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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552555274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552555272
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,684,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peadar has been writing curious stories for as long as he can remember. One of his school reports claimed that he had "a talent for communication, which he abuse[d]." Since then he has written plays, published short stories and performed as a stand-up comedian. He has taken part in a project to translate the Linux operating system into Irish and is fluent in French and Italian. Peadar lives in Dublin where he toils night and day for a giant computer corporation.


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This is one of the best science fiction novels by a new writer that I have come across for quite some time (The School Librarian 2007-12-01)

The Inferior is unflinchingly gory and deserves much credit for not sugar-coating its issues (SFX Magazine 2007-10-01)

This is a stark, dark tale, written with great enery and confidence and some arresting reflections on human nature (TES 2007-09-07)

A chilling, futuristic tale, which sees humans descend to savagery and cannibalism . . . A compelling read for mid-teens (Mary Arrigan Irish Examiner)

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Tarzan meets the Truman show in this sensational future-fiction debut for the Matrix generation.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE on 20 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
Brought up in a technology-free world where the only law is eat or be eaten, Stopmouth belongs to a small tribe of humans that faces a daily battle for survival against alien creatures. Ridiculed for his stutter and regarded as an idiot by his tribe, Stopmouth is cursed with compassion and almost dies when he ignores the tribal rule of `don't stop, don't die' to bravely rescue his popular brother, Wallbreaker, from an ambush by creatures known as Armourbacks. Stopmouth's heroic actions are for nothing though, when Wallbreaker takes credit for his kills.

The resentment that this creates between the brothers is accentuated when a beautiful woman literally falls from the sky into their world. Unable to speak the tribe's language Indrani is a fierce fighter who refuses to eat the flesh that all need to survive and shuns all in the tribe. However she and Stopmouth become close when she nurses him back to health from injuries that should have seen him traded to the other creatures as fresh meat. Their tentative friendship incurs Wallbreaker's jealousy - he wants Indrani as a second wife and is also ambitious to become the tribe's new chief.

Caught between loyalty to his brother and his growing feelings for Indrani, Stopmouth soon begins to make discoveries about his world, and Indrani's - discoveries that will change not only his life, but also the life of his tribe forever.

Ó Guilín's stunning debut novel combines cannibalism, stone age society, aliens, space craft and even The Truman Show to incredible effect. The central character is easy to empathise with - Stopmouth has to overcome his own deficiencies, the attitude of his tribe and even the attitude of Indrani to secure what he wants.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
A tribe of humans lives in a vast, crumbling city in the midst of a forested land. No-one knows who built the city or why. The Tribe survives by hunting hostile species for food, or trading flesh with more neutrally-aligned races. When a hunter becomes too wounded or too elderly to endure, they are expected to Volunteer for the flesh-trade. It is a harsh world of kill or be killed, eat or be eaten, where the strong survive and the weak perish.

Stopmouth is a hunter low in confidence due to his constant stutter, overshadowed by his more heroic, intelligent brother. But the Tribe needs them both to survive, when their rival species form an unprecedented alliance and a strange force falls from the skies which will drastically change Stopmouth's life forever...

The Inferior, Book One of The Bone World Trilogy, is a refreshingly different type of speculative fiction, channelling many of tropes of fantasy but gradually subverting them with SF ideas as the storyline continues to develop. The world of the Tribe is an intriguing one, a savage landscape where different races battle for survival and for flesh and the good of the many comes before the good of the individual. It is also a world where nothing is as it first appears, and later chapters introduce new races, new locations, new ideas and characters which add to the tapestry of the storyline.

The Inferior is being marketed as a Young Adult series, but it's a fairly harsh book, not skimping on the details of cannibalism or the visceral nature of the hunt and combat. I imagine the author had a great time inventing different monsters and species, with the vile Longtongues and Diggers being particularly unpleasent.
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By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
A tribe of humans lives in a vast, crumbling city in the midst of a forested land. No-one knows who built the city or why. The Tribe survives by hunting hostile species for food, or trading flesh with more neutrally-aligned races. When a hunter becomes too wounded or too elderly to endure, they are expected to Volunteer for the flesh-trade. It is a harsh world of kill or be killed, eat or be eaten, where the strong survive and the weak perish.

Stopmouth is a hunter low in confidence due to his constant stutter, overshadowed by his more heroic, intelligent brother. But the Tribe needs them both to survive, when their rival species form an unprecedented alliance and a strange force falls from the skies which will drastically change Stopmouth's life forever...

The Inferior, Book One of The Bone World Trilogy, is a refreshingly different type of speculative fiction, channelling many of tropes of fantasy but gradually subverting them with SF ideas as the storyline continues to develop. The world of the Tribe is an intriguing one, a savage landscape where different races battle for survival and for flesh and the good of the many comes before the good of the individual. It is also a world where nothing is as it first appears, and later chapters introduce new races, new locations, new ideas and characters which add to the tapestry of the storyline.

The Inferior is being marketed as a Young Adult series, but it's a fairly harsh book, not skimping on the details of cannibalism or the visceral nature of the hunt and combat. I imagine the author had a great time inventing different monsters and species, with the vile Longtongues and Diggers being particularly unpleasent.
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