21st Jul 2015

    I could not stop reading this. It is beautifully written and I could clearly "see" what was being described which was a disadvantage in the gruesome bits! Thankfully these are not too many. The characters are believable and I really cared about them. I can't wait to read the next one! Highly reccomended.

  • 5
    Inspired page turner for adolescents

    Posted by mcnabbsack-man on 21st Jul 2015

    This is a book full of arresting new ideas and believable characters. The futuristic setting (though not explained in detail) is sinister enough to be spine chilling, but not so far fetched as to be beyond the realms of possibility (given the encroachment we are experiencing from our own government now in terms of freedom to choose what we believe). The idea of a 'Sorting' at 18 - an exam which, should you fail, has fatal consequences is an ingenious expression of eugenics come of age (and really put GCSEs in perspective for my own teenagers!). This also holds true for the idea of compulsory contraceptive implants too (not so far fetched...).

    The concept of Conscious Dismantlement as a punishment for believers is just inspired....I wondered where we could go after the hanging, drawing and quartering of the reformation in terms of cruelty but this really is horrific. Having said that, I didn't think the descriptions were 'unnecessarily gory' as one reviewer commented. They could have been a LOT worse!!

    The central character, Margaret, immediately draws the reader into her world to the extent that you do care what happens to her. As well as a gripping plot, wanting to now what will happen to Margaret is primarily what keeps you turning the pages.

    This is very much a book for adolescents and young adults (the grammar is not exactly 'traditional'; it's more like the 'new grammar' my son was taught at A level English, which might bug anyone over 30 but stick with it!). I was a little nervous of my 14 year old reading it before me, but he appropriated it and had finished it within a few days. He loved it. Can't think of a better advert than that! I think perhaps 15/16 up would be the target age group.

  • 5
    What would you choose?

    Posted by Kim Sisk "kemara" on 21st Jul 2015

    Ordered the Kindle version this afternoon and sped through it. Phenomenal! So worth the read with an exciting plot. It was extremely dark in spots, be warned. But it does make you think about what you would do in Margaret's place. How strong is your faith? Pray that you are not put to the test. Looking forward to book 2.

  • 5
    Pacy, heartfelt and unflinching - I am Margaret

    Posted by R Fraser on 21st Jul 2015

    If, like me, you relish a good escape story you'll love this book. The questions, 'Will they make it?' and, 'How will they make it?' kept me turning the pages to the very end. Margaret, Bane, Jon and the Major have stayed with me long since I finished reading about them.
    I should add that if you're someone who gets twitchy when people talk about their faith then this book isn't for you. Set in a future dystopia where religious persecution goes along with a murderous social selection programme, it doesn't flinch in portraying what it might mean to be a Christian in a crazy and oppressive world.
    There's plenty to think about and lots to enjoy, especially a great firework sabotage scene and some well-placed defiance of rotten authority figures. But this is more than an escape story: it's a story about facing your fears, telling the truth, about 'when is it okay to be selfish?' and finally, about making the ultimate sacrifice.

  • 5
    Could not put this down...

    Posted by J.A. on 21st Jul 2015

    An exceptional piece of work. I got into such trouble reading it when I should have been doing other things - totally un-put-downable. Excellent descriptive writing supports a fine story line with believable characters. The dystopia is so possible - let us hope the book is not prophetic! - that the book also should be used to inform political debate.

  • 5
    A Good Read

    Posted by Jane Andrews on 21st Jul 2015

    Gripping story... I'm hooked and I don't normally like dystopia....