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Gr 7 Up–Gee begins the action immediately with Hari, the hero of Salt (Orca, 2009), being attacked by a creature from beyond this world. While he and the children with him escape, a part of the thing remains attached to his throat, slowly killing him despite everyone's efforts to remove it. Xantee and Lo, Hari's children, learn that this thing is a “gool” and that only if its mother is killed will the rest of it die. The only clue to annihilating it is an ancient story that told of a red star and a white star that must be destroyed first. Xantee, Lo, and Duro travel to the city that once was Belong in order to search for a book that might give the story in full and thus tell them what they must do. To get there, they rely on the help of “the people with no name” who dwell, unseen, in the jungles and on the Dog King, Hari's father. While Gool is nominally the second book in the trilogy and includes many characters from that story, it stands on its own nicely. Gee has done a terrific job of describing his world, giving life to his heroines and heroes while making their foes truly frightening. This is fine speculative fiction, accessible to readers of horror, fantasy, or science fiction and worth a look by anyone who enjoys adventure that doesn't trod the usual paths.–Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"The unexpected twists of this original fantasy adventure keep the pages turning. The fascinating buildup leads to a thrilling climax…perhaps preparing readers for the next volume." (Kirkus Reviews 2010-09-15)

"Gee's quick, forceful prose retains all its drive in this installment, which reads almost as an extended poem of action and dialogue; the silent speech natural to the characters makes for a fast, back-and-forth bounce that further heightens momentum. Gee's imagery is pungent and vivid…[and] Gee's imagined land and the sturdy independence of his characters are fresh and engaging." (The Horn Book Magazine 2010-11-01)

"While Gool is nominally the second book in the trilogy…it stands on its own nicely. Gee has done a terrific job of describing his world, giving life to his heroines and heroes while making their foes truly frightening. This is fine speculative fiction, accessible to readers of horror, fantasy, or science fiction and worth a look by anyone who enjoys adventure that doesn't trod the usual paths." (School Library Journal 2010-12-01)

"With vivid yet spare prose, Gee has created a worthy installment to this planned trilogy…Very well executed." (VOYA 2010-10-01)

"Gee plays with the ideas of myth and truth…These are sophisticated and violent novels. The fact that they are thought-provoking and reflect some of the grittier truths about the nature of survival and society is a bonus. Gool will appeal to boys and girls alike…Recommended." (CM Magazine 2010-09-03)

"A well-written and interesting fantasy and adventure story for teens. While Gee tackles some complex themes and deeper issues in this trilogy, he does not let these get in the way of a fast-paced, gripping story…An essential purchase." (Resource Links 2010-10-01)

"Gee's quick, forceful prose makes this read almost as an extended poem of action and dialogue…[with] plenty of momentum. Salt and Gool make good choices for kids who want danger, adventure and a quick pace." (The Toronto Star 2010-12-04)

"The plot is tightly organized and has good dramatic tension as he children make their way to the city. The characters are interesting and believable. This is a good transitional book. Readers will look forward to the final installment." (Southwest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries (SWON) 2011-01-16)

"This sequel to the fantasy novel Salt is a biological and psychological horror story, and is even scarier than its predecessor...Gee's imagination is as fierce as ever." (The Sunday Herald 2008-08-03)

"In Gool, the looming apocalypse has taken an almost mythical form...Gee is a master storyteller." (New Zealand Herald 2008-06-09)

"Gee's writing style and storytelling ability are really impressive...Each [volume] has a folktale quality that is timeless and would appeal to many audiences...There is something wildly wonderful about this series that lets it stand out from so many other currently available titles. When you read a book like Harry Potter it seems like every reader will see the same thing but when you read The Salt Trilogy what each reader sees is different; it's truly amazing." (Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group 2012-03-22)

"This book would be a fantastic addition to any high school or public library collection." (Tri State YA Book Review Committee 2012-09-01)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Series: Salt Trilogy (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers; Reprint edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1459801962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1459801967
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,791,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really enjoyed reading this book. I read Salt, a book that my 12 y/o took from the library and had to read the next book in the trilogy. I am reading the Limping Man now. So far, just as good a read!
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