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One of the most popular Australian YA scifi novels of the 1990s, written by Gillian Rubinstein.

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One of the most popular ''Galax-Arena'' is a 1995 Australian YA scifi novels of the 1990s, novel written by Gillian Rubinstein.



''Galax-Arena'' has one of the most notorious [[PlotTwist plot twists]] of an Australian YA novel for its time, and can still surprise readers now. If you want a quick enjoyable scifi YA read then tracking down a copy is strongly recommended, but the twist is entirely spoiled on the YMMV page.

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''Galax-Arena'' has one of the most notorious [[PlotTwist plot twists]] of an Australian YA novel for its time, and can still surprise readers now. If you want a quick enjoyable scifi YA read then tracking down a copy is strongly recommended, but the twist is entirely spoiled on the YMMV page.
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* TheAce: Peter, who's pretty much the golden child between him, Joella and Liane, is great at gymnastics, and quickly becomes one of the shining stars of the Galax-Arena. [[spoiler: Takes a darker turn when he fits in so well he begins to join Hythe in collecting kids for the Galax-Arena. He ends up broken after the final confrontation, and is pretty much a shadow of his former self at the end.]]


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* DecoyProtagonist: A variation; Peter practically has "golden child who's going to become the hero" written all over him... but he's neither the protagonist or, really, the hero. The actual hero is Joella, who is far less confident, skilled or charismatic.

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* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Joella feels rather inferior to her 'golden child' big brother Peter and her little sister Liane with her 'newsreel face'. Being exceedingly average becomes a matter of life and death once she's in the Galax-Arena.


* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Joella, her siblings and a few Peb do escape but Peter's pretty much broken and they'll be on the run forever.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Joella, her siblings and a few Peb do escape but Peter's pretty much broken and broken, they'll be on the run forever.forever and they know that children will go on being abducted and used.]]


* DividedWeFall: Hythe plays the Peb off against one another, and deliberately pairs up Peb who don't get along to perform in the Arena. If the performers dislike and mistrust one another, there's more chance of an accident happening... and that's what the Vexa come to see.

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* DividedWeFall: Hythe plays the Peb off against one another, and deliberately pairs up Peb who don't get along to perform in the Arena. If the performers dislike and mistrust one another, there's more chance of an accident happening... and that's what the Vexa come to see. see.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Joella, her siblings and a few Peb do escape but Peter's pretty much broken and they'll be on the run forever.]]

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* IceQueen: Presh.

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* TheseHandsHaveKilled.

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* ThePromisedLand: Leeward dreams of an island with a beautiful coastline and a tree he calls his 'ocean tree'.

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* JerkJock: Alleyman, the star of the Galax-Arena and a sneering competitive bully to boot.

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* TheEmpath: Joella. She notes that it's the only remarkable thing about her.

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* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Rather than face death when they're too old to perform anymore, Peter and Allyman join Hythe in controlling and recruiting Peb]].



One of the most popular Australian YA scifi novels of the 90s, written by Gillian Rubinstein.

The story is told in first person by a teenage girl called Joella, who has an AloofBigBrother called Peter and an adopted little sister called Liane who has a [[SecurityBlanket hand puppet called Bro Rabbit]] that she never goes anywhere without. The three children have spent the last period of their lives being shuffled to and fro between their [[ParentalAbandonment divorced and benignly neglectful parents]], and due to a lapse in communications between adult parties they are left waiting at a train station. A charismatic, persuasive, handsome and extremely likable man called Hythe turns up and persuades the children that he's been sent by a relative to pick them up and [[BadSamaritan unfortunately they go with him]].

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\nOne of the most popular Australian YA scifi novels of the 90s, 1990s, written by Gillian Rubinstein.

The story is told in first person by a teenage girl called Joella, who has an AloofBigBrother called Peter and an adopted little sister called Liane Liane, who has a [[SecurityBlanket hand puppet called Bro Rabbit]] that she never goes anywhere without.takes everywhere. The three children have spent the last period of their lives being shuffled to and fro between their [[ParentalAbandonment divorced and benignly neglectful parents]], and due to a lapse in communications between adult parties they are left waiting at a train station. A charismatic, persuasive, handsome and extremely likable man called Hythe turns up and persuades the children that he's been sent by a relative to pick them up and [[BadSamaritan unfortunately they go with him]].









* YouNoTakeCandle: Patwa, the Peb's self-taught form of pidgin English and the only language common between them all. The book contains a helpful glossary.




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* YouNoTakeCandle: Patwa, the Peb's self-taught form of pidgin English and the only language common between them all. The book contains a helpful glossary.
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''Galax-Arena'' has one of the most notorious [[PlotTwist plot twists]] of an Australian YA novel for its time, and can still surprise readers now.

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''Galax-Arena'' has one of the most notorious [[PlotTwist plot twists]] of an Australian YA novel for its time, and can still surprise readers now. If you want a quick enjoyable scifi YA read then tracking down a copy is strongly recommended, but the twist is entirely spoiled on the YMMV page.



!! ''Galax-Arena'' contains examples of the following tropes:

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!! ''Galax-Arena'' contains examples of the following tropes:
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* DisposableVagrant: With very few exceptions the Peb are street children from third world countries, targeted not just for their performance skills but because nobody will miss them.


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* StreetUrchin: Most of the Peb. Eduardo comments that all he remembers about his life on Earth was being frightened and hungry all the time. Here at least he's fed and sheltered.



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* WouldHurtAChild: And very much so.

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