Mau is the only one left after a giant wave sweeps his island village away. But when much is taken, something is returned, and somewhere in the jungle Daphne—a girl from the other side of the globe—is the sole survivor of a ship destroyed by the same wave.
Together the two 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. As Mau and Daphne struggle to keep the small band safe and fed, they defy ancestral spirits, challenge death himself, and uncover a long-hidden secret that literally turns the world upside down. . . .
Internationally revered storyteller Terry Pratchett presents a breathtaking adventure of survival and discovery, and of the courage required to forge new beliefs.
This was my first time reading Terry Pratchett, he's been one of those authors that I've always wanted to read but never got around to it. So I couldn't resist signing up for Marg's Terry's Pratchett 2010 Challenge, this way I could get to read (finally) his books.
I truly enjoyed it. I was surprised to find out it is considered a Young Adult book. I found it complex, it dealt with so many things: belief in God, the state of Monarchy, re-establishing homes after disaster. It was a fun read, the characters were wonderful, the setting was truly breathtaking and it is full of adventures and wonder.
I definitely be looking for my own copy. I think my daughter will enjoy it soon.
Nation by Terry Pratchett (4/5) Young Adult; Published: HarperCollins (9/08); New Author; Young Adult Reading Challenge (2); Terry Pratchett Challenge (1); Books 2010 (36);