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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385610963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385610964
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Conan the Barbarian at loose in a Blade-Runnerish futuristic world on the verge of collapse.

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THE DESERTER

PEADAR Ó GUILÍN

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 May 2011
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Whilst this title won't appeal to all readers, it's definitely one that relies on character driven plot rather than forcing them in the direction that the author wants. The characters are believable, they're refreshing and above all else there is plenty of hooks for the reader to enable the reader to associate with them.

Add to this some great prose, decent dialogue and a kickass story that will keep the reader not only amused but entertained for quite some time. The only downside is that I do wonder if it should be aimed more at Teens than the 12 market as parts are quite scary as well as complex.
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I became interested in this book when I researched new science fiction and fantasy releases for May and came across The Deserter book two of The Bone World Trilogy. The blurb sounded good and I like this kind of stories about segregated societies kept in the dark by technologically superior conspirators and how one of the deceived finally starts to learn the truth. I immediately bought The Inferior. This is my review of the Deserter.

We left Stopmouth and Rockface alone with the refugees from the Roof and Indrani on a globe flying to the Roof at the end of The Inferior. Something happened on the Roof making them want Indrani back again.

On the Roof you can record every minuscule detail of every second of your life and many of its denizens do. Indrani is being hunted for something she saw. Some split second glance in her memory has a secret that changed their minds about saving her and made her a hunted woman. That technology reminds me of some of the life bloggers that carries a camera around in our own time. Not so far off then.

Down below it looks like the ones releasing new species gone one too far with the Diggers. They spread like wildfire planting their paralyzed live victims to feed their young ones, multiplying and multiplying.

Stopmouth has to leave for the Roof to find Indrani and weapons to fight the Diggers. But everything is not right on the Roof. The nanos that provides all their food and comforts are failing to a plague. The Upstairs has already failed, crowding the survivors into what is left. Indrani is in hiding and Stopmouth has to find her before it is too late. His people only have a few days before the Diggers reach them.
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"The Inferior", the first book in the series, was an entertaining book with an original and memorable premise. The sequel soon leaves behind the setting of the first book with its cannibal tribesmen and variety of carnivorous aliens as the protagonist Stopmouth travels to the highly-advanced society of The Roof - a once-utopian civilisation now becoming increasingly dystopian. Although this is a more traditional SF setting, the book continues to feel original perhaps due to the contrast between Stopmouth's attitudes and those of the people around him. He does seem to spend most of the novel on the run as he attempts to find his lost lover and find a way to rescue his tribe back on the surface, and there are a number of good action scenes along the way. The characterisation is mostly good, although the villains are a bit clichéd and one-dimensional. It all comes to a satisfying (although slightly rushed) conclusion which could make a good ending for the story while also leaving plenty of opportunity for another sequel.
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'The Deserter' carries on where Ó Guilín's really excellent 'The Inferior' left off. We are still in a world where, on the planet surface, stone-age humans battle for survival with a array of grotesque beasts; all the while - we discover - they are being watched by millions of inhabitants in the hyper-futuristic 'Roof' that stretches right across the planet surface.

In 'The Inferior' we were given gradual, tantalizing glimpses of what the 'Roof' might be like. In 'The Deserter' we accompany our well-drawn, sympathetic anti-hero Stopmouth into the Roof itself. We also learn about the interesting origins of the planet as a whole and its inhabitants. The Roof is a technologically and socially almost magically complex place, which now appears to be disintegrating. I did find myself wishing - as the book progressed - that the story would take us back to the far more original, imaginative and ultimately more interesting planet surface. I am really looking forward to reading the third installation in the series, which I assume will deal more equally with both realms. The books appear to be aimed at a YA readership but for adult readers this actually enhances the wonderful sense of discovering science fiction for the first time and for that reason alone I would recommend this book.
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Going to the Roof to save his love 21 May 2011
By cybermage.se - Published on Amazon.com
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I became interested in this book when I researched new science fiction and fantasy releases for May and came across The Deserter book two of The Bone World Trilogy. The blurb sounded good and I like this kind of stories about segregated societies kept in the dark by technologically superior conspirators and how one of the deceived finally starts to learn the truth. I immediately bought The Inferior. This is my review of the Deserter.

We left Stopmouth and Rockface alone with the refugees from the Roof and Indrani on a globe flying to the Roof at the end of The Inferior. Something happened on the Roof making them want Indrani back again.

On the Roof you can record every minuscule detail of every second of your life and many of its denizens do. Indrani is being hunted for something she saw. Some split second glance in her memory has a secret that changed their minds about saving her and made her a hunted woman. That technology reminds me of some of the life bloggers that carries a camera around in our own time. Not so far off then.

Down below it looks like the ones releasing new species gone one too far with the Diggers. They spread like wildfire planting their paralyzed live victims to feed their young ones, multiplying and multiplying.

Stopmouth has to leave for the Roof to find Indrani and weapons to fight the Diggers. But everything is not right on the Roof. The nanos that provides all their food and comforts are failing to a plague. The Upstairs has already failed, crowding the survivors into what is left. Indrani is in hiding and Stopmouth has to find her before it is too late. His people only have a few days before the Diggers reach them.

The Inferior took us on a journey of discovery on the bellow and The Deserter takes us on a similar journey through the Roof and Upstairs. I enjoy learning the world stories. Here we learn a lot about the people, politics, technology and a few things I wondered about in the Inferior like where the new species comes from. Stopmouth is having a rough time with massive culture chock and more people than he has ever seen before. But he also makes some new friends.

I found The Deserter less disturbing than The Inferior or maybe I got used to the cannibalism. There are some scary parts that might disturb younger kids though.

Some of the characters from the first book are back like Stopmouth, Rockface and Indrani but there are also a few new ones you will like. This is a character driven book and it shows in the quality of the characters. They are believable, well done and continues to grow throughout the story.

The governments Special Forces, the Elite are nano enhanced warriors with superhuman strength and speed. There is a thought provoking sub plot about a boy who would do anything to become one. His sacrifice in the end was very emotional.

This is about the follies of hunger for power and I think it will be to the liking of both young and adults. The Government of the Roof is despicable in my opinion feeding the struggles of the people below to entertain the masses. They withhold every eatable seed from the people below forcing them to eat each other to create conflict. It is a classic case of bread and circus but now the bread is failing and the circus is among them.

The Deserter is quite an enjoyable read with a lot of adventure, tense moments, revelations, action and love. I would really like to read more of Peadar Ó Guilín after this. His characters are just like I like them and the clash of primitives against technology is a favorite theme of mine. You might read The Inferior and The Deserter as a standalone duology but it is part of a trilogy. I have no idea when the last book will be out though I await it with high expectancy.
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