Thursday, October 23, 2008

Nation by Terry Pratchett

Lynn: The premise is simple - a devastating tidal wave brings two young people of widely disparate cultures together on a tropical island. The resulting story is anything but simple; packed with vast and universal themes, mixed with humor and peopled with vivid characters. This has to be one of Pratchett’s best. Like all his stories, the humor and the inventive quirkiness makes for a delightful read yet this is a story that also thoughtfully explores an array of fascinating themes ranging from faith, free will, gender, science, class structure, justice, duty and the nature of the universe.

I completely fell in love with the characters and I also think that one of the most appealing features of this book is the underlying sweetness of it that moved me tremendously. Besides, who can resist the tree climbing octopi and the grandfather birds?