Saturday, July 5, 2008

Noman by William Nicholson

I recommend this book for: middle and high school

Have you ever been looking forward to something so much, that your expectations are ridiculously high, and even though it's pretty good when it comes, you're still disappointed? That's what happened to me with this book. I can't rave enough about how fantastic Seeker and Jango are . . . and this one was just alright.

As it opens, Seeker is tracking the remaining savanters to finish his mission to kill them. But the Old Ones are crafty, and it's proving more difficult than expected. Meanwhile, Morning Star is getting fed up with the Wildman and life in the spiker army and sets out for home. When she gets there, she finds that everyone has abandoned the village and joined the Joy Boy, a young man who promises eternal life and joy to anyone who joins him - and his following has become huge. Although she is skeptical at first, Star quickly begins to believe him and sets out to bring him what he wants. And what he wants is Seeker.

The world is still beautiful, the thoughts on belief and religion thought-provoking, but I found the characters somewhat disappointing. Seeker has become so powerful that it's hard to empathize with him, and I found the glimpse into his future more confusing than enlightening. As for the romance, it seemed a bit too predictable in the end, and the ending was too neat for the group of characters who destroyed and then recreated the world order.

No real reviews on Amazon, but you can read an excerpt.

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