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Book Title: Piraternas fånge|
The author of the book: Emily Diamand
Date of issue: 2010
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.13 MB
Edition: Bokförlaget Semic
Read full description of the books Piraternas fånge:When I rate books, I don't use the goodreads system. To me, a 1 star book is terrible, a 2 star is pretty bad, and a 3 star is okay. And that's pretty much the only way I can describe Flood Child: it was okay. The writing style isn't particularly interesting, the characters aren't really likeable, the plot is nothing special... but it was enough to keep me engaged for a couple of days. It was fine, really - it just didn't make me feel any emotions, so I haven't got much to say about it - besides the world-building. This was my main problem with the book, and I think that if the world-building had been better I might have rated this a bit higher. What I'm saying is this book really should be a 3 star, but the world-building drags it down.
Flood Child is a dystopian, and it suffers from a problem lots of dystopias have: it's not believable. I personally think that a dystopian novel is one of the hardest to write; the author has to construct a setting, a world, which the reader can not only believe is possible, but understand why the world turned out that way.
Flood Child doesn't achieve that. The story is set in England, 2216, almost exactly 200 years in the future. By this point, sea levels have risen enormously and much of the old England is underwater. Society has broken down; the Scottish have taken over much of England, leaving the remaining 'Last Ten Counties of England' under the control of a Prime Minister (the role of which appears to be hereditary). Scotland and England are at war and the country is ravaged by bloodthirsty reavers, who are at war with everyone. There's little mention of any other countries, but I'm guessing that they somehow amalgamated into larger countries, as 'Scandinavia' is referenced, and in the context it sounds like an individual state.
How on earth am I supposed to believe this?! This story takes place just 200 years in the future, and I'm expected to believe that water levels have risen to drown most of Britain, society has disintegrated, Scotland has taken over England, everyone is at war, and evil reavers ravage the country?! How am I expected to believe that Scotland is now a hub of technology, a stronghold of bizarre futuristic experiments and insanely developed computers, but the rest of England has reverted to talking and living like they're back in the Middle Ages? In this modern-day England, the priests effectively run the country, everyone appears to be illiterate, technology is denounced as evil, women are married off at the age of 12, the villagers depend on fishing and menial jobs in order to get by, and organised religion is once again in charge. Am I really supposed to believe that all of this has happened in 200 years? Is this really what you think the world is going to look like in 200 years?
Because I don't think so. Perhaps the story would have been better if it was set in an alternate universe, or maybe it should have been set in the Middle Ages, minus the computers and technology. But as a dystopia? No. Doesn't work.
Read information about the authorEmily Diamand found her way into authoring when her debut novel won the Times/Chicken House prize for children's fiction in 2008. Prior to that she had various jobs including environmental campaigner, organic farmer, surveyor of trees, brussels sprouts picker and pond digger.
Her first novel Flood Child (previously published as Reavers Ransom) was sold in eighteen languages, and was shortlisted for the Branford Boase award.
The US edition, Raiders Ransom, was a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2009 and the American Library Association's top 100 young adult fiction titles.
The sequel, Flood and Fire, was published in the UK in August 2010 and in the US and Germany in 2011.
Her new book Ways to See a Ghost was published in the UK in July 2013
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