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The Changes Trilogy: The Devil's Children, Heartsease, and The Weathermonger Kindle Edition
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About the Author
The recipient of many awards, Dickinson has been shortlisted nine times for the prestigious Carnegie Medal for children’s literature and was the first author to win it twice. The author of twenty-one crime and mystery novels for adults, Dickinson was also the first to win the Gold Dagger of the Crime Writers’ Association for two books running: The Glass-Sided Ants’ Nest (1968) and The Old English Peepshow (1969).
A collection of Dickinson’s poetry, The Weir, was published in 2007. His latest book, In the Palace of the Khans, was published in 2012 and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal.
Dickinson has served as chairman of the Society of Authors and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2009 for services to literature.
- ASIN : B00QN350Y4
- Publisher : Open Road Media Teen & Tween (January 27, 2015)
- Publication date : January 27, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 3897 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 427 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #533,535 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Devil's Children
The stories have stood the test of time well and, since I had never read the books before, I thought the order was just fine. It is chronological in the trilogy and makes sense.
These are post-apocalyptic descriptions of an England that was affected by the Changes. Just England, Scotland and Wales were affected. All of a sudden, one day, people are fearful and/or enraged by any kind of technology and Britons go back to doing everything by hand or with the use of animals.
THE DEVIL'S CHILDREN
Nicola Gore "Nicky" leaves London for the countryside after the Changes and after 19 days joins up with a group of Sikhs, who were unaffected (some groups of people were hit harder when the Changes hit and some were totally unaffected). While telling Nicky's story, the main thrust of this book seems to be intolerance towards Sikhs and how, with Nicky's help, this feeling is turned positive.
Children seem to be less affected by the Changes than adults and two of them - Margaret and Jonathan along with a "spy" and two other children who are helping them - decide to get away from rural England over to Ireland by boat and using ponies. This was quite an action-packed book, full of chases and near-misses.
Geoffrey and his sister Sally are chased off England's shores and arrive by boat in France. One of the side effects for some people is an ability to control the weather and Geoffrey has been doing this for the five years since the Changes hit. Now they are being sent back to Wales to try and find - and stop - the source of the Changes, the Necromancer. This is action-packed too.
This was a totally different post-apocalyptic series of tales. I loved the books and can see reading them to my twin grandchildren one of these days.
The source of the Changes, revealed in THE WEATHERMONGER, was a big surprise and a good ending for the series.
Because this trilogy was put together years after the original books came out, the author was able to add some notes at the beginning of each new book that explained or gave some closure to the other books. Also, there is a pretty lengthy autobiography of the author at the very end of the book that was fun.
I recommend this to children and adults alike.
NOTE: I received this book from Open Road Integrated Media through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.
Dickinson's _The Devils Children_ features a well-realized heroine and a rich supporting cast of characters who reveal their hidden depths in surprising ways. Like C.S. Lewis, he is a masterful writer both of action and if domestic scenes, both of which, under his pen, reveal an intimate command of the details of fieldcraft, farming, armed combat, and beyond.
I fully expected to be disappointed in this trilogy, but instead I've found myself sucked in by Dickinson's capable storytelling, just as the village children are spellbound by Ajeet — the heroine's unexpected friend.
An excellent adventure for readers of all ages, full of rich and sympathetic characters who engage the heart and the mind. Little Little reliance on the tropes of the post-apocalyptic genre; where they appear, Dickinson uses them thoughtfully. The writing itself, meanwhile, is evocative and vivid.
Top reviews from other countries
In the Children's selection. But enjoyed by adults equally (as so many books are, if we are honest)