The Collections

Book Author Patricia Donovan
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It’s 2041. The population bomb has exploded. The climate is in crisis. Only extreme measures will save our species. And in an attempt to restore balance, the government has legalised Collections.

Unimaginable. Understandable. Unavoidable?

Claris works in a government Collections Depot but after her beloved husband is taken there to die – a sacrifice he makes willingly to help reduce population pressure – she finds her job increasingly abhorrent. Plagued by unease and indecision, she tries to reconcile her morals with reality.

‘Killer. That’s the accusation they flung at me and days later I still felt debased by it, and besmirched. This is where my story begins. Where the seeds of uncertainty I’d so long shut my eyes to, began to take root.’ So begins Claris Millar’s account of her struggles to first abide by the law . . . and then to break it.

About the Author

Patricia Donovan grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand, and graduated from the University of Canterbury with an MA (Hons) in English Literature. After graduation she worked in corporate communications in Australia and New Zealand and is the author of a best practice guide to the profession. She is currently working on her fourth novel.


Mary Egan Publishing


C format



Dystopian Fiction

Publication Date
August 2022

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A gritty and hypnotic read.

Norman Bilbrough

A thought-provoking novel and a haunting read … The Collections is an accomplished novel by an extremely talented writer.

NZ Booklovers

The Collections offers a vivid glimpse into an unnerving but not implausible dystopic future with intimations of Smith’s Dream and Fahrenheit 451.

Harry Ricketts

An entertaining novel … and intriguing.

Radio NZ

The Collections is a gripping page-turner.

Kapiti News

A welcome addition to our growing library of dystopian fiction – one which runs from C K Stead’s Smith’s Dream … Donovan is a prolific new talent

NZ Herald