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Charlinder's Walk
     

Charlinder's Walk

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by Alyson Miers
 

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In 2012, the Plague brought about the end of the world. In 2130, Charlinder wants to know why when his village begins to fight over the Plague’s origin. Was it a natural event, or did God punish humanity for its sins?

Unwilling to wait for matters to get any worse, and never having been more than ten miles from home, he decides to walk across three

Overview

In 2012, the Plague brought about the end of the world. In 2130, Charlinder wants to know why when his village begins to fight over the Plague’s origin. Was it a natural event, or did God punish humanity for its sins?

Unwilling to wait for matters to get any worse, and never having been more than ten miles from home, he decides to walk across three continents to find the site of the Plague’s origin and bring the true story home.

In the two and a half years it takes him to get there, he learns how shocking his village’s culture seems to outsiders while the settlements along the way force him to grapple with questions of family, religion, education, sexuality, hierarchy and interdependence. He survives thousands of miles of language barriers, hunger and disaster before he meets Gentiola.

Nothing could have prepared him for the tale of madness, ecology and fanaticism that he learns from her. His place in the world is a question he will ask for the first time.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013316492
Publisher:
Alyson Miers
Publication date:
10/19/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Alyson Miers wrote Charlinder's Walk during her Peace Corps assignment in Albania. She aims to write novels that make people think. She lives in Maryland with her hobbies.

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Charlinder's Walk 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Evangeline_Han More than 1 year ago
Charlinder's Walk sounds like the typical dystopian novel, but it is more than typical. It makes "heavy" reading, especially with thought-provoking themes. For example, the fact that mothers aren't sure who the fathers of their children are and the absence of the biological father's role in the upbringing of a child. The issues tackled in Charlinder's Walk are ones that usually bring about a division of opinions. Charlinder's Walk isn't your typical coming-of-age novel either. He is a schoolteacher who decided to go on a quest for the truth behind the plague which destroyed the world. There is mystery, romance, intrigue all thrown in the story. I liked the mystery and intrigue, but I found the romance... distasteful. I'm one who enjoys romance novels, but the romance in this one left me squirming. The revelation of the truth was harsh. It seems almost unbelievable at first. But then, the issues about society in the novel aren't pleasant as well. Charlinder's Walk is definitely a novel that goes all out at its approach of issues that aren't in the comfort zone. After learning the truth, I couldn't help but wonder if ignorance would be better, or bliss as they say. We aren't given an in-depth look in the characters, with the exception of Charlinder and Gentiola. I had expected Gentiola to be a character I could like but I was wrong. She rubbed me the wrong way. My reaction to Charlinder's journey home and away from Gentiola was "finally!". I don't usually dislike characters, unless they are the bad guys, and I couldn't help disliking Gentiola. I don't know how to describe it. She just wasn't... likeable for me. Human characters aside, the non-human one was more than likeable. I'd call Queen Anne's Lace, Charlinder's travel companion, "adorable" for lack of a better word. What I like about Charlinder's Walk is that it doesn't force you into thinking a certain way, it doesn't propagate. It does, however, bring up issues and cause you to view them at different angles. Along the way, you'll decide (or judge) your position on those issues. Charlinder's Walk causes one to think, rather than make one view strongly prominent than the other. Charlinder's Walk isn't your typical coming-of-age novel either. He is a schoolteacher who decided to go on a quest for the truth behind the plague which destroyed the world. There is mystery, romance, intrigue all thrown in the story. I liked the mystery and intrigue, but I found the romance... distasteful. I'm one who enjoys romance novels, but the romance in this one left me squirming. The revelation of the truth was harsh. It seems almost unbelievable at first. But then, the issues about society in the novel aren't pleasant as well. Charlinder's Walk is definitely a novel that goes all out at its approach of issues that aren't in the comfort zone. After learning the truth, I couldn't help but wonder if ignorance would be better, or bliss as they say. We aren't given an in-depth look in the characters, with the exception of Charlinder and Gentiola. I had expected Gentiola to be a character I could like but I was wrong. She rubbed me the wrong way. My reaction to Charlinder's journey home and away from Gentiola was "finally!". I don't usually dislike characters, unless they are the bad guys, and I couldn't help disliking Gentiola. I don't know how to describe it. She just wasn't... likeable for me. Human characters aside, the non-human one was more than likeable. I'd call Queen Anne's Lace, Charlinder's travel companion, "adorable" for lack of a better word. What I like about Charlinder's Walk is that it doesn't force you into thinking a certain way, it doesn't propagate. It does, however, bring up issues and cause you to view them at different angles. Along the way, you'll decide (or judge) your position on those issues. Charlinder's Walk causes one to think, rather than make one view strongly prominent than the other.
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
Source: Novel Publicity for review, as part of the Charlinder's Walk book tour For me, this book is full of contradictions because it encompasses the most complex and diverse of political issues — the universal ones that apply to both our world, and to the world of Charlinder that Miers carefully illustrates — and yet is so grossly simple at the same time. The story itself overflows with ideas, a few of which I'll touch upon (but all of which, I won't have nearly enough space for!) but I still get a sense that there are areas that are highly unrealistic, perhaps too idealistic and too 'best-case scenario', to really constitute for a heavy and considerable dystopian novel. A self-proclaimed coming-of-age book, Charlinder's Walk is first and foremost an adventure. It embarks on Charlinder's aspiring journey of discovery, but not before introducing the time — post-apocalypse (referred to as post-Plague); place — Paleola, a small village east of the Appalachians; destination — Italy, westward; and goal — to find the origins and secrets of the disease that created Charlinder's world as he knows it. As readers, we know that Paleola has a community that is very different from our modern, industrialized environment. We discover later that other villages featured have commodities and values that are far, far stranger. I'll admit the 'adventure' here isn't too exciting. Yes, Charlinder meets countless new faces and is exposed to countless little complications and countless unfamiliar cultures throughout his voyage, but they mostly pass as a blur. Things always work out a little too well for him: he always finds shelter right when he runs out of food/energy/motivation, he never really encounters serious barriers (lingual, topographical, physiological, and so on), and he goes on his trip and returns, finding just what he wanted, and without any twists or surprises, so there's nothing particularly memorable. How dull. The history of the Plague is pretty surprising, I'll give credit where it's due, and Gentiola, the only enigma of a character, enchants me, but the so-called 'secret' seems to be minor in the book, compared to the 400-some remaining pages which describe everything else that occurs. What I do find fascinating, however, is how Miers finds a way to shove a huge, all-bound sociology debate into her novel. Some topics broached include science and medicine, literacy, gender roles, domestic values, sexuality, religion, diplomacy, human ethics, and even a touch of magic, which laces in the fantastical elements to the plot. They're all subjects that make me think hard, and are what made this book most engaging. Miers's style is pretty ordinary, but I appreciate how it is straightforward and chronological (no tricky play on perspective or memory, here!). My biggest complaint is that it is agonizingly wordy. Descriptive writing, I'm all for, but when the descriptions do near nothing to further the plot, it gets tedious. For a 484-page novel, this one is not so elaborate and masterful as I would expect; I feel it could have been written in half its page count without much being retracted. Charlinder's Walk is a quickly paced, fairly easy read that makes me want to jump into arguments about all the global and political affairs it bestows. Kudos to Miers for being able to fit all that into one storyline and still make it relevant, and even more impressively, enjoyable. This isn't just a cheesy read; it actually has substance. However, in structure and in overall theme, it's quite shallow and nothing I will praise strongly. Some places are awfully awkward (for instance, one thing that irks me is how the characters all 'do sex' with each other when I've been taught to 'have' it) but that's nothing too big of a crime. Pick it up during the summer if you've plenty of free time and an open mind. Radical Rating: 7 hearts- A few flaws here and there, but overall enjoyable.
IngaKS More than 1 year ago
My review: Charlinder’s Walk by Alyson Miers was a book which surprised me positively. It was well-written with lots of thorough and detailed descriptions, interesting settings and it engaged me from the very beginning. Regarding the plot: Charlinder’s Walk is a novel about young man Charlinder who sets himself to explore the world which the Plague has destroyed. He is finding himself in the world where the survivals of the Plague are in a complicated situation and Charlinder has a hope that he can find something outside the frames of the world he knows. Charlinder wants to find the truth about what happened and what were the reasons behind the Plague. After he starts his “pilgrim” the pace of the book picks up and the reader finds out how the world looks like through the eyes of Chalinder. These parts were the most interesting for me, because the descriptions of the surroundings were captivating and engaging. During his walk Charlinder meets a girl named Gentiola who opens Charlinder’s eyes on many different levels. Charlinder finds out, that nothing is as it seemed and that you have to be careful what you wish for – it can be unexpected, unwanted and lead you to something different what you searched for. Regarding the characters: Charlinder’s Walk was in my opinion character driven book. I have to admit, that the supportive characters did not leave a deep impression on me, but then again Charlinder’s character was wonderful. I liked how he was brave to explore the unknown; he was curious and was searching for the truth. He was not prepared for what was waiting him, but he adapted quite quickly for new situations and last, but not least for the truth. I think that the strong side of the book was Charlinder himself. His thoughts and how he experienced the world, what he saw and how he acted actually created the whole book. Author did an excellent work with Charlinder’s character. Generally: Charlinders’ Walk by Alyson Miers is a book which you need to take time for in order to enjoy it fully. I think it was not very easy to read due to long and captivating scenery, but it was all worth it. The world which the author has created is unique, and there are surprising twists and turns which come along with the story!
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
This book explores many issues through an interesting plot. A plague decimated the human population in 2012, and now, in 2130, the survivors still do not know why. Charlinder is the hero of this novel. He leaves the safety of his home to learn why the world ended. On his journey he explores issues such as religion and family and learns more about the world that surrounds him than he expected. The character is easy to connect to, though sometimes he is hard to fully understand. This is not a book that one finishes in one sitting, but the book will remain fresh in the readers' mind after completion. Charlinder’s Walk is a book that makes the reader consider important issues and reflect. Miers’ detail and use of description are excellent. Her writing is attentive and draws readers into the world she created. Readers aged eighteen and up would enjoy reading Miers’ novel. This book earns five out of five stars.