Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Review: Nation

Title: Nation
Author: Terry Pratchett
Genre: Adventure, Science Fiction

Why I Read It: Because who doesn't love a good old fashioned desert island story?

A Quick Summary: When the wave came, it washed away everything Mau loved, his entire village. And washed up a boat on a beach with one sole survivor- Daphne.   Together they have to find way to survive and keep the Nation alive, especially as survivors begin to wash up on shore.

What I Thought: I really enjoyed this one. I enjoyed reading from Daphne's point of view as she learned about the island customs. She and Mau have to work with a language barrier- neither of them have any idea how to speak the other language. Daphne takes on all of the women's roles for the Nation- including making beer, medicine and delivering a babies as the survivors begin to arrive. Mau has to take care of all of the leadership responsibilities, as well as dealing with the trauma of losing everything he has known, and losing his faith in his gods. The book is set in an alternate universe, so it has some science fiction components, including an interesting little science twist toward the end (don't want to spoil, so I can't tell you so much more). Overall this was a really enjoyable escapist read.

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