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Quickened Chronicles: The Rifts of Rime (Quickend Chronicles) Paperback – June 12, 2012

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Product Details

  • Series: Quickend Chronicles
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599559676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599559674
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,670,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a really fun book; parents will enjoy it as much as, if not more than, their kids. Peck tells the tale of squirrel warriors fighting a corrupt and oppressive regime. Pinecone is the hero, a poet of all things! Pinecone becomes entangled in the political machinations of the Thane, leader of the Grey squirrel army who is supposed to protect the forest from the fox, coyote, hawk, and other predators, but who instead seeks to oppress the Folk because of their "curse," a strange fold of skin given to their species long ago by the great Creators, called the Wealdend. Throughout Peck's thrilling squirrel warrior battles he challenges the simplicity of standard "good versus evil" tales. Some warriors realize their leader has gone astray while others in good faith try to fulfill their warrior obligations. This is an exciting and meaningful beginning to what I hope will be an ongoing series.
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What do you get when you cross Watership Down with The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and throw in a generous helping of Jonathan Livingston Seagull?

Who knows? What a stupid question. However, if you combined these elements in just the right proportions, you might end up with something vaguely resembling Steven Peck's marvellous young-adult novel, The Rifts of Rime.

Like all great YA fiction, The Rifts of Rime operates on several levels at once. On its surface, it is a great adventure tale set in a mythical land (there are hints that it is a post-human version of earth) where five species--grey squirrels, wolves, ants, marmots, and another species of squirrel known as "The Folk"--have been "quickened," or raised to sentience, by a divine creature or group of creatures known as "The Wealdend."

The society that these creatures create is not utopian, but it is functional. Except for the ants, who nobody has figured out how to talk to, the species live in their own territory but share some religious rituals and are bound by an ancient oath to take care of (or minimally not to kill) each other. The grey squirrels form a Sparta-like military culture, while "The Folk" create a culture more like Athens--driven by paper-making, writing, scholarship, and, most of all, poetry. The peaceful co-existence comes to and end, however, when the leader of the grey squirrels ("the Thane") begins to act as a dictator in flat defiance of the customs and spiritual beliefs of the five quickened races.

In the process of confronting this dictatorship, the creatures need to make difficult decisions about loyalty--to either a set of ideals or to a current political structure.
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My 14-year-old son absolutely loved this book! He read it in two days, in between school and play practice and eating and sleeping. My son is smart, reads a lot, and only "loves" a few books. He will definitely be reading the next two. This is a great book for readers who like accurate biology (if you understand first that animals don't really talk), books about words, and adventure.
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By Amy on September 28, 2013
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I loved every page of this book! Peck's love for biology is evident in this work, and as a biologist myself I thoroughly appreciated his naturalist imagination. I used to pretend things like this as a kid, wondering what secret societies might have existed in the animal world that we had no idea about. This made me feel like a kid again. The characters were well developed, the story flowed seamlessly from one scene to the next and kept the pages turning. I'm definitely going to read this to my kids!
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