The Pale

The Outside can be a dangerous place. 

But so can the inside.

It’s been years since the original cataclysm, but life has been structured, peaceful, and most of all uneventful in the Pale. The humachine citizens welcome the order provided by their ruler, the baleful Regent.

However, when one of their own rescues a human boy, Hector, from ravenous ferals on the Outside, their careful systems are turned upside down.

As Hector grows more and more human-strange, the citizens of the Pale grow uneasy.

What will happen when the Outside tries to get in?

Clare Rhoden is a speech pathologist who has also worked as a university learning skills adviser, a student services manager, an online learning and teaching consultant, and a lecturer in English literature. Her PhD, ‘The Purpose of Futility’, investigated Australian literature of the Great War.

When she’s not writing, Clare volunteers with Story Dogs (, an Australian reading support program for primary school children that harnesses the amazingly positive power of dogs and books.

Book Details

ISBN: 978-1-925652-02-4 (pbk) | 978-1-925652-03-1 (ebook)

Category: Science Fiction / Dystopian

Trade paperback: 256 pages

Publication Date: 15 September 2017

RRP: AU $23.95 (pbk) | $5.99 (ebook)

Author website:


Where to Buy

Odyssey Books store


Press Kit | Sample Preview | Goodreads