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!Download E-pub ⚢ Nation à The sea has taken everythingMau 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 waveTogether 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 Heroism Begins with Her something is returned Buried Mountain Secrets 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 waveTogether the two confront the aftermath of catastrophe Drawn by the smoke of Mau and Daphne s sheltering fire Buried Mountain Secrets other refugees slowly arrive children without parents Buried Mountain Secrets mothers without babies The Deranged Cousins, or, Whatever 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 Intuición they defy ancestral spirits Street Fight challenge death himself Windburn (The Elemental Series, 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 Light, Traveling and of the courage required to forge new beliefs I suppose that after twenty five years of writing DiscWorld novels, Terry Pratchett has earned the right to do something a bit different And different is precisely what he does with his latest novel, Nation Nation is a story set in a parallel universe to ours, but it s not the world of DiscWorld Though it could someday be, I suppose, though I hope Pratchett resists the temptation to tie together all his universes Mau is a young boy, sent on a quest to become a man by his tribe Daphne I suppose that after twenty five years of writing DiscWorld novels, Terry Pratchett has earned the right to do something a bit different And different is precisely what he does with his latest novel, Nation Nation is a story set in a parallel universe to ours, but it s not the world of DiscWorld Though it could someday be, I suppose, though I hope Pratchett resists the temptation to tie together all his universes Mau is a young boy, sent on a quest to become a man by his tribe Daphne is a young girl on a large ship from a civilized nation, headed out to join her father at a foreign post This unlikely duo cross paths when a huge wave wipes out Mau s entire village and shipwrecks Daphne on an island with him Together, the two must learn to forge a new civilization, figuring out what is essential to keep from their old lives and what can and probably should be discarded from their old ways of life.Eventually, the two begin to forge their own civilization and soon have various refuges showing up, looking for shelter who become part of the new nation being formed on the island.As I said before, if you re looking for your typical Pratchett, you d be best advised to pick up a DiscWorld novel That s not to dismmiss Nation, but instead to say that this story has the same style but is distinctly different Pratchett still has a way with words, but it s used less to humorous effect here andtoward building the world and finding new and interesting ways to describe things And this is a novel that is firmly about the characters of Mau, Daphne Pratchett spends a good deal of time early in the story estabishing who they and the backgrounds they come form, all before beginning to tear it down and rebuild things It s an interesting process to watch unfold on the page and it leads to some interesting observations by Pratchett through the eyes of his two characters.In his epilogue, Pratchett says he hopes this novel will make readers think And while there were moments in the story where I wondered what he was up to, I will have to admit the ideas, concepts and torn down assumptions from this novel have stayed with me long after the last page was turned.It s not DiscWorld It s some very different And it s something very good 2016 Re read for Sci Fi Fantasy book club.Seriously, does anyone else want to kick the Nobel Prize committee for not giving Pratchett the award I wish this novel had been around when I was a kid.older reviewPhilip Pullman is known, perhaps infamously, for His Dark Materials trilogy, which has been attacked because of Pullman s atheist beliefs as well as the endorsement of atheism that book represents Pullman isn t the only writer to have been attacked due to his view on religion, and I doubt t 2016 Re read for Sci Fi Fantasy book club.Seriously, does anyone else want to kick the Nobel Prize committee for not giving Pratchett the award I wish this novel had been around when I was a kid.older reviewPhilip Pullman is known, perhaps infamously, for His Dark Materials trilogy, which has been attacked because of Pullman s atheist beliefs as well as the endorsement of atheism that book represents Pullman isn t the only writer to have been attacked due to his view on religion, and I doubt that he will be the last one Of course, he will undoubtedly be attacked this year because of his new book about Jesus and his buddy Christ.I find it strange that there was barely a peep about the books until the movie came out.The problem, as I see it, with such fame as Pullman receives is that people get hot and bothered either condemning the work or, justly, defending the work So hot and bothered that books like Nation get overlooked In many ways, this is good, for no one is trying to ban the book In other ways, it is bad, for the book doesn t get the fame it deserves.Terry Pratchett is a humanist writer of fantasy fiction He wouldn t call his work literature, but many of his later novels either is literature or rests on literature s mutable border I ve been a huge fan of Pratchett since Wyrd Sisters made me laugh during a very tough time in my life Thanks Mom, for giving the book to me Nation is the best thing that Pratchett has ever written Nation is Literature.I m not sure if Nation was inspired by the Tsunami in Asia and or Pratchett receiving his medical news In truth, I don t really care I do know, for Pratchett himself has said it, that Nation demanded to be told, and he stopped other projects to write it.Supposedly a children s book, Nation tells the story of Mau who loses his whole Nation, his whole tribe, when a tsunami hits his island home Eventually, Mau discovers Daphne, a ghost girl who was washed up by the same wave What then follows is part Robinson Crusoe, told from Friday s point of view part Swiss Family Robinson part Island of the Blue Dolphins, and part religious and philosophical debate.Pratchett s novels work because each of his characters is like the reader or like someone the reader knows His characters are human and contain one oraspects of everyone Even Pratchett s most heroic or inhuman characters such as Carrot, Rincewind, or Death, have human traits that effect how they act remember, Death really likes cats Here, in this book, Pratchett presents multiple answers to the questions, Why do bad things happen to good people if there is a just god and How do you feel afterwards Both Mau and Daphne have tragically lost family Both of their reactions are human, yet different from each other Both question the idea of god or in the case of Mau, gods and faith Both arrive at different answers More importantly, Pratchett doesn t preach, he doesn t persuade He just wants the reader to think, the conclusion is left up to the reader This makes the book totally honest, for there is no clear cut answer to the first question.Besides engaging the idea of the god debate, Pratchett touches on another part of creation where do stories come from Are storiesthan just religion Is religionthan story This comes as no surprise to the reader who has read the last two Science of Discworld books.Despite the tragic and bittersweet events of the story, Pratchett s trademark humor, including footnotes, is present in full force Like his characters, Pratchett s humor works because it contains an element of human truth As the following exchange shows Don t look back Why not Because I just did Run faster The tale of Mau and Daphne is an adventure tale of two teens surviving the aftermath of a natural disaster They most rebuild They must outwit cold blooded killers and hungry cannibal as well as the odd Grandfather Bird and tree climbing octopus It is a thrillingly story that closely, honestly, and fairly examines faith, science and all in between.Older ReviewWhen Nation came out, I was a bit disappointed that it wasn t a Discworld novel.Then I read it.It s the best thing that Pratchett has ever written.The one thing about Terry Pratchett, as Lawrence Watt Evans pointed out, is that the only real difference between his adult books and his children books are the age of his protagonists There is no reason why an adult shouldn t treat this as a book.It s a book everyone should read.I suppose if Pratchett had the reputation or high profile of Philip Pullman or J K Rowling, then there would be a huge cry of how this book should be snatched from the hands of impressable children before they learn how to think for themselves Maybe there is already such an outcry, but I haven t heard anything Nation reminds me a bit of Island of the Blue Dolphins, with muchthrown in Pratchett addresses the big questions of whether or not there is a god, and if there is a god, why do bad things happen Bad things happen in this book, right from the start Pratchett deserves credit for not sugarcoating what happens, but for also dealing with the deathes in a way that does not alienate or upset readers okay, upset them too much.What Pratchett presents for the reader is a book about what extactly faith and life are When one reads Pullman, it is quite easy to figure out where Pullman stands in regards to religion It is not easy to figure out where Pratchett stands One character has lost his faith, but may or may not be talking to the gods Other characters have faith Neither character is seen as stupid or evil because of a belief or lack of belief In many ways, Nation is amature novel about faith than Pratchett s earlier tolerance novel Small Gods.This a powerful book, and I hope it continues to fly under the radar of those people who think children shouldn t read books that make you think.Everyone should read this book Dear Terry Pratchett, It is entirely unfair that every book of yours I read increases my estimation for you At some point, you will no longer be able to live up to my expectations, and on that day I am probably going to cry.Sincerely, Cait, who is EDIT thinking about getting got a hermit crab tattoo.I kind of don t want to talk about the plot, because Native boy and English girl survive tsunami, build empire of survivors and create a nation of science does not convey how awesome it all is Dear Terry Pratchett, It is entirely unfair that every book of yours I read increases my estimation for you At some point, you will no longer be able to live up to my expectations, and on that day I am probably going to cry.Sincerely, Cait, who is EDIT thinking about getting got a hermit crab tattoo.I kind of don t want to talk about the plot, because Native boy and English girl survive tsunami, build empire of survivors and create a nation of science does not convey how awesome it all is Guys, this book is fantastic It s about coming of age, religion, science, culture, exploration, tsunamis, the South Pacific, mysterious powers behind the throne, and also and if you needed an also, I am going to point out that you and I might not be able to be friends any there are tree climbing octopodes Listened to the audiobook May 19, and this book is still fantastic The footnotes are awkward in audio, but otherwise, no complaints Seriously, whatcan you ask Deciding what one reads for the quite particular milestone of the 1000th book read is quite something Whilst stats are never important in any area of life reading, playing Cricket, sex they are incredibly fun And, let s face it, 1000 is a ruddy good number The importance of reading a good book on the 1000th turn was pivotal because the past few books have been, in a word, dire.Charles Dickens was a good bet Charles Dickens is always a good bet Even when he dies and leaves a book unfinishe Deciding what one reads for the quite particular milestone of the 1000th book read is quite something Whilst stats are never important in any area of life reading, playing Cricket, sex they are incredibly fun And, let s face it, 1000 is a ruddy good number The importance of reading a good book on the 1000th turn was pivotal because the past few books have been, in a word, dire.Charles Dickens was a good bet Charles Dickens is always a good bet Even when he dies and leaves a book unfinished, he s still a good bet But Charles Dickens only really has a few ways of writing, a few things to write about It was a slow world in 1854 Terry Pratchett on the other hand, the ever funny, ever real, ever unashamed of voicing his views, is also a good bet sort of Discworld is brilliant, but this is not Discworld This is Other And past experience with PTerry s other was mixed at best Nation is an alternative history edition of a marooned Westerner and a native indigenous Great Southern Pelagic Ocean South Pacific Ocean island dweller On the surface it is a relative easy to read older children s book, much in the same vain as his Tiffany Aching Discworld novels But, as with all of PTerry s works, scratch the surface just a little and you enter a world that is full of adult themes that we, for some reason, have initialised as being Too Grown Up For Kids And Therefore Should Never Be Mentioned In Front Of Them.Death is a big part of PTerry s works We don t have the capitalised DEATH of Discworld, but we still have the humour of death surrounding Mau There s nothing twee here, which connects with the period this novel is set in 1860s and people died a lot Mostly of diseases Death was never a mythical beast who visited and left a shadow but instead it was dealt with Mau deals with it, as does Daphne, the Western cast away It is still dealt with calmly and there are no Lord of the Flies moments, but the important thing is that it is dealt with It is fast paced with the occasional lull, with no time for thoughts because of the situation, except the really big thoughts that are impossible to ignore no matter how many dead relatives one must bury.Colonisation and Western approaches to dealing with Indigenous Peoples is also dealt with marvellously It s ridiculous to expect every Westerner to apologise for what their ancestors did, but PTerry gives it a good go by offering up an alternative view of what should have happened It s also a good way of seeing how other cultures expect children to grow in to adults, cutting out the society pressure of such a thing and instead giving Mau and Daphne, to some extent the means of physically and mentally growing in to adults by forcing them to become adults.It is one of those kid s books that does not talk down to them, but instead talks them up It is full of character who embody something different, yet are able to somehow work together for the same end It has goodies and baddies, but also in betweenies, which is rare in a kid s book It is likeable and clever, but above all easy to read and understand It is very funny and very, very Terry Pratchett.Blog Instagram Twitter Pinterest Shop Etsy