In the dystopic future Earth of 1992, jobs are so scarce they are rationed. Nick's Dad is lucky to work 15 hours a week.
Everyone lives in highrise apartments.
Nick's teacher has multiple classrooms and she teaches by television.
And, pets are illegal. Nick and his family are hiding a pet cat. When the cat escapes, they are visited by the Anti-Pet Man, who tells them they will have to surrender their cat.
Rather than do that, they immigrate to Plowman's Planet, which is nothing like the brochures. There's a war going on and the family quickly falls prey. Worse, the fearsome Glimmung is after Nick.
"Nick and the Glimmung" in no way representative of the author's usual style. It's intended as a children's story and for the most part, works as one. I'd recommend it for very young readers, grades 3-5, because I think this more sophisticated generation of readers will not buy the story as well as younger ones will.
Rebecca Kyle, March 2009