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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Not a Discworld story!

    This story is based in "our" world, not Discworld, but it is still written with similar style and feel, and has the same warped look at politics, religion, and relationships that those books have. A good read, very funny, full of action at parts, and how people REALLY think when they're going through the motions of being a hero. Historical fiction in nature, taking place in an equatorial island setting.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Different in a Good Way

    A little slow at the beginning, it rapidly picks up pace and doesn't let you go. Wonderful storytelling from a wonderful author.

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

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    In his young adult novel Nation, British fantasy author Terry Pr

    In his young adult novel Nation, British fantasy author Terry Pratchett explores coming of age when laws and social structures cease to exist. A Tsunami in the fictional Pelagic Ocean strands a native boy, Mau, and shipwrecks on the same island a girl named Erminitrude from someplace akin to Mid-Victorian England. Surrounded by death and destruction, Mau and Erminitrude overcome their fear and distrust of each other and work together to save themselves and other survivors and misfits who arrive on the island in the wake of the great wave.

    Mau assumes the position of chief, not through force or manipulation, but purely through service. He sacrifices his own well-being for the good of the weakest individuals within the group and courageously defends his new tiny Nation against pirates and cannibals. Erminitrude changes her name to Daphne and begins to appreciate the nobility of those she once dismissed as “uncivilized” and recognizes the savagery of some supposedly civilized people.

    The novel is rich with allusions and a humor that appeals to teens and adults alike. There are some mystical/fantasy elements and an occasional scene with mild profanity or nearly profane slang. The book begins with the native creation myth of Mau’s people, including an introduction to the ancestral gods of life and death. Through the myth, the reader gains exceptional insight into Mau’s thoughts and motives and the gift of examining traditional western values and ideas from a different point of view.

    The first chapter feels slightly confusing until the worlds of Erminitrude and Mau converge on the island. From that point forward, Nation builds momentum by blending high-seas adventure with thoughtful contemplation. Overall, Pratchett offers an enchanting tale of self-discovery and triumph of the human spirit.

    Laurie A. Gray
    Reprinted from the Christian Library Journal (Vol. XIII, No. 1, April 2009); used with permission.

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    This was an excellent book, I listened to it in Audiobook format and have a full review at littlesqueed dot blogspot dot com

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    Great Story

    This book was in the excellent tradition of Terry Pratchett. It started out very captivating and continued keeping my interest. I spent the night reading this through because I did not want to miss anything that was going to happen. Great Story.

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  • Posted August 19, 2009

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    What if you lost everything and the only life you have ever known?

    A young girl and young island boy rebuild "the nation" after a tsunami wipes out everything and everyone they know. Imagine what it must be like to overcome these massive obstacles and grief to reconstruct a way of life.
    It is one teen title that many ages will come to love- multi layers within the story deal with coming of age, religion and acceptance of other cultures. I love Terry Pratchett's other books but this one is my favorite by far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2008

    A great YA read.

    In a parallel universe set in the time when the British were still exploring and claiming new worlds a plague has affected many of its citizens. On its quest to bring the daughter of the new king back to London, the Sweet Judy is shipwrecked by a tidal wave. On his journey into manhood Mau had just found the canoe that will take him to his home island where he will become a man. When he arrives, Mau finds that the tidal wave has taken the lives of his entire island Nation. But when much is taken, something is returned and together Daphne and Mau confront the aftermath of catastrophe. Drawn by the smoke of Mau and Daphne's sheltering fire, other refugees slowly arrive: children without parents, mothers without babies, husbands without wives¿all of them hungry and all of them frightened. Nation was my first Terry Pratchett novel and I enjoyed the journey into this imaginary world and the story told with realism and humor. The characters question faith, struggle to keep their new family safe and overcome the hurdles of a lifestyle turned upside down all while forging a new Nation. I recommend this book to all YA readers.

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