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To save his tribe, the cannibal Stopmouth must abandon it. Leaving the stone-age world of the Surface behind, he travels to the Roof, the mysterious hi-tech world suspended above. But the Roof has its own problems. The nanotechnology that controls it is collapsing. And now a rebellion against the ruling Commission is about to erupt.

Hunted by the Commission's nano-enhanced agents, Stopmouth must succeed in a desperate hunt of his own: to find the woman he loves. Only she knows ...

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To save his tribe, the cannibal Stopmouth must abandon it. Leaving the stone-age world of the Surface behind, he travels to the Roof, the mysterious hi-tech world suspended above. But the Roof has its own problems. The nanotechnology that controls it is collapsing. And now a rebellion against the ruling Commission is about to erupt.

Hunted by the Commission's nano-enhanced agents, Stopmouth must succeed in a desperate hunt of his own: to find the woman he loves. Only she knows how to save his tribe. But in this super-sophisticated world, all he has to fight with are his raw strength and fierce courage.

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VOYA - Valerie Burleigh
In this sequel to The Inferior (Random House, 2008/VOYA August 2008), Guilin returns us to the world of Stopmouth, which is filled with unseen danger and tribal alliances. The second book of The Bone World trilogy follows Stopmouth and his tribe members as they continue to confront starvation, constant surveillance, and survival in its barest form. While readers of book one may have been offended by the themes of cannibalism, rape, and the death of small children in a young adult novel, Guilin does not stray from the world he has created but rather brings the reader deeper into the mystery of whether the world is as it seems. The fact that edible vegetation is purposely kept from inhabitants so that their efforts to survive provide cannibalistic entertainment is challenged in this book as a plague threatens the world above. When Stopmouth is suddenly thrust into that high-tech world, vastly different from all he has known, he must rely on his wits to save his people while at the same time search for the elusive Indrani. Although listed as science fiction, this book does have a dystopian theme that will appeal to young adult readers of that genre. Guilin has definitely pushed the boundaries of what is considered mature or young adult, and this trilogy is not for the squeamish. Not only does he not shy away from graphic wording, he also does not soften the realism of survival of the fittest. Reviewer: Valerie Burleigh
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Gr 8 Up—The Deserter picks up where The Inferior (Random, 2008) left off, with the barbarous meat-eater Stopmouth leaving his Stone Age home and storming the high-tech world above in search of his technologically savvy, vegetarian wife, Indrani. Pooling their resources and information, they soon come to realize that The Roof is doomed, and a handful of power-mad "elite" plans to hibernate aboard the ship that brought them to this inhospitable planet until a virus, which will soon destroy the city above and below as well all food sources, has run its course, leaving them the sole survivors of a dead planet. The narrative drags from time to time, a lack of historical background regarding the relocation to another planet creates confusion, and the author has sacrificed vital character development for dramatic action sequences. This might make a better movie than novel. Strictly for fans of the first book.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
Kirkus Reviews
Months after The Inferior (2008) left off, this sequel finds cannibal Stopmouth journeying from the primitive surface where he lives to the high-tech world of the Roof, abandoning his tribe to save them. When Diggers close in on the Havens Stopmouth protects, he can't wait any longer for Indrani to return with weapons. The tribe's survival depends on Stopmouth's traveling to the Roof's advanced civilization to retrieve weapons and his wife. The reveals about the world of the Roof—both from Stopmouth's perspective and a new Roof-dwelling character's close third-person point of view—answer questions previously raised about the nature of Stopmouth's world while expanding into themes of morality and the nature civilization. The Roof is also endangered—a virus attacking nanotechnology renders society impotent, overcrowded and in crisis. The crisis inflames tensions between Seculars and Religious. The factions' power struggle's lynchpin is the missing Indrani, valued for a secret everyone needs to know—Stopmouth must somehow navigate this strange culture to get to her first. While sometimes disorienting through confusing plot points and lack of anchoring description, the rich characters and themes of moral ambiguity thrive in well-paced prose that encourages readers to overlook flaws. Eventually, the stakes have been raised just about as high as possible, inviting strong-stomached readers to return for the next book to see how the characters go about fixing their worlds. (Science fiction. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385751506
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 448
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

PEADAR O. GUILIN has been writing curious stories for as long as he can remember. One of his school reports claimed that he had "a talent for communication, which he abuse[d]." Since then, he has written plays, published short stories, and performed as a standup comedian. He has taken part in a project to translate the Linux operating system into Irish and is fluent in French and Italian. Peadar lives in Dublin where he works for a giant computer company. His first book The Inferior was also published by David Fickling Books. You can learn more about Peadar and his work at Frozenstories.com.

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    Wow

    Honestly I can't wait for more. One of my favorite series!

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