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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (5 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141330120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141330129
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 531,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Whitley was born in Chester in 1984. At the age of seventeen he was shortlisted for the Kathleen Fidler Award for a children's novel and at twenty he won the Cheshire Prize for Literature for a children's short story. TV quiz fans will have spotted David on BBC2's University Challenge, when he was a member of Oxford's Corpus Christi team who became Series Champions in 2005. In 2009 he published his debut, The Midnight Charter, which sold in 18 countries and 12 languages around the world. The Children of the Lost is his second book.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr T Niwa on 2 Jan. 2011
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I am not normally into these type of 'other-worldly' books but must say I have been captured by Whitley's style of writing. His ability to create imaginary worlds out of words with the degree of clarity, tension and suspense that he did, had me spell-bound from the first page until the end. I am doubly impressed that the writer is only 26 years old and he must be commended for this well-written book.

Without spoiling too much of the plot this second instalment of the Agora trilogy sees the two main characters, Lily and Mark banished from the ancient city of Agora. Upon their journey they come across the village of Aecer which in all respects is different from Agora. Aecer is run along communal lines where all is shared and decisions are made collectively for the good of the village, a vast difference from the capitalist-oriented city of Agora where everything has its price and everything is determined by individualised contract. Lily is awed by the way the village functions in an almost utopian way, something that she has always hoped for for her beloved Agora. Mark however has his reservations, and over time he is greeted with much suspicion by a large portion of the villagers. Over time they both begin to unravel the mysteries within and surrounding this village and realise that not everything is all that Lily had first thought.

I have not read the first instalment of the trilogy and I don't think that you need to to 'get into' this one. I am now going to purchase it myself, read it and eagerly await the final instalment due out later in the year. A highly recommended novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. J. Reeves on 10 Sept. 2010
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The brilliant follow-up to The Midnight Charter, packed with ideas, suspense and spine-tingling peril. Whitley continues his investigation of the relationship between society and the individual, as seen through the eyes of two children experiencing various cultures. Having escaped / been banished from the rapacious capitalist society of Agora, Lily and Mark discover a village run on communal lines. It appears to be a utopian paradise, based on sharing and equality - but all is not what it seems; the rural idyll is shattered by genuinely shocking events. It's a great read for anyone - older children will enjoy this book but I got a great deal out of it as an adult. Read it - and then read The Midnight CHarter, if you haven't already. The third part of the trilogy is out next year...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crazy Jamie on 25 Feb. 2013
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As with my review of the Midnight Charter, I am transferring this review to Amazon having read the final book in the series, the Canticle of Whispers. As such I am happy to confirm that this is an excellent trilogy that I highly recommend.

I was a big fan of Whitley's first book, the Midnight Charter, set in a city where anything can be traded, including emotions, memories, and even children. The book showed remarkably potential for a debut fantasy novel, and as such I was looking forward to this book a great deal. Fortunately there is no doubt that the potential shown in the first book has come to fruition in the second.

In Children of the Lost Mark and Liley, the two main characters from the first book, are faced with a land outside of the one that they grew up in. In stark contrast to Agora, the village of Aecer is one in which no trading takes place, and all residents work selflessly towards the good of the village. It is a society that has strong socialist undertones in stark contrast the capitalist nature of Agora, and by comparison it seems to be a perfect and peaceful place.

However, things are obviously never that straightforward in fantasy novels, and this is no exception. The village is plagued by a strange Nightmare that influences people even when they are awake, and Mark and Lily are faced with the realisation that the village that seems so idyllic may in fact be hiding its own share of dark secrets.

Of course the plot is far from restrained to new areas, and all of the major characters from the past book return in the second offering, which regularly switches back to Agora to deal with the characters still within the city boundaries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erin Britton on 15 Oct. 2013
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David Whitley's The Midnight Charter introduced readers to Agora, an ancient city-state where everything is for sale - goods, thoughts, emotions, and memories - even children. In this insular environment where money does not exist and trading and contracts are the only way to survive, successful merchants wield ultimate power, plague spreads rapidly throughout the slums, and children are possessions until their twelfth birthdays. In the tower of the famous astrologer Count Stelli, two young children, both of whom have been sold as slaves, meet. Mark has been sold by his father to the Count's grandson in return for medical treatment, while orphaned Lily is now owned by the Count. As Mark and Lily struggle to find their place in Agora, him within the power structure of the city and her without, the mysterious ruler of Agora, the Director of Receipts, tracks their progress.

With The Children of the Lost we return once more to Agora as Whitley continues the fantastical adventures of Mark and Lily. The Children of the Lost picks up right where The Midnight Charter leaves off (this is a series that you definitely need to read in order) with Mark and Lily having been banished from Agora. Lost, alone and, for the first time ever, with only themselves to think about, Mark and Lily venture away from Agora and eventually discover the land of Giseth and take refuge in the village of Aecer, a seemingly idyllic community where everyone is equal and the concept of ownership is unknown. For Lily, who had always hated the frantic pace and mercenary ways of Agora, Aecer seems perfect, but Mark is suspicious.
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