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The Deserter Hardcover – March 13, 2012

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About 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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385751494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385751490
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,167,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tracylea Byford on June 18, 2016
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Recommended for adults and teens alike. Imaginative science fiction with refreshing characters and a fast-paced plot. My nephew devoured the book in under two days. Great to see a good that kids are eager to read!
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Format: Hardcover
The Deserter is an interesting story. In one hand you have a desolate and forgotten civilization. These people forage, hunt, and worry every day about where the next meal will come from. Each day is a struggle. Education is non-existent. Each day is a fight for survival. In the other hand is an advanced civilization where food is not a worry and the next big apprehension is tonight's entertainment. Two very diverse worlds sit together but do not co-exist. Both are aware of each other but do not mingle.

And then conflict arises. The lesser, or beastly of the civilizations, is in dire need of becoming erased from the lower planet. Hence the journey the main character partakes. An old evil has returned to become a new threat. He needs the resources to defeat this enemy. This is where the two civilizations clash. This Neanderthal of a main character must force himself into the upper, more advanced people to find a lost love that will help to save his own people.

This kind of storyline poses a problem for any author. I am a huge fan of breaking some grammatical rules every once in a while if it means that the reader can better associate with the characters. People from different parts of any country have different slang and different accents and different mannerisms. Why should a story reflect only one proper style? I hate reading dialogue when every character sounds the same. With the he said and she said after every spoken a conversation can become lost in translation and after a bit you forget which character is speaking.

Well I am glad to say that the author does an excellent job displaying the different characters and civilizations. At no point in the story is the reader ever confused with whom they should be connecting too. This made me very happy.
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Stopmouth is on a quest to find Indrani and save his people. To do so he'll have to journey from the stark desolate primitive landscapes of the Surface and enter the overly saturated stimulation of the Roof. But nothing in either world goes unnoticed by the Commission. They're tracking Stopmouth and hunting Indrani amidst mounting tensions over the decaying state of living conditions. Together they'll find the key that holds the fate of the Roof's rulers in their hands. The Commission will stop at nothing to get it from them.

This book sounded familiar and I hadn't realized at first that this was the sequel to The Inferior, which I read a few years ago. At first glance the two books don't come across as a set. Peadar O'Guilin explores the flip side of world building in The Deserter. From primitive to technologically advanced O'Guilin makes you think savages are far more civilized and complex than their Roof counterparts. I thought the imagery was great but the pacing a little slow, I had to work through this one, but there were some pulse pounding action scenes sprinkled throughout to keep the reader interested. Unfortunately I just couldn't connect with the story. I wanted to be swept up into the story and characters but the book didn't excite or enthrall me as I thought it would.

Overall The Deserter is a deceivingly complex book that compliments it's predecessor. Peadar O'Guilin delivers yet another well written book that I only wish would have captured my attention more.
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That's what Stopmouth finds himself caught in, when he ends up on the roof. Will he survive autograph hunters long enough to find his wjfe? Will he survive Wallbreaker's shadow? And... who's the pretty girl?
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