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